Telling stories is the most effective and the easiest way to teach and preach ethics and morality, philosophy or human psychology, social ideals and religion, politics and social human behavior, emotions of love, hate, anger, and heroism to any age group of the species of mankind. We find many Akhyanas (stories) in the oldest available scriptures i.e. the oldest available scriptures i.e. the tenth Mandala of the Rigveda. The same is developed later on in Brahman literature, Upanishads, Puranas, Epics, and classical literature. The famous 'Panchtantra' is known to be written by Vishnu Sharma to teach politics to the three princes of King Amarshkti.
Similarly, the author of Yogavasishtha has also, employed this technique of storytelling in expounding subtle ideals of Indian philosophy through Akhyanas in the book. Yogavasishtha like Srimad Bhagvadgita is the most appropriate, even in the present times of information technology for the most ordinary human being, anywhere in the world. It gives us 'Peace' the most sought-after thing in the present world. This book does not believe in renouncing the world or duties, unlike the Upanishads. Here the author has utilized 'Fifty-five' Akhyanas (Stories) to simplify the difficult ideals of Indian Philosophy. A few of them are repetitions, so to avoid repetition I have compiled them into fifty stories.