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23. If any person does not meditate on this great all-
pervading void, which is the space of consciousness
(chidakasa), he will be a samsari (a worldly individual) forever
in bondage to worldly attachments, like the silkworm in its
self made cocoon. Understand this.

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21. In our natural state, actions, cause and result of such
actions, and all the various other theories propounded (in the
scriptures) do not exist. In fact, even the diverse world does
not exist. As such even the worldly individual who is attached
to (the various attractions of) the world is also nonexistent.


22. This entire universe is nothing but the niralamba (the
reality which exists without any support). Further, it shines
being illumined by the niralamba. The yogi (with his mind
turned inward) merges with this whole one by making every
object in this world one with it. Know this.

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20. People perform their actions having their own aims
in mind, and they accordingly reap the consequences of their
actions by attaining those aims. Therefore do not engage in
such actions which are not free from flaws (leading to
bondage). Turn the attention completely away from external
objects and concentrate only upon that (the Self) which cannot
be seen.

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19. Unite with that one totality, which is all-pervasive,
which has no inside or outside, which is bereft of all (concept
of) directions such as above, below and in between, which
assumes all the forms in creation and yet is itself formless,
which can be known only by itself, and which is self-luminous.

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18. For those whose minds are constantly expanding,
clinging to external objects, factors will always arise causing
increasing bondage. If the outward-wandering mind is turned
inwards to stay in its natural state, know that one will not
undergo any suffering in the world.

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16. Those who seek everlasting liberation need not
endeavour to practise repetition and countless verse mantras
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(repeating potent scriptural words or texts to gain various
ends), and methods of yoga such as breath-control
(pranayama), breath retention (kumbhaka) and concentration.

17. There is no room for performing puja (worship of
deities), namaskaram (paying homage like prostration), japa
(incantation), dhyana [?](contemplation) and so on. Hear from
me that the highest truth acclaimed in the Vedas can be known
only through jnana; hence, there is absolutely no need to know
anything outside of oneself.

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15. Instead of following this direct path, do not ever
contemplate even in the least upon chakras (located in six
adharas, centres in the body), nadis (subtle nerves that produce
the ten divine sounds such as Pranava), the deities associated
with the lotus seats (in the adhara chakras, beginning with
Vinayaka), the mantraksharas (potent sound syllables for the
worship of these deities) and the diverse mandala murtis (the
God-aspects, starting from those controlling the sun, Surya
Mandala, the moon, Chandra Mandala, and fire, Agni
mandala).

Note: Some aspirants indulge in severe austerities and
arduous practices, mastering several techniques and
incidentally attaining extraordinary supernatural powers as
well. All these are to be shunned as they do not lead to ultimate
peace and joy. On the other hand, the path of Kala Jnana
described here is a direct path to mukti.

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14. The void which is the infinite and all-encompassing
one whole without a second, which is just the effulgence of
pure wisdom, which is completely devoid of visible
phenomena and which consists of the aspect `I' is the seed
which fructifies as liberation, bestowing salvation by enabling
one to unite with the Supreme.

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13. The consciousness (chaitanya) associated with the
aspect `am' is called Sakti. The universe shines by its light.
The entire creation is Sakti's sankalpa (thought). The state
(of mind) which is completely devoid of all attachment is the
pure (wisdom) to be attained.

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12. Being rid of the worldly knowledge, the great hero
who has acquired pure wisdom, in which there are no sense
objects, and which is all pervading and without any form,
will attain immutable moksha [?]without fail, even though he
may have no desire to attain liberation.

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10. When the mind moves even a little, that is samsara
(worldly bondage); when the mind abides firmly and
motionlessly (in the state of Self), that is mukti [?] (liberation).
This is certain. Therefore know that the wise man must hold
his mind firm by supreme Self-awareness.

11. The happiness attained in this aloneness is the highest,
boundless bliss. Which learned persons will not revel in
that Supreme Reality, in which there is absolutely no action?
Tell me.

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10. When the mind moves even a little, that is samsara
(worldly bondage); when the mind abides firmly and
motionlessly (in the state of Self), that is mukti [?] (liberation).
This is certain. Therefore know that the wise man must hold
his mind firm by supreme Self-awareness.

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6-7. If one is to describe the person who can bring under
control his mind, which is restless and turbulent like a
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whirlwind, and maintain it in a tranquil state, he is verily
Brahma (the God that does the creation), Siva (the saviour
who shows the path to salvation) and Vishnu (the sustainer of
the world); he is Indra, King of the devas, and Lord
Subrahmanya (chief commander of all the celestial forces);
he is Brihaspati, the guru of all devas; he is a supreme yogi,
and one who has achieved the result of performing all
austerities; he is a great scholar (who has mastered all the
Vedas and sastras[?]), and an outstanding man; he is one who
has achieved the true spiritual goal

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5. Claiming nothing as `mine', filled with compassion,
giving protection to all living beings so that no creature fears
you, yearning for liberation, absorbed in yoga (union of jiva [?]
and Para, fusion of individual self with the universal Self),
study this work Devikalottara and follow wholeheartedly and
steadfastly the single path shown therein.

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1. O Lord of all celestial beings! I yearn to know that path
of supreme wisdom and the code of conduct by adopting which
one can get liberation, so that all humanity may attain salvation.
I request you to enlighten me on them, out of your grace.

Ishwara :

2. O Queen among women! So that everyone may attain
knowledge, I shall clearly explain to you today the highest
knowledge and the discipline to be followed by which
discerning seekers will attain liberation, which is free from
any blemish and is difficult to describe.

3. O Lady with fair countenance! Understand that one
who is not able to realise the Truth in his Heart by this
knowledge of spiritual wisdom known as Kala Jnana, can
never attain it even by studying countless crores of sastras [?]
(scriptures) spread out like the sky.

4. Therefore cast aside all fears (on following this path)
and shed all doubts. Giving up attachment or desire for
anything, be ardent in seeking the ultimate knowledge with
wholehearted devotion and with a clear mind (without any
trace of confusion).

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(Introduction by Sri Bhagavan)

This work is one of the upa-agamas and explains the
supreme wisdom to be attained by mature souls and their mode
of life, expounded by the Supreme Lord Siva to Devi Parvati.
It is the essence of all Agama Sastras on matters of spiritual
knowledge. This is verily the boat which can rescue the mortals
struggling hard, sinking and rising, in the sorrowful ocean of
samsara of endless cycles of births and deaths and take them
by the direct path to the shore of liberation. Let all earnest
seekers after Truth, instead of groping in the dark, bewildered,
and losing their way, adopt the help of this straight path and
reach the supreme state to bliss and peace.

Invocation

Meditate in the Heart upon Lord Ganesa -- the silent,
non-dual, universal witness -- who is the nectar of divine
bliss and is full of grace, shining as the bountiful flowering of
aspirants following the path of spiritual wisdom revealed in
Devikalottara, which was expounded by Lord Ishwara into
the ears of Goddess Ishwari.

Note: In the original Tamil verse, the word `kari' means
`elephant', which denotes Lord Ganesa as per tradition, but
the word `kari' also means `witness', which denotes the
Universal Self, which is in line with Advaitic experience.

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Devi [?]:

1. O Lord of all celestial beings! I yearn to know that path
of supreme wisdom and the code of conduct by adopting which
one can get liberation, so that all humanity may attain salvation.
I request you to enlighten me on them, out of your grace.

Ishwara :

2. O Queen among women! So that everyone may attain
knowledge, I shall clearly explain to you today the highest
knowledge and the discipline to be followed by which
discerning seekers will attain liberation, which is free from
any blemish and is difficult to describe.

3. O Lady with fair countenance! Understand that one
who is not able to realise the Truth in his Heart by this
knowledge of spiritual wisdom known as Kala Jnana, can
never attain it even by studying countless crores of sastras [?]
(scriptures) spread out like the sky.

4. Therefore cast aside all fears (on following this path)
and shed all doubts. Giving up attachment or desire for
anything, be ardent in seeking the ultimate knowledge with
wholehearted devotion and with a clear mind (without any
trace of confusion).

5. Claiming nothing as `mine', filled with compassion,
giving protection to all living beings so that no creature fears
you, yearning for liberation, absorbed in yoga (union of jiva [?]
and Para, fusion of individual self with the universal Self),
study this work Devikalottara and follow wholeheartedly and
steadfastly the single path shown therein.

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Let go of what has passed,
Let go of what may come,
Let go of what is happening now,
Don't try to figure anything out,
Don't try to make anything happen,
Relax, right now, and rest.

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Question: You say all moments are contained in the one supreme moment. I cannot understand this.

Sri Anandamayi Ma: In reality there is nothing but the one moment all along. Just as one single tree contains numberless trees, innumerable leaves, infinite movement, and untold static states, so does one moment contain an infinite number of moments, and within all these countless moments lies the one single moment. Look, there is motion as well as rest in that supreme moment. Why then should the revelation of the moment be spoken of? Because, misled by your perception of differences, you think of yourself and of each and every creature or object in the world as being apart from one another. This is why, for you, separateness exists.

~ from 'The Essential Sri Ananadamayi Ma: Life and Teachings of a 20th Century Indian Saint' by Alexander Lipski

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58. I am not the gross body, nor am I the subtle body. I
am also not the causal body. I am the kinsman of the universe.
I am the One who is of the nature of transcendental knowledge.
I am moreover the eternal One, the Lord, the taintless One,
the One who is devoid of the states (of waking, dream and
sleep), the One who is devoid of the universe.

to Devi Parvati in 'Devikalottara'

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Questioner: You are asking me to give up the world, while I want to be happy in the world.

Nisargadatta Maharaj: If you ask for the impossible, who can help you? The limited is bound to be painful and pleasant in turns. If you seek real happiness, unassailable and unchangeable, you must leave the world with its pains and pleasures behind you.

Questioner: How is it done?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: Mere physical renunciation is only a token of earnestness, but earnestness alone does not liberate. There must be understanding which comes with alert perceptivity, eager enquiry and deep investigation. You must work relentlessly for your salvation from sin and sorrow.

Questioner: What is sin?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: All that binds you.

~ from 'I Am That', chapter 101

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You may associate holy men and study scriptures; but unless you practice spiritual disciplines, nothing will avail. One has to undergo long hardship for that. It requires quite a lot of self-control, and intense spiritual struggle.

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You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame. How could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?

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Divine happiness, even the tiniest particle of a grain of it, never leaves one again; and when one attains to the essence of things and finds one’s Self–this is supreme happiness. When it is found, nothing else remains to be found; the sense of want will not awaken anymore, and the heart’s torment will be stilled forever. Do not be satisfied with fragmentary happiness, which is invariably interrupted by shocks and blows of fate; but become complete, and having attained to perfection, be YOURSELF.

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A yogi has no particular path;
He simply renounces imagining things.
His mind then ceases of its own accord,
And the perfect state just naturally occurs.

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Focus attention on the feeling inside you.
Stay present and continue to be the observer
of what is happening inside you.
Become aware, not only of the emotional pain,
but also of, 'the One who observes, the Silent Watcher.'
This is the power of the now;
the power of conscious presence.
Then See what happens.

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