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I am awareness itself,
Bound only by my thirst for life.

I am the infinite ocean.

When thoughts spring up,

The wind freshens, and like waves
A thousand worlds arise.

But when the wind falls,
The trader sinks with his ship.

On the boundless ocean of my being
He founders,
And all the worlds with him.

But O how wonderful!

I am the unbounded deep
In whom all living things
Naturally arise,
Rush against each other playfully,
And then subside.

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The master is like a child.
All his actions are without motive.

He is pure.
Whatever he does, he is detached.

He is blessed.
He understands the nature of the Self.
His mind is no longer thirsty.

He is the same under all conditions,
Whatever he sees or hears,
Or smells or touches or tastes.

(18.64-65)

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Seeing this world as pure illusion, and devoid of any interest in it, how should the strong-minded person, feel fear, even at the approach of death?

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Attached as you have been to
kingdoms, sons, wives, bodies, pleasures—
life after life—
still they are now lost forever.
10.7
Prosperity, pleasure, pious deeds…
Enough!
In the dreary forest of the world
the mind finds no rest.
10.8
For how many lifetimes
have you done hard and painful labor
with body, mind and speech?
It is time to stop.

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You are pure.
Nothing touches you.
What is there to renounce?
Let it all go,
The body and the mind.
Let yourself dissolve.

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The great-souled person sees even his own body in action as if it were someone else's, so how should he be disturbed by praise or blame?

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For me here is neither bondage nor liberation. The illusion has lost its basis and ceased. Truly all this exists in me, though ultimately it does not even exist in me.

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The jnani sees even his own body in action as if it were someone else's,
so how could he ever be disturbed by praise or blame?

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The mind desires this,
And grieves for that.
It embraces one thing,
And spurns another.
Now it feels anger,
Now happiness.

In this way you are bound.

But when the mind desires nothing
And grieves for nothing,
When it is without joy or anger
And, grasping nothing,
Turns nothing away...

Then you are free.

(8.1-2)

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Attracted and repulsed with feelings, perceiving is always bewildered...
Perceived feelings are of the perceiver of feelings, but THAT abiding in itself is without any perceptibility (perceivable form).

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The mind desires this,
And grieves for that.
It embraces one thing,
And spurns another.

Now it feels anger,
Now happiness.

In this way you are bound.

But when the mind desires nothing
And grieves for nothing,
When it is without joy or anger
And, grasping nothing,
Turns nothing away. . .

Then you are free.

When the mind is attracted
To anything it senses,
You are bound.

When there is no attraction,
You are free.

Where there is no I,
You are free.

Where there is I,
You are bound.

Consider this.

It is easy.

Embrace nothing,
Turn nothing away.

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My Child, you may read or discuss scripture as much as you like. But until you forget everything you will never live in your Heart [The Self]

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Yesterday
I lived bewildered,
In illusion.
But now I am awake,
Flawless and serene,
Beyond the world.
From my light,
The body and the world arise.
So all things are mine,
Or nothing is.
Now I have given up
The body and the world,
I have a special gift.
I see the infinite Self.
As a wave,
Seething and foaming,
Is only water
So all creation,
Streaming out of the Self,
Is only the Self.
Consider a piece of cloth.
It is only threads!
So all creation,
When you look closely,
Is only the Self.

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Rare in the world is the one on whom experiences do not leave any impressions, and who does not hanker after any experiences still to be enjoyed.

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Happiness

First I gave up action,
Then idle words,
And lastly thought itself.
Now I am here.

Ridding my mind of distraction,
single-pointed,
I shut out sound and all the senses,
And I am here.

Meditation is needed
Only when the mind is distracted
By false imagining.
Knowing this,
I am here.

Without joy or sorrow,
Grasping nothing, spurning nothing,
O Master, I am here.

What do I care
If I observe or neglect
The four stages of life?

Meditation,
Controlling the mind,
These are mere distractions!
Now I am here.

Doing, or not doing,
Both come from not knowing.
Knowing this fully,
I am here.

Thinking
Of what is beyond thinking Is still thinking.
I gave up thinking,
And I am here.

Whoever fulfills this
Fulfills his own nature
And is indeed fulfilled.

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I am not the body,
Nor is the body mine.
I am awareness itself
When you know this,
You have no thought
For what you have done
Or left undone.
You become one,
Perfect and indivisible.
“I am in all things,
From Brahma to a blade of grass.”
When you know this,
You have no thought
For success or failure
Or the mind’s inconstancy.
You are pure. You are still.
The world with all its wonders Is nothing.
When you know this,
Desire melts away.
For you are awareness itself.
When you know in your heart
That there is nothing,
You are still.

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“Desire is at the root of ignorance, and so long as desire persists, the sense of the acceptable and the unacceptable, which is the branch and sprout of the tree of samsara, must necessarily continue.” (152)

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“One who is attached to samsara wants to renounce it in order to free himself from misery. But one who is not attached continues to remain in samsara and yet live happily.” (154)

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He who seeks enlightenment as an individual seeker, and still is identified with the body, is neither a jnani nor a yogi, and suffers misery.”

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If you desire liberation avoid objects of the senses & seek compassion, truthfulness, contentment, forgiveness, straightforwardness & love.

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O how wonderful!
I am awareness itself,
No less.

The world is a magic show!

But in me
There is nothing to embrace,
And nothing to turn away.

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“From you the universe emerges as a bubble from the sea. In this manner having known your non-dual Self, practice dissolution.” 5.2

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One may enjoy the
abundant pleasures of the world,
but will never be happy
until giving them up.

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If the master encounters
A king or a woman
Or someone he dearly loves,
He is without desire.
And when he honors
A god or a holy place
Or a man versed in the scriptures,
There is no longing in his heart.
None at all!

He is unperturbed
Even when his servants despise him,
Or his wives, sons, and grandsons mock him.
Even when his whole family makes fun of him,
He is undismayed.

For him there is no pain in pain,
No pleasure in pleasure.
Only those who are like him
Can know his exaltation.

He has no form.
His form is emptiness.
He is constant and pure.
He has no sense of duty,
Which only binds men to the world.

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Your real nature is one perfect, free, and actionless consciousness, the all-pervading, unattached to anything, desireless, at peace. It appears through illusion as the world. Knowing that all this is an illusion, one becomes free from desire, pure receptivity and at peace, as if nothing existed.

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All things arise,
Suffer change,
And pass away.

This is their nature.

When you know this,
Nothing perturbs you,
Nothing hurts you.

You become still.

It is easy.

God made all things.
There is only God.

When you know this,
Desire melts away.

Clinging to nothing,
You become still.

Sooner or later,
Fortune or misfortune
May befall you.

When you know this,
You desire nothing,
You grieve for nothing.

Subduing the senses,
You are happy.

Whatever you do
Brings joy or sorrow,
Life or death.

When you know this,
You may act freely,
Without attachment.

For what is there to accomplish?

All sorrow comes from fear.
From nothing else.

When you know this,
You become free of it,
And desire melts away.

You become happy
And still.

“I am not the body,
Nor is the body mine.
I am awareness itself”

When you know this,
You have no thought
For what you have done
Or left undone.

You become one,
Perfect and indivisible.

“I am in all things,
From Brahma to a blade of grass.”

When you know this,
You have no thought
For success or failure
Or the mind’s inconstancy.

You are pure.
You are still.

The world with all its wonders
Is nothing.

When you know this,
Desire melts away.

For you are awareness itself.

When you know in your heart
That there is nothing,

You are still.

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