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Seeing to this,
Neglecting that,
Setting one thing against another...

Who is free of such cares?
When will they ever end?

Consider.

Without passion,
With dispassion,
Let go.

My child,
Rare is he, and blessed,
Who observes the ways of men
And gives up the desire
For pleasure and knowledge,
For life itself.

Nothing lasts.
Nothing is real.

It is all suffering,
Threefold affliction!
It is all beneath contempt.

Know this.
Give it up.
Be still.

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I am the boundless ocean.

This way and that,
The wind, blowing where it will,
Drives the ship of the world.

But I am not shaken.

7.1

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With body exist this universe, certainly not otherwise...
Self is just pure awareness...
Now, what left is there to base the imagination...

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With body exist this universe, certainly not otherwise...
Self is just pure awareness...
Now, what left is there to base the imagination...

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Some believe in existence.
Others believe nothing exists.
Rare is the one who believes nothing
And is never confused.

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A man of Self-knowledge is ever conscious of himself as eternal. He has no body-idea. Life and death are meaningless to him.

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Janaka said:

How is one to acquire knowledge? How is one to attain liberation? And how is one to reach dispassion? Tell me this, sir. 1.1


Ashtavakra said:

If you are seeking liberation, my son, avoid the objects of the senses like poison and cultivate tolerance, sincerity, compassion, contentment, and truthfulness as the antidote. 1.2

You do not consist of any of the elements -- earth, water, fire, air, or even ether. To be liberated, know yourself as consisting of consciousness, the witness of these. 1.3

If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful and free from bonds. 1.4

You do not belong to the brahmin or any other caste, you are not at any stage, nor are you anything that the eye can see. You are unattached and formless, the witness of everything -- so be happy. 1.5

Righteousness and unrighteousness, pleasure and pain are purely of the mind and are no concern of yours. You are neither the doer nor the reaper of the consequences, so you are always free. 1.6

You are the one witness of everything and are always completely free. The cause of your bondage is that you see the witness as something other than this. 1.7

Since you have been bitten by the black snake, the opinion about yourself that "I am the doer," drink the antidote of faith in the fact that "I am not the doer," and be happy. 1.8

Burn down the forest of ignorance with the fire of the understanding that "I am the one pure awareness," and be happy and free from distress. 1.9

That in which all this appears is imagined like the snake in a rope; that joy, supreme joy, and awareness is what you are, so be happy. 1.10

If one thinks of oneself as free, one is free, and if one thinks of oneself as bound, one is bound. Here this saying is true, "Thinking makes it so." 1.11

Your real nature is as the one perfect, free, and actionless consciousness, the all-pervading witness -- unattached to anything, desireless and at peace. It is from illusion that you seem to be involved in samsara. 1.12

Meditate on yourself as motionless awareness, free from any dualism, giving up the mistaken idea that you are just a derivative consciousness or anything external or internal. 1.13

You have long been trapped in the snare of identification with the body. Sever it with the knife of knowledge that "I am awareness," and be happy, my son. 1.14

You are really unbound and actionless, self-illuminating and spotless already. The cause of your bondage is that you are still resorting to stilling the mind. 1.15

All of this is really filled by you and strung out in you, for what you consist of is pure awareness -- so don't be small-minded. 1.16

You are unconditioned and changeless, formless and immovable, unfathomable awareness, unperturbable: so hold to nothing but consciousness. 1.17

Recognise that the apparent is unreal, while the unmanifest is abiding. Through this initiation into truth you will escape falling into unreality again. 1.18

Just as a mirror exists everywhere both within and apart from its reflected images, so the Supreme Lord exists everywhere within and apart from this body. 1.19

Just as one and the same all-pervading space exists within and without a jar, so the eternal, everlasting God exists in the totality of things. 1.20

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Everywhere the visible scene is Self itself, abiding self as a special seat of impurity...
That me (as everything), which has vanished, free from abiding in vasanas (Desires, which were never there), is (now) free everywhere like a king..

Ashtawakra Gita Ch. XIV, Verse 11..

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One with patience, neither longs for profitable attainments nor grieves on its non attainment...
His mind is ever filled up with cool nector (of Bliss)...

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One with patience, neither longs for profitable attainments nor grieves on its non attainment...
His mind is ever filled up with cool nector (of Bliss)...

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With rise of The Absolute Purity, the Dhrishya bhav (feeling of vision of the objective reality) is no more seen...
Where is any technique, where is Renunciation, where is dispassion and where is restraint (of mind and senses)...

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THE QUESTION OF TRUTH
1.Janak said, "How Jnana (knowledge of truth) could be aquired? How mukti (liberation) could happen?How Vairagya (renunciation) could be attained? O enlightened, please tell me.

THE TUNING OF MIND TO REALISE TRUTH
2.Ashtawakra said,"If U desire liberation O Child, shun vishaya (subjects of senses) like poison. Drink nector of forgiveness, sincerety, kindness, contentment and truth.

THE TRUTH
3.U r not earth, not water, not agni (Fire & Heat), not air, not space. Self is an eye of itself of all these in the form of awareness, (it) is a special way of mind to realise its liberation.

MODE OF REALISATION OF TRUTH
4.If by detaching itself from body,Awareness establishes at rest. Right now (u would be) happy, peaceful, free from bondage

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"By effort (with desire) to get something", every one is unhappy and no one know it...
this instruction alone is adequate for the blessed one to attain emancipation...

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Virtue and vice, happiness and misery are of mind..not of you, O all prevading... Neither you are doer nor enjoyer, you are always free....

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From you this world is prevaded, in you it is diffused (like sugar in sugarcane)...You are pure conciousness, do not get into small mindedness...

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My child, since eternity you are entangled (entrapped in bondage) by the noose of

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He, who has attained the fruit of Jnana (knowledge of self) and fruit of practice of yoga...He is contented, with pure senses, ever abide, being alone in self...

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with nothing else existing, abiding in self, is rare even among those with loin cloth (wanderers)...Therefore giving up renunciation and acceptance, I live happily as it is..

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You are unassociated, actionless, self illuminated (and) stainless...This indeed is surely your bondage that u practice to balance your mind..

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Peace is not attained by ignorant, as he desires to calm mind....one with patience, realizing truth with certainty, ever has peaceful mind...

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Everyone is miserable from efforts (to attain something) and no one knows it...
By this intruction alone, blessed one attains liberation from cycling patterns of mind...

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through ur ignorance, world exist, u alone r the supreme meaning (reality)....There is none other worldly and non wordly (being)other than u...

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This world is a mere illusion, not any thing else, having this firm conviction...One Without holding any position, merely acting, not (involving) anything else, become peaceful..

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This world is a mere illusion, not any thing else, having this firm conviction...One Without holding any position, merely acting, not (involving) anything else, become peaceful..

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wise see self as imperishable and free from grief,,,where is the question of knowledge, where is the question of world, where is the question that I M the body or body is mine?.....

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Knowing that whatever has form is unreal, and Real is without form and immovable...
Through this single instruction alone, Not being born again is possible...

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