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You are That which is both inside and out;
You're Shiva; you're everything everywhere.
Why, then, are you so deluded?
Why do you run about like a frightened ghost?

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 14

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Neither birth nor death pertain to you;
You have never been a body.
It is well known that "All is Brahman";
The scriptures have stated this in various ways.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 13

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Understand that the Self is the continuous Being,
The One within all, without any division.
The "I" is both the subject and the supreme object of meditation;
How can you see two in That which is One?

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 12

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You, also, are the One! Why don't you understand?
You're the unchanging Self, the same within everyone.
You're truly illimitable; you're the all-pervading Light.
For you, how can there be any distinction between the day and the night.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse11

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I'm One; I'm all of this!
Yet I'm undifferentiated, beyond all forms.
How, then, do I regard the Self?
As both the Unmanifest and the manifest world.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 10

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The mind is formless like the sky,
Yet it wears a million faces.
It appears as images from the past, or as worldly forms;
But it is not the supreme Self.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 9

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I have no mental karma, either good or bad;
I have no physical karma, either good or bad.
I have no verbal karma, either good or bad.
I'm beyond the senses; I'm the pure nectar of
the knowledge of the Self.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 8

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I'm the infinite and immutable One;
I'm pure Consciousness, without any form.
I don't know how, or to whom,
Joy and sorrow appear in this world.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 7

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The one God who shines within everything,
Who is formless like the cloudless sky,
Is the pure, stainless, Self of all.
Without any doubt, that is who I am.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 6

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What, then, is the heart of the highest truth,
The core of knowledge, the wisdom supreme?
It is, "I am the Self, the formless One;
By my very nature, I am pervading all."

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 5

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Truly, all this universe is only my Self;
It is neither divided nor undivided.
How can I even assert that it exists?
I can only view it with wonder and awe!

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 4

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The five subtle elements that combine to compose this world
Are as illusory as the water in a desert mirage;
To whom, then, shall I bow my head?
I, myself, am the stainless One!

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 3

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All that exists in this world of forms
Is nothing but the Self, and the Self alone.
How, then, shall the Infinite worship Itself?
Shiva is one undivided Whole!

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 2

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Truly, it is by the grace of God
That the knowledge of Unity arises within.
Then a man is released at last
From the great fear of life and death.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 1

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In that state where one knows nothing at all,
This versified knowledge doesn't even exist.
So, now, while I'm in the state of samarasa,
I, the Avadhut, have spoken of the supreme Absolute.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 15

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We're completely oblivious to everything -
From the performance of duties to the attainment of liberation.
How, then, could those who profess wisdom imagine
That we possess either attachment or non-attachment?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 14

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All this [world] is conjured by magic;
It's only the water of a desert mirage.
Beyond all differences, beyond all forms,
Truly, there is only Shiva alone.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 13

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Continuously united with, yet free from, everything,
The liberated are beyond all manifestation (tattvas).
Indeed, how could there be any birth or death here?
How can one here meditate on either forms or formlessness?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 12

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The Destroyer is beyond destruction and non-destruction;
The Sustainer is beyond sustaining and non-sustaining.
Indeed, how could substance or the dissolution of substance exist here?
The Reality is unchanging, like the formless sky.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 11

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How does one who is continuously bound here by knowledge and ignorance
Become free of both duality and non-duality?
How does a yogi here become natural and desireless?
By becoming aware that he's the stainless Purity,
the enjoyer of unchanging bliss.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 10

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As a yogi, he is beyond union and separation;
As a bhogi (enjoyer), he is beyond enjoyment and non-enjoyment.
Thus, he wanders leisurely, leisurely,
While in his mind arises the natural bliss of the Self.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 9

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Only the stainless, all inclusive Reality exists;
It is a clear, pure, and continuous Sky.
Here, how could association or dissociation occur?
In the one Reality, how could there be any relationship
or severance of relationship?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 8

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There is but one Reality: the undifferentiated All.
How, then, could there be union, separation, or pride of attainment here?
He is the Supreme, the undifferentiated All;
Here, how could there be any substance or non-substance?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 7

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The Self is undifferentiated, like the formless sky;
The Self is the pure and stainless Reality.
For Him, how can there be difference or non-difference,
Bondage or liberation, division or change?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 6

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Where the Self is, how can there be any knowledge?
How can there be either forms or the absence of forms?
Where there is the Supreme, infinite as the sky,
How can there be any differentiation of objects?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 5

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For him, where is the question of being embodied or bodiless?
Where is the question of attachment or non-attachment?
Pure and unpartitioned as the infinite sky,
He is, Himself, the Reality in Its natural form.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 4

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