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54. I have neither teacher nor instruction, limiting adjunct nor activity. Know that I am by nature pure, bodiless, like the sky.

55. You are pure, you are without a body, your mind is not higher than the highest. You need not be ashamed to say, "I am the Self, the supreme Truth."

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51. As water, when water has been poured into water, has no distinctions, so purusa* and prakriti** appear nondifferent to me.

* - Souk
** - Nature

52. If indeed you are never bound or liberated, how then can you think yourself with form or as formless?

53. I know your supreme Form to be directly perceivable, like the sky. I know your lower form to be as water in a mirage.

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49. There is no body made up of five elements; nor is there anyone who is disembodied. All is verily the Self alone. How can there be the three states and the fourth ?

50.I am not bound, I am not, indeed, liberated, and I am not different from Brahman. Neither doer nor enjoyer, I am devoid of the distinctions of the pervaded and the pervader.

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46. I know that all, in every way, is the one indivisible "I" which is self-sustained and full, while the five elements, beginning with ether, are empty.

47. The Self is neither eunuch, man nor woman: it is neither idea nor imagination. How can you think the Self to be full of joy or joyless ?

48. The Self certainly does not become pure through the practice of six-limbed yoga. It certainly is not purified by the destruction of the mind. It certainly is not made pure by the instructions of the teacher. It is Itself the Truth, It is Itself the illumined One.

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42. You are verily the Truth. There is no doubt about it - otherwise*, what do I know ? Why do you consider the Self, which is perceptible to Itself, as imperceptible ?

* - If one does not perceive every being as Divine, one is still ignorant.

43. My child, how can there be illusion and nonillusion, shadow and lack of shadow ? All this is one Truth, all this is of nature of space and without taint.

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44. I am free in the beginning, in the middle, and in the end. I am never bound. This is my sure knowledge - that I am naturally spotless and pure.

45. The whole universe, beginning with the principle of cosmic intelligence, is not in the least manifest to me. All is indeed Brahman alone. How can there be any existence in caste or stage of life for me ?

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40. What I do, what I eat, what I sacrifice, what I give - all this is not mine in the least. I am pure, unborn, undecaying.

41. Know all this universe to be formless. Know all this universe to be without change. Know all this universe to be of purified body. Know all this universe to be of the nature of the Absolute.

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38. When all these appear to you as false, when the body and so on appear to you like space, then you know Brahman truly, then for you there is no dual series*.

* - such as " I and Thou" ( self and God ), "I and it" ( self and the world), and so on. Also it means "Self and not-Self" and the series of their evolutes.

39. Even my natural self appears to me as non-distinct from the supreme Self; it appears to be one and like space. How can there be meditator and meditation ?

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36. Some seek nonduality, others duality. They do not know the Truth, which is the same at all times and everywhere, which is devoid of both duality and nonduality.

37. How can they describe the Truth, which is beyond mind and words, which is devoid of white and other colors, of sound and other qualities ?

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34. There are no Vedas, no worlds, no gods, no sacrifices. There is certainly no caste, no stage in life, no family, no birth. There is neither the path of smoke nor the path of light. There is only the highest Truth, the homogeneous Brahman.

35. If you are free* of the pervaded and pervader, if you are one and fulfilled, how can you think of yourself as directly perceptible by the senses or beyond the range of the senses ?

* - one who has transcended the sense of distinction between forms ("pervaded") and the Divine Substance ("pervader"). Such a one, therefore, has constant, unobstructed consciousness of Divinity.

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REALIZE THE ONE!

43.
How could the supreme Reality be of the nature of bliss?
How could the supreme Reality be devoid of bliss?
How could the supreme Reality possess either knowledge or ignorance?
If the supreme I am is the one Existence, It’s everywhere, like space.

44.
Understand that It’s neither fire nor air; Realize the One!
Understand that It’s neither earth nor water; Realize the One!
Understand that It neither comes nor goes; Realize the One!
Understand that It’s like space, pervading everywhere; Realize the One!

45.
My nature is neither emptiness nor fullness.
My nature is neither pure nor impure.
I’m neither with form nor without form.
I’m the supreme Reality; my nature is uniquely my own.

46.
Renounce, renounce the world of appearance;
Then renounce renunciation as well.
But, whether you renounce or do not renounce,
Enjoy the nectar of your natural state.

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The essence and the whole of Vedanta is this Knowledge,
this supreme Knowledge:
That I am by nature the formless, all-pervasive Self.

I indeed am immutable and infinite -
of the form of pure Intelligence.

I have no mental activity, good of bad;
I have no bodily function,
good or bad;

I have no verbal action, good or bad.
I am the nectar of Knowledge -
beyond the senses, pure.

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33. Know me to be that Self who is everything and everywhere at all times, who is eternal, steady, the All, the nonexistent, and the Existent. Have no doubt.

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32. There is no pot; there is no pot's interior space. Neither is there an individual soul nor the form of an individual soul. Know the absolute Brahman, devoid of knowable and knower.

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31. When the pot is broken, the space within it is absorbed in the infinite space and becomes undifferentiated. When the mind becomes pure, I do not perceive any difference between the mind and the supreme Being.

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30. You are the homogeneous Reality; you are pure, bodiless, birthless, and imperishable. Why then do you have any delusion about the Self? Again, why am I myself deluded ?

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29. There is no substance whatever which is by nature unlimited. There is no substance whatever which is of the nature of Reality. The very Self is the supreme Truth. There is neither injury nor noninjury in It.

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28. The principle of ego is not the Truth, which is homogeneous, which is free from the cause of superimposition and distinctions of perceived and perceive. How can the ego be That which is aware of Itself ?

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27. I do not know the Supreme; how shall I speak of Him ? I do not know the Supreme; how shall I worship Him ? If I am the supreme One, who is the highest Truth, who is homogeneous Being like unto space, how then shall I speak of Him and worship Him ?

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26. As the self is filled by the Self, so is all filled continuously by you. There is no meditator or meditation. Why does your mind meditate shamelessly ?

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25. By such sentences as "That thou art," your own Self is affirmed. Of that which is untrue and composed of the five elements the Sruti* says, "Not this, not this."

* Sruti - The Vedas, particularly the Upanishads , the original texts of the Vedanta philosophy.

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24. You are pure homogeneous Reality, disembodied, unborn, and immutable. Why do you think of yourself as "I know it here" or as "I do not know" ?

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23. If it is of the nature of the not-Self, how can there be samadhi ( superconscious realization ) ? If it is of the nature of the Self, how can there be samadhi ? If it is both "is" and "is not" , how can there be samadhi ? If all is one and of the nature of freedom, how can there be samadhi ?

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22. Sages say that Reality is one only and the same. And through renunciation of attachment , the mind, which is one and many, ceases to exist.

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21. Know that which has form to be false, that which is formless to be eternal. Through the instruction of this truth there is no longer rebirth into this world.

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20. All the scriptures say that the Truth is without attributes, pure , immutable, bodiless, and existing equally everywhere. Know me to be That. There is not the least doubt about it.

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