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19. You verily are Truth, devoid of change, motionless, one, of the nature of freedom. You have neither attachment nor aversion. Why do you suffer, seeking the objects of desires ?

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Dattatreya's Song

18. O mind, why do you wander about deluded, like an unclean spirit ? Behold the Self indivisible. Be happy through renunciation of attachment.

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17. For there is no birth or death, for you there is no mind, for you there is no bondage or liberation, no good or evil. Why do you shed tears, my child ? Neither you nor I have name and form.

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16. You do not belong to that which is composed of the five* objects of sense, such as sound; nor does that belong to you. You indeed are the supreme Reality. Why then do you suffer ?

* - The world appearance is composed of the five objects of sense: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, and is not in reality connected with the Self.

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15. Union and separation exist in regard neither to you nor to me. There is no you, no me, nor is there this universe. All is verily the Self alone.

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14. You are He who is exterior and interior. You are the auspicious One existing everywhere at all times. Why are you running hither and thither deluded, like an unclean spirit ?

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13. You are not born nor do you die. At no time do you have a body. The scripture declares in many different ways the well-known dictum: " All is Brahman."

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12. Know the Self always to be everywhere, one and unintercepted. I am the meditator and the highest object of meditation. Why do you divide the Indivisible ?

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11. Thus you are One. Why then do you not understand that you are the unchangeable One, equally perceived in all ? O mighty One, how can you, who are ever-shining, unrestricted, think of day and night ?

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Chapter 1

10. I, the One only, am all this, beyond space and continuous. How can I see the Self as visible or hidden ?

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9. The mind indeed is of the form of space. The mind indeed is omnifaced. The mind is the past. The mind is all. But in reality there is no mind.

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8. I have no mental activity, good or 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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7. I indeed am immutable and infinite and of the form of pure Intelligence. I do not know how or in relation to whom joy and sorrow exist.

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6. There is no doubt that I am that God who is the Self of all, indivisible, like the sky, naturally stainless.

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

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4. All is verily the absolute Self. Distinction and nondistinction does not exist. How can I say, " It exists; it does not exist" ? I am filled with wonder!

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3. The universe composed of the five elements is like water in a mirage. Oh, to whom shall I make obeisance--I who am one and taintless ?

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2. How shall I salute the formless Being, indivisible, auspicious, and immutable, who fills all this with His Self and fills the self with His Self ?

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1. Through grace of God alone, the desire for nonduality arises in wise men to save them from great fear*.

* The word "fear" includes also such states of mind as insecurity, despair, and grief, all of which arise from a consciousness of oneself as limited and separate from others and which therefore can be dispelled only by realizing oneself as the All.

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65. The Self is neither divided nor undivided, nor has It sadness, happiness, and the like, nor is It all or less than all. Know the Self to be immutable

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I always recognize everything
As the one indivisible Reality.
That undivided One constitutes the world,
The Void, all space, and the five elements.

It's neither neuter, nor masculine, nor feminine.
It possesses neither intellect nor the power of thought.
How, then, can you imagine that the Self
Is either blissful or not blissful?

~ Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut 1.46-47

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He who has realized the innate, unborn, incomprehensible Self
Never becomes stained while enjoying the fruits of his desires;
He remains always free of stain, free of karma.
The ascetic, concentrated on the Self, is never bound.

He goes beyond illusion, beyond comparison, beyond form,
Beyond any support, beyond the body and its nourishment;
Beyond duality, fear, desire, and powers,
It's the Lord, the Self, the Eternal, he attains.

~ Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut (2.30-31)

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Non-duality is taught by some;
Some others teach duality.
They don't understand that the all-pervading Reality
Is beyond both duality and non-duality.

There is no color or sound to the one Reality;
It has no qualities at all.
How can one even think or speak of That
Which is far beyond both mind and speech?

When you know all this universe of forms
To be as vacant as the sky,
Then you'll know Brahman;
Duality will forevermore cease to be.

To some, the Self appears as other;
To me, the Self is I.
Like undivided space, One alone exists.
How, then, could the subject and object of meditation be two?

Nothing of what I do or eat,
Or give or take,
Exists for me;
I'm Purity itself, beyond birth and death.

Know that the whole of the universe is without any form.
Know that the whole of the universe is forever unchanging.
Know that the whole of the universe is unstained by its contents.
Know that the whole of the universe is of the nature of God.

You are the ultimate Reality; have no doubt.
The Self is not something known by the mind;
The Self is the very one who knows!
How, then, could you think to know the Self?

~ Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut (1.36-42)

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Oh my mind, why dost thou range in delusion like a ghost? Know Atman to be above duality and be happy.

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The Self is said to be like the sky.
Indeed, It is like the sky;
It's pure Consciousness, without any stain.
It is truly the all-embracing Whole.

It remains unaffected,
Though It takes the form of earth, air, water and fire.
Though It takes all these forms,
It remains always the same.

All infinite space is pervaded by the Self,
But nothing else pervades the Self.
It is simultaneously within and without;
It cannot be limited or divided in parts.

~ Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut 2.12-14

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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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