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63. If a person gives heed to these teachings he would
certainly gain the grace of Lord Siva and attain the state of
Selfhood even though he is immersed in the dense darkness of
nescience which could not be banished by the glare of a million
suns. (Ch.27, v.43)

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62. Having gained the experience that there is no creator,
no maya, no duality, and no objects at all, and that pure
Awareness-Self alone exists, one should ever remain still and
peaceful in that state of Selfhood. (Ch.27, v.34)

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61. There is certainly no such thing as mind with its
constituents of thought and thought forms of objects. In this
conviction one should ever abide still and at peace, in the state
of thought-free alert Awareness-Self which endures after all
sadhanas and its rigours have exhausted themselves in Brahman-
Self. (Ch.27, v.29)

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All that which He manifests is perishable as regards its external form. Its perishableness is, however, nothing else than its submergence of thisness (i.e. objectivity) and abiding as the I. Therefore, it is only the objective aspect of the subject such as body, etc. which is manifested and withdrawn by the Lord, not the Subjective aspect which is identical with the light of the Supreme I, for even though the subject (the individual Self) has entered the the body, it is identical with the Lord. Hence of the two, of the objective and subjective, the objective is perishable, the doer or the Subject who is identical with the Freedom of Consciousness is, however, imperishable, for even at the manifestation and withdrawal of the world, he does not deviate from his nature of the imperishable Subject and Creator.

One should worship Siva by becoming Siva.


From Spanda-Karikas: The Divine Creative Pulsation

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The creativity of the creator consists in the fact that by the process of uniting and separating various manifestations such as space, time, etc. he manifests innumerable things like body, blue, etc. which, though non-different from the essential nature of consciousness appear as different like reflections in a mirror.

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There can never be the disappearance of that inner nature which is the abode of the attribute of omniscience in the event of the non-perception of anything objective.


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In the samadhi of void, only the effort which is directed towards objectivity disappears. It is only a fool who, on the disappearance of that effort, thinks “I have ceased to be”.

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Whether it is word, or thought, or object, there is no state which is not Siva. Hence this principle which is uninterrupted bliss of consciousness can never be an object of memory or state of insentiency.

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60. The firm faith of being the Self is sufficient to dispel
all thought and establish one in Brahman-Self. In due course of
this practice, even the thought involved in that faith fades away
leading to the spontaneous effulgence of the Self. If a person
hearkens to this teaching and practises the faith, even if he is a
great sinner, he is washed clean of all his sins and is established
in Brahman-Self. (Ch.26, v.42)

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59. In the conviction that ‘I am the Self’ in which no
thought, ego, desire, mind or confusion can exist one should
abide still, free from trace of thought. (Ch.26, v.31)

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58. I am that Self which is integral existence awareness-
bliss, the sole impartite Brahman-Self. Firm in the conviction
born of this experience, one should abide still, free from the
least trace of thought. (Ch.26, v.29)

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57. Mind merged completely in the Self, one becomes a
lord without rival-steeped in bliss beyond compare. In that state
one should abide still, free from the least trace of thought.
(Ch.26, v.28)

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56. Firmly abiding in the Self one acquires the totality of
all knowledge and achieves the successful completion of all
endeavours and duties. In that state one should abide blissful
and still, eschewing the least ripple of thought. (Ch.26, v.25)

* Verses 51 to 60 herein deal with practice of ‘Abedha Nishta or Atma Nishta’ — non-dual state or abidance in the Self.

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55. In that Self wherein desire, anger, covetousness,
confusion, bigotry and envy are all absent; in that Self wherein
there is no thought of bondage or release, one should abide
blissfully still, eschewing the least ripple of thought. (Ch.26, v.13)

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54. In that Self wherein there is neither conceiver nor
conception of the world of names and forms, one should
remain blissfully still, eschewing the least trace of thought.
(Ch.26, v.8)

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53. In that blissful Self wherein there is no action of body,
speech and mind, no virtuous or sinful karma (action) and the
fruits thereof, one should remain still, eschewing the least trace
of thought. (Ch.26, v.7)

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52. Having realised that the world picture on the screen-
Self is evanescent and essentially non-existent, one should ever
remain still and blissful in the firm conviction of ever being the
sole Brahman-Self only. This conviction should be maintained
even while functioning as an individual in the world of name
and form. This matured state of abidance in the Self is called
Sahaja Nishta (the Natural State). (Ch.26, v.3)

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51.* By abiding in the Self, the wandering mind is reduced
to perfect stillness after being freed from all nescience and
thought currents. It gets lost in the Sat-Chit-Ananda-Self in the
same way that water is lost when mixed with milk. This unitary
state of abidance in the Self is called Atma Nishta by the wise
who have attained perfection. (Ch.26, v.2)

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50. One should abide in the rock-firm bhavana that
‘Everything is only Brahman-Self and I am that Brahman-Self’.
By this bhavana all thought movements and nescience will
disappear, resulting in the eternal abidance in the sole Sat-Chit-
Ananda-Self. (Ch.25, v.14)

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Everything is Sat-Chit-Ananda-Self only

49. Whatever is found to exist is Sat (Existence) only. Whatever
is pleasurable is Ananda (Bliss) only. One should ever abide in the
bedrock bhavana of Sat-Chit-Ananda. Never for once should one
slip, even inadvertently, into the disastrous bhavana that one is the
body and that the world is real. (Ch.25, v.12)

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85. I have revealed the truth about knowledge and the
conduct pertaining thereto, as you have asked. This entire path
is indeed Kalottara Jnana (the knowledge to be revealed at
the final stage of maturity). Tell me, O Lady, if you want to
ask anything more.

(Translated by T. K. Jayaraman)

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83-84.
My dearest, earnest seekers who see the
enlightened one and worship him with all the three instruments
(mind, speech and body) in unison, offering him with
heart-melting love, sweet-smelling sandal paste, fruits,
flowers, incense, good water to bathe, clothes and food, will
thus attain liberation. Know that those who worship that jnani
reap the fruit of his righteous deeds and those who slander
him reap the result of his sins.

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82. The body is a form constituted of the five elements
(earth, water, fire, air and ether). The one all-pervading
Siva is also nicely seated there. Hence the entire universe,
right from the indivisible all-pervading Sivam (the highest
and most abstract tattva or principle) to this world, is the form
of Shankara.

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81. Know that the pure flawless person will experience
that blemishless Lord (the Supreme Brahman) and positively
attain liberation whether attended by the supernatural powers
or not.

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80. Liberation is attained only by knowledge (jnana ). By
other powers (siddhis) such a fruit is unattainable. However,
aspirants become enchanted with blemishful worldly
enjoyments and thaumaturgic powers (siddhis) and go after
them with desire.

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79. If a man is free from all the pairs of opposites and
always lives in Solitude (established in himself alone), he gains
perfect wisdom even while in the present body and shines
forth with great effulgence.

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