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73. Staying in the company of sadhus (those engaged in the
pursuit and enjoyment of the bliss of the Sat-Self) and respectfully
questioning the Sat-Guru-Jnani, one should first make oneself
clear about the objective to be obtained. This is an important
aspect of the enquiry. After thus making sure of the objective,
one must firmly abide in that objective of sole Brahman-Self until
the Self is unmistakably experienced. (Ch.32, v.22)

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72. Enquiry should be made this wise: With the kind help
of the Sat Guru one should enquire ‘Who am I? what is this
world? what is the reality behind all these?’ (Ch.32, v.21)

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71. In short, non-enquiry will steep one for ever in the
ocean of samsara (earthly suffering). There is no greater enemy
for one than non-enquiry. Therefore, this habit must be
overcome in order to fix the mind in the bhavana which leads
to abidance in the Self. (Ch.32, v.20)

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70. Ignorance and indifference in regard to the enquiry
of the truth about one-self is the store house of nescience and
trouble, blocking the view of the Self, and creating in a split
second all sorts of illusions and harassment of mental worry.
Non-enquiry renders bhavana impossible. (Ch.32, v.19)

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69. By the persistent and continued bhavana * of ‘I am
the Brahman-Self’ all thoughts and feelings of differentiation
of Self and non-Self will drop off and permanent abidance in
Brahman-Self will be achieved. This bhavana is possible only
for those with a keen inquiring mind intent on knowing the
Self and not for those who are indifferent about Self-knowledge.
(Ch.32, v.18)

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68. That state of still, pure, effulgent awareness is moksha,
the state beyond compare. Those who maintain an unbroken
abidance in that supreme state will never more be touched by
suffering or confusion, and will be absolved from all duties.
Such duties if any will somehow be completed without any
volition on their part. They will eternally abide as the sole
supreme Self. (Ch.30, v.31)

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67. Those who give heed to this message and abide in
accordance with it will forthwith attain mukti (liberation).
They will not suffer from the least particle of affliction; they
will enjoy a bliss far greater than the bliss attained from this
and all other worlds; they and their environments will be
filled with the plenitude of auspicious events. Totally free
from all trace of fear, they will never again enter the cycle of
births and deaths. They will become the immutable Brahman-
Self. All this we swear is the truth beyond doubt. By our
Lord Siva, again and again we swear that this is the
fundamental truth. (Ch.29, v.40)

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66. Unbroken abidance in the state of alert awareness,
unruffled by thoughts, is Self-realization. That is at once the
spotless jivan mukti and the magnificent videha mukti. This
state is easily attainable only for those who have earned the
divine Grace of Siva by deep devotion to Him, and not for
others. What is stated here is the import in a nutshell of the
message of that charming crest jewel of the Vedas known as
the Upanishads. (Ch.29, v.37)

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65. Only that Jnani who teaches ‘Thou art the thought-
free, alertly aware, absolutely still, ever blissful, intensely
peaceful, unqualified Brahman-Self’, is the true Sat Guru, and
others are not. (Ch.28, v.28)

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64. Why waste words? This is the truth in a nutshell. Only
those who have earned the Grace of our Lord Siva by long
devotional worship will get the rare opportunity of reading this
scriptural text which leads to the bliss of peace everlasting in
Brahman-Self. (Ch.27, v.44)

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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.


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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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