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121. Aspirants of Self-knowledge will find their success
accelerated by practical bodily worship of Siva. Living in a Siva
kshetra (neighbourhood of Siva Temple) they should offer
worship to Siva Maha Lingam, wearing the sacred vibhuthi and
rudraksha (garland of a specified sort of beads), and repeating
the name of Siva with loving devotion. (Ch.44, v.39)

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120. In reply to the words of Nidaga, Shiva replies thus:
O my son! You are now no doubt firmly settled in the bliss of
Brahman-Self, having been freed from all illusion and nescience.
All the same, as abundant precaution, until you attain videha
mukti you must assiduously practise continued abidance in the
Self. (Ch.44, v.22)

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Verses 102 to 121, Disciple praises the Lord and proclaims his achievements to the Lord.

117. To that divine Grace-embodied, to that Omnipresence
beyond compare, to that Siva-Self Sat Guru, I render devout
salutation. (Ch.44, v.18)

118. To that Sat Guru who is the core of my Self, who
destroyed my nescience by the gift of Awareness-Self, to that
embodiment of Self-knowledge, do I offer these salutations.
(Ch.44, v.19)

119. Salutations to the Sat Guru who is the embodiment
of undisturbed peace, without attributes, eternal purity, all
pervasive infinite sky of consciousness and integral perfection
(Ch.44, v.20)

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116. Salutations to thee, my Lord Sat Guru! Thou hast
destroyed my illusion that I am the body and that the world is
apart from me and is real. Thou hast given me the experience
of my own Brahman-Self. Thou hast destroyed my wrong belief
that karma (action) is the road to salvation, and showing that
knowledge alone could make one free. Thou hast given me my
salvation in the Self (Ch.44, v.17)

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115. Thou hast, O Lord Sat Guru, taken me across the
boundless ocean of samsara in the boat of Self-knowledge. To
me, floundering in the misery of the belief that ‘I am the body’
thou hast taught that ‘I am the Brahman-Self’ and vouchsafed
to me the bliss of all embracing Awareness-Being. To thee, I
render these devout salutations. (Ch.44, v.16)

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114. That mature Jnani who is lost in the maha mounam
(total stillness) of the pure effulgent Awareness-Brahman-Self,
devoid of the least trace of nescience, totally devoid of all
consciousness of the body and its three states of waking, dream
and sleep, devoid of all distinctions of name and form and
devoid of any thought of bondage or freedom is a videha
mukta. (Ch.43, v.29)

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113. I am ever the eternal, pure, all knowing, free,
unshakeable, non-dual, integral Self. This is the firm
conviction of the experience of the jivan mukta in the Self.
(Ch.43, v.28)

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110. After being duly initiated into these teachings by
the Sat Guru, the disciple must, as long as life lasts in him,
provide his teacher liberally with money, food, clothing and
shelter and loving devotion. This is the sine qua non for the
disciple’s mukti. (Ch.43, v.11)

111. Further, he should adorn his forehead and body with
vibhuti (sacred ash) in the prescribed manner, as this use of
vibhuti alone will entitle him to Lord Siva’s grace which removes
all impediments to salvation. (Ch.43 v.12)

112. The habitual smearing of the body with vibhuti is
called pasupatha vratham (austerity in devotion to Siva). This
practice quickens the attainment of Self-knowledge. O Lord
Sat Guru! By this practice I earned the merit for arriving at thy
holy feet which have led me to salvation. (Ch.43, v.13)

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108. That gracious person who gives these teachings is no
doubt the embodiment of Lord Parameswara, His Devi Parvati,
Vinayaka and God Shanmukha all rolled into one. (Ch.4, v.5)

109. Heis again, Nandikeswara, Dattatreya, Dakshinamurti,
and in short, the Supreme Lord Siva Himself (Ch.42, v.6)

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107. At one stroke I have become the bodies, senses, and
souls owning them, the mind, intellect, intuition, ego, the primal
nescience and the restless commotion of spirit, and in short all
that is seen and known. (Ch.41, v.19)

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106. I have become the five elements, multitudinous worlds
scattered in the skies, all existing things and their histories, all the
Vedas, and all the diversities of name and form. (Ch.41, v.17)

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105. I am myself all the devas (celestials beings) and asuras
(denizens of the nether world), Indra the Chief of the devas, the
Lord of the eight cardinal directions, the community of sages,
the swarm of rakshasas (demons), and in fact, the denizens of
this and all other worlds. (Ch.41, v.16)

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104. Oh! I have become Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Mahesa,
Sadasiva, Parameswara and his spouse Parvati, Vinayaka,

Subrahmanya, cohorts of sides hosts (Siva ganas) and devotees
of Lord Siva, all rolled into one! (Ch.41, v.-15)

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103. I am verily the Sat-Chit-Ananda-Brahman-Self. I am
the eternal undisturbed peace devoid of name and form. I am
the flawless integral whole of all existence. Firmly I am settled
in my sole Brahman-Self. (Ch.40, v.10)

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102. O My Lord Sat Guru! By thy grace I have, in a split
second, shed all sense of differentiation of Self and non-Self; I
have attained the certainty that all is Brahman and I am that
Brahman-Self; I have become settled in the eternal bliss of
Brahman-Self. (Ch.39, v.7)

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101. Only when all sins are washed off by the practice of
virtues running through many lives, one gets the rare
opportunity of securing this treatise and practising its tenets.
By the feet of Lord Siva we declare that only those whose cycle
of births and deaths has come to an end with this life will
ever get this treatise in their hands and practise its teachings.
(Ch.38, v.40)

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99. All yogic practices, all philosophic pursuits, all
devotional exercises, and all faiths and beliefs should be
abandoned. One should confine oneself to practice of the
teachings of this book only. (Ch.38, v.25)

100. By the sole practice of the teachings of this book,
all confusion and ignorance will be destroyed. Firm abidance
in the Self will be the positive result. With the fusion of the
wisdom and peaceful bliss in the Self, mukti will be attained.
(Ch.38, v.29)

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98. All charitable gifts, all pilgrimages to sacred places, all
sorts of mantra-japa and worship of diverse gods must be firmly
given up in favour of steady practice of the teachings of this
book only. (Ch.38, v.24)

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97. You are the sole supreme Godhead, the Self. There is
nothing apart from you. This, we declare to be the ultimate
truth after a complete analysis of all the scriptures. By the holy
feet of Siva, we swear this to be the truth beyond all doubt. By
the feet of the Sat Guru, we swear again that this is the truth
declared by the Upanishads. (Ch.38, v.9)

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96. One is solely responsible for one’s own liberation or
bondage, since the choice of destroying the restless mind or
allowing it to roam at large rests with that one only. Therefore,
one should conquer the restless mind by steady abidance in the
pure thought-free Alert-Awareness-Self only. This steady
abidance is moksha. (Ch.38, v.7)

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95. One should remain firm in the conviction ‘I am the
Self’ and reject all thoughts like ‘I am this body’ and ‘This
world is real’. If one maintains this habit unremittingly, this
false belief will drop away even as a flower held in the hand slips
away when one falls into deep slumber. (Ch.37, v.33)

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94. The non-dual sole being existing in deep sleep conjures
up a world in the dream state. Even so, the shadow world
conjured up in the waking state is the work of the power,inherent
in one’s own Brahman-Self. Abiding firmly in the experience
of pure Brahman-Self, one finds that the mind and all its
confabulations are lost for ever. (Ch.36, v.25)

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93. Only those who contemplate on Lord Siva-Self,
the pure supporting screen of all manifestation, gain the
pure experience of sahaja nirvikalpa samadhi. Apart from
this devotion to Lord Siva (the Pure-Alert-Awareness-
Self) there are no other means leading to liberation.
(Ch.35, v.44)

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92. One should give up all hatha yogic practices like
breath control, all religious dogmas and their diverse sadhanas
and be ever satisfied in simple abidance as the Self only.
(Ch.35, v.38)

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91. In the wisdom of integral experience, I am the non-
dual, transcendental, motionless, peaceful, bondage-
freedom-notion-free, sky of pure consciousness only. With
this experience one should reject all differentiation of Self
and non-Self and ever abide firmly in the peace of Brahman-
Self. (Ch.35, v.33)

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90. In dim light the illusion of a serpent is seen in a rope,
and this serpent is nothing but the rope. Even so all illusion of
non-Self exists in the Self only. Thus wise one should give up all
thought of Self and non-Self and ever abide firmly in the peace
of the Self. (Ch.35, v.28)

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