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89. All diversities of world, mind, maya (confusing power
of Brahman), wakefulness, dream, sleep, talk of you and me are
evanescent, and yet, not apart from the Self. Thus wise one
should give up all thought of Self and non-Self and abide as
Self only. (Ch.35, v.27)

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88. I see neither mind nor world during my sleep. In my
dream there is mind with its creation, the dream world. The
dream world is falsified in my waking state. But I-Self exist
always. Arguing thus, one must give up all differentiation of
self and non-Self, and ever abide firmly as the thought-free
alert Awareness-Self-Brahman. (Ch.35, v.26)

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87. No world exists during the absence of the mind, and
there is no mind apart from my awareness. So, mind and
world are nothing apart from the Self, and I am ever that sole
Existence-Awareness-Brahman-Self. The wise one should
abolish all thought of differentiation of self and non-Self.
(Ch.35, v.25)

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86. If this world of the waking state is not evanescent in
its nature, whatever is seen in the waking state must be seen
during sleep also. Since I as pure Self exist alone and always,
there is no room for thought of non-Self-world. I-Self-Brahman
is the sole Existence. (Ch.35, v.24)

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85. Whatever names and forms are seen by me in my dream
are not anything apart from me. Even so, this world seen by me
in my waking state is not anything apart from me, the Awareness-
Self that I am. The wise one should give up all differentiation of
Self and non-Self, and abide as pure Self only. (Ch.35, v.23)

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84. Steady abidance in the rock-firm conviction born of
the experience of ‘I am the Self’, is the greatest yoga, total
dissolution of the mind, true renunciation, true wisdom, and
jivan mukti as well. (Ch.34, v.46)

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83. Whatever appears as maya, creator, creature, mind,
world, names and forms are the pure Brahman-Self only and
not apart from that Self. (Ch.34, v.15)

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82. The rock-firm conviction of ‘I am the Self ‘ is the sure
mark of firm abidance in the Self. Abidance in that conviction
under all conditions is, true divine worship, meditation on God,
incantation of mantras, practice of right conduct in life,
contemplation, integral yoga, wisdom of the Self and moksha
as well. (Ch.33, v.16)

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81. Even as the world, seen in my dream, is not apart
from me but only my creation, even so, the world of the waking
state is only a creation made by me and seen by me in the
medium of my pure Awareness-Self. In this experience one
should firmly abide. (Ch.32, v.37)

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80. One should ever abide as pure Siva-Self by the firm
experience that there are no thought forms of creature, world
and creator apart from the mind which is just an array of ripples
in me the still ocean of pure Awareness-Self and therefore I am
the sole Being Siva-Self only. (Ch.32, v.36)

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79. In me, the pure Awareness-Self, the universe is
born, maintained and dissolved as the mind. Therefore, there
are no mind and thought forms of objects apart from me
the Self. In this firm experience one should ever abide.
(Ch.32, v.35)

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78. There is no world apart from the mind. What appears
as the world is only the mind. If this mind is investigated, it
turns out to be nothing more than a bundle of thoughts based
on the primary thought of ‘I am the body’ called the ego. If this
ego — I is enquired into and its identity searched, it gets
swallowed up without a trace in the pure Awareness-Being-Siva-
Self. One should maintain this firm bhavana ‘I am Self-Siva’
until that state of being the Siva-Self — becomes the spontaneous
experience free from the effort of bhavana. (Ch.32, v.34)

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77. It is only the mind which appear as the world and bondage;
there is no world other than the mind. On enquiry this mind turns
out to be nothing more than a group of ripples (thoughts) in the
still ocean of pure Awareness-Siva-Self. I am that Siva-Self only
and there is nothing apart from me, one should ever abide in the
conviction born of this experience. (Ch.32, v.33)

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76. One should relentlessly pursue Self-enquiry until all
conceptual forms of creature, world and creator merge and
disappear in the pure thought-free, alert Awareness-Self,
enabling one to abide in that bhavana of the experience, ‘I am
the Brahman-Self’. (Ch.32, v.27)

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75. Only by those strong willed persons who make earnest
and persistent Self-enquiry will the turbulent mind be controlled
and fixed still in the practice of firm bhavana. In due course all
thoughts and nescience will disappear, yielding place to the
effulgent Awareness-Self of mukti. (Ch.32, v.26)

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74. The conscious introspective concentration of Self-
enquiry (‘Who am I’?) kills all thoughts and destroys the dense
darkness of nescience; it effaces all worry; it illuminates the
intellect with the radiance of pure awareness; it wipes out all
conceptual confusions; it fixes one in Siva-Self; it transforms
a host of impending disasters into auspicious events; and
lastly, it destroys the ego-mind utterly with all its afflictions.
(Ch.32, v.24)

* In all the 13 verses of Chapter 32, the term bhavana is to be understood
as faith or firm belief in ‘Aham Brahmam’ (I am the Self).

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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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