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Shiva instructs Ribhu at Mt. Kailas

Ribhu Gita

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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Devikalottara

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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78. Gradually and completely get rid of jealousy, slander,
pomp, passion, consequent hatred, desire, anger, fear and
sorrow.

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77. Avoid unnecessary arguments and worldly
associations. Do not create misunderstanding among others.
Do not join religious bodies well versed in many scriptures
(sastras ). Give up both words of abuse and words of praise.

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76. Being unaffected by either praise or slander, treating
alike all creatures, he should always unfailingly maintain an
equality of vision (sama drishti), considering all living beings
in the world as himself.

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75. Know that a flawless yogi is one who does not ever
allow himself to be swayed by desire for the pleasures of the
senses, who frees himself at heart from mamakara (treating
things as `mine'), who has a steadfast mind, who is free from
desires and fear, and who always revels in the Self.

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74. Maintain a neutral attitude towards all things; do not
get infatuated with anything; maintain equanimity whether
in happiness or suffering; be the same to friends and enemies;
treat alike a broken piece of mud pot and a piece of gold.

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73. Having relinquished the great mudras which are
adopted in order to fix the mind on the devatas (deities)
residing in holy places and temples, and the associated
sacrifices, get rid of the vasanasalso which may have
accumulated on account of such practices in the past, and
cling only to the Self, the all-pervading real Consciousness.

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71-72.
He should worship Lord Siva using only flowers
that have fallen naturally. He should not indulge in vile
practices such as marana (causing destruction through the
use of certain mantras) uchadana (driving one out with the
force of mantras), vidveshana (causing mutual hatred between
friends), the well known sthambana (freezing one's
capabilities), causing fever, putting into action evil spirits,
causing agitation, wrongly taking control of others, attracting
and infatuating others, and so on. Abandon the worship of
stones, wooden objects and similar articles.

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69. Listen to me, Lady! Know that only the wise man
who never does anything which leads to the destruction of
any form of life, such as insects, worms, birds or plants, is a
person who is seeking true knowledge.

70. He (the true aspirant) should not pull out tender roots
(of fragrant plants, which is often done for worship); he
should not even pluck the leaves; he should not harm any
living thing out of anger; he should not heartlessly pluck
even flowers.

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70. He (the true aspirant) should not pull out tender roots
(of fragrant plants, which is often done for worship); he
should not even pluck the leaves; he should not harm any
living thing out of anger; he should not heartlessly pluck
even flowers.

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69. Listen to me, Lady! Know that only the wise man
who never does anything which leads to the destruction of
any form of life, such as insects, worms, birds or plants, is a
person who is seeking true knowledge.

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68. One must engage unfailingly in yoga (the practice
of Self-abidance) in all conditions, without allowing any
special event to affect one adversely. If, due to doubts, delusion
arises in the form of attraction to worship in holy places and
temples (on account of past practices and vasanas [?]), reject
it immediately.

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67. All these (powers) are only bondages to the individual
soul. Further they drag one to follow a low path. The supreme
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joy of liberation does not lie in any of them, but only in the
Infinite Consciousness.

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66. Even if the aspirant acquires many kinds of
supernatural powers and magical powers such as visualising
what is buried underneath the earth, and can demonstrate
them before the world, he should give up mental attachment
to them.

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65. Renounce completely all religious edicts and
disciplines. Since all kinds of action result in bondage, give
up all action plans, mental conflicts, and attachment to one's
caste duties.

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64. He does not reap the fruit of actions, good or bad.
Important dates and special observances zealously followed
by the world are not for him*. Give up all actions and all kinds
of worldly codes of conduct.

*(the earnest aspirant seeking liberation)

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61. Having thus explained the nature of knowledge to
enable everyone to attain liberation, which is always available,
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I shall now proceed to describe the conduct to be adopted by
seekers. Noble Lady, listen to them calmly.

62. O Queen among women! Know that bathing in holy
waters, repeating holy names or words (mantras), performing
daily homa (sacred offering in specially prepared fire),
worship, other oblations in lustrous fire, or any other means
(sadhana) to be followed after great study, are never required
for him (the earnest aspirant seeking liberation).

63. Niyamas (strict rules of conduct such as what to eat,
when to eat, how to eat, what to wear, where to sit and so on),
worship of deities in sacred places, nama archanas (worship
of deities by reciting sacred names), pitru karmas (oblations,
etc., carried out for the sake of forefathers to help them reach
a high state), pilgrimage to holy places which have come forth
on earth, and observance of great vows, are all not for him
(the earnest aspirant), if considered deeply.

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60. Repeatedly see thus: `I am He, the eternal, omnipresent
Reality which is Brahman '. Meditating thus for a long time,
whoever abides imperturbably will become the Supreme
Brahman, thereby attaining immortality.

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