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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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59. The beginningless Consciousness is unborn, whole
and, residing forever in its natural home of the Heart-cave, is
without form, world or impurity. It is beyond comparison and
completely unattached. It cannot be comprehended by the
mind nor can it be seen or felt by the senses.

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58. I am not the gross body, nor am I the subtle body. I
am also not the causal body. I am the kinsman of the universe.
I am the One who is of the nature of transcendental knowledge.
I am moreover the eternal One, the Lord, the taintless One,
the One who is devoid of the states (of waking, dream and
sleep), the One who is devoid of the universe.

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57. By many kinds of rare austerities and charities,
everyone worships only Me. Know that this vast creation,
moving and stationary, and all objects, are nothing but Me,
the Infinite One.

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56. I am the one who is worshipped through sacrifices
and penances by all celestial beings beginning with Brahma
(the Creator), the heavenly damsels who are themselves sought
after, humans, yakshas, gandharvas, nagas and other groups
of superhuman beings, and also by many others. Know that
everyone worships only Me.

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55. Thinking, `I am the Lord of all creations, moving or
stationary, I remain as father, mother and father's father for
the universe', aspirants for mukti contemplate with
concentration and ardour only upon Me, who am that great
turiya state (the substratum of the waking, dream and
sleep states).

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54. I am the Self which is Consciousness, absolute
completeness, deathless and self-established, and which is
other than this insentient body, limited between the top of the
head and the sole of the foot, and which, beginning with the
antahkaranas (the inner instruments such as mind and
intellect) is bounded by the covering of the skin.

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53. I am pure Awareness, immaculate, perfectly liberated;
and forever present everywhere. I am indeterminable. No one
can grasp me or leave me. I am free from sorrow. I am always
brahmamayam (of the nature of Brahman ).

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52. He who is described in the scriptures as the unborn
and Lord, I am He, the Atman (Self), who is forever without
form or qualities. There is absolutely no doubt about it.

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51. The day one is able to see oneself with his inner eye
as not the body, all his desires vanish, and he experiences
perfect peace.

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