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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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50. Know that the person who experiences the firm
conviction, `I am the Supreme Brahman [?], I am the Master and
Lord of the Universe!' is the real mukta [?](one who has attained
liberation), and that the one following conflicting paths is in
bondage.

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49. I alone am. No one belongs to me; nor do I belong to
anyone else. I can see no one who can call me his; neither can
I see anyone who is mine. I am all alone.

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48. Giving up all notions about country, caste, blemishless
community, asrama (status as a bachelor, family man, ascetic
or one who has renounced the world) and associated matters,
hold on to and practise always meditation upon the Self, your
own natural state.

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47. With great devotion meditating constantly that `I am
that Siva the form of the one Consciousness that is always
unsullied by any adjunct,' dispel all your attachments.

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46. The Consciousness which shines as `I' in the Heart-
lotus is pure (flawless) and perfectly steady (without a trace
of movement). By destroying the ego, which rises (from that
Consciousness), that Consciousness itself bestows the supreme
joy of liberation. Be sure about it.

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45. A wise man should not give up the body out of aversion
to it. Know that when once the prarabdha karma [?](result of
accumulated actions) which was responsible for the creation
of the body ceases, the bodily burden will automatically
fall off.

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44. All objects of attachments are said to be pairs of
opposites (happiness and misery, good and bad, profit and
loss, victory and defeat, and so on). When one rises above
those pairs of opposites, one realises the Supreme. Such a
yogi is a jivanmukta, liberated from bondage. On discarding
the body, he becomes a videhamukta.

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43. Gods and goddesses, merits, demerits and their fruits,
which are likewise anya (other than oneself), objects of
attachment and the knowledge of those objects -- all these
will lead one to bondage in mighty samsara.

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42. Know that whoever meditates on that supreme void,
and becomes established in it by virtue of constant practice,
will definitely attain the great state which is beyond birth and
death.

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41. Dispelling all attachments completely, and fixing that
mind in the Heart firmly, persist in your practice always in
order to strengthen the awareness, which then shines forth
with great effulgence and clarity.

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40. The state in which the mind is bereft of any support
to cling to, ever faultless and pure, and devoid of worldly
attachments, is the nature of liberation attained through
knowledge. Keep this firmly in mind.

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39. If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts
wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is
neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in that, the
natural (real) state.

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38. Do not practise meditation by fixing the mind on the
six adhara chakras, the ones that are up or down or in the
middle, or anywhere else. Giving up all such meditations,
make the mind always devoid of any support (either inside or
outside).

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37. When one adopts the practice (sadhana ) by means of
which one's mind, which is restless like the wind, is made
still perpetually, then the purpose of taking birth as a human
being is fulfilled. That is also the mark of a true scholar.

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36. Meditate on the peerless Self which pervades all the
various forms, yet remains without any blemish (being
unaffected by them), just as ether, pervading all the creations
made up of the five elements, remains unsullied at the time of
their dissolution.

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“He who utters the name of Shiva
Hundreds and hundreds of times
Grows great through the showering
Of the sweet, sublime nectar.
The marvelous power of this word
Enters even into the hearts of fools.

And that word, which flows like honey
From the nectar-crescent of the moon,
Causes the highest nectar to flow --
That is the sound of Shiva.
The blessed
Ever have this sound upon their lips.

What indeed is there in the world
That does not conceal you?
Yet nothing exists that can conceal
You from the devotees.

Attained by so many disciples
And with so many attributes
You appear at all times to the devotees
In your true form, O Lord.

Triumphant, they laugh,
And vanquished, they laugh even more --
Leaving behind not only base powers,
But liberation itself.

In the same way that it arose in me,
Allow this love of devotion
Previously unknown to me
To grow greater still, O Lord.

Truly, I have no other entreaty but this:
Let me for all time, O Lord,
Be consumed with unending devotion.

Let me be enraged and yet
Compassionate toward the world.
And thus in the madness of devotion
May I laugh and weep and chant
Shiva, thunderously.

What is called liberation
Is simply the ripeness of devotion, O Lord.
Having taken the first steps toward that,
We are even now almost liberated.

Here in this world
Another world exists
That bears as fruit joyousness
For your devotees.

May there be devotion to you
As the Secret One, as the Transcendent One,
As Lord of the Universe,
As Shambhu, as Shiva,
As the Celestial One.
Ah, how indeed could I ever express it?

Devotion, devotion, devotion
To the Transcendent One.
Ardent devotion!
This is why I cry and clamor!
Let me have ardent devotion for you,
Only you.”

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34. When once the mind becomes steady, it should not be
disturbed in any way. There is no need to think even in the
least of anything else, entertaining any doubts. Fixing the mind
firmly in that state (of Self-awareness), keep it still.

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