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To imagine that the Self is shackled by mental projections is to imagine that the fire reflected in a mirror can burn it.
There is absolutely no bondage beyond the foolish certainty that you are bound and the difference of entity created by mind.

Until these two blemishes are washed away by the holy waters of investigation into the Self, neither I, nor Brahma the Creator, nor Vishnu, nor Siva, nor even Sri Tripura, the Goddess of Wisdom, can help that person to be emancipated.

Therefore, Rama, surmount these two hurdles and remain eternally happy.

~ Sri Dattatreya in 'Tripura Rahasya', chapter XVIII, verses : 127-130

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Let the body do what it likes. Thinking thus, I always abide in my own Self as the Perfect fountainhead of Bliss and pure uninterrupted consciousness. I am therefore in the state of perfection and remain unblemished.

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Examine again your daydreams and mental imagery. Though they are perfect in detail, yet they are no less mental.

Consciousness permeating them obviously remains unblemished before creation or after dissolution of the world; even during the existence of the world, it remains unaffected as the mirror by the images.

Chapter XIV, verses 56-57)

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Consider the Self as pure intelligence bereft of objective knowledge.

What is known is not different from that intelligence, it is like a series of images reflected in a mirror. Absolute consciousness is the universe; it is `I', it is all, sentient and insentient, mobile and immobile. Everything else is illuminated by it whereas it is alone and Self-luminous. Therefore let those sensible people who are desirous of chit (pure intelligence) turn away from illusory knowledge and contemplate their own Self -- the absolute consciousness -- which illumines all the rest, and which is their being too.

Dattatreya in Tripura Rahasya, Chapter X

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Spirit: Who is fearless? Who is free from misery? Who is never needy?

Prince: The man with no attachments is free from fear; the one with controlled mind is free from misery; the Self-realised man is never needy.

~ Tripura Rahasya; chapter XXI, verses 102-103

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Now carefully analyse the underlying consciousness which, though abstract and apart from material objects, yet illumines them all the same. Know it to be the truth. O Sage! What is not self-luminous can only fall within the orbit of intelligence and cannot be Intelligence itself. Intelligence is that by which objects are known; it cannot be what it is if it becomes the object of knowledge. What is intelligible must always be different from Intelligence itself, or else it could not be made known by it. Intelligence in the abstract cannot admit of parts, which is the characteristic of objects. Therefore objects take on shapes. Carefully watch absolute intelligence after eliminating all else from it.

~ Tripura Rahasya; chapter XVI, verses 15-19

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29-31. The sight must be turned away from other objects and fixed on a particular object in order to see it. Otherwise that object will not be perceived in entirety. The fact that the sight is not fixed on it is the same as not seeing it. Similarly is it with hearing, touch, etc.
32. The same applies to the mind in its sensations of pain and pleasure, which are not felt if the mind is otherwise engaged.
33. The other perceptions require the two conditions, namely, elimination of other objects and concentration on the one. But Self-realisation differs from them in that it requires only one condition: elimination of all perceptions.

~ Tripura Rahasya; chapter XVI, verses 29-33

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When the Supreme Devi is well pleased with the worship of the devotee, She turns into vichara [enquiry] in him and shines as the blazing Sun in the expanse of his Heart.

If once vichara takes root, the highest good has, for all practical purposes, been reached in this life. As long as vichara is absent from a human being, the most desirable form of birth, so long is the tree of life barren and therefore useless. The only useful fruit of life is vichara.

~ Sri Dattatreya ('Tripura Rahasya', Chapter II, 70 & 77)

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"Jnana is eternal and no effort is really needed. Because it is already there and needs no accomplishment, jnana is pure intelligence, the same consciousness which is ever self-radiant.

What kind of effort can avail to disclose the eternally self-resplendent consciousness? Being coated with a thick crust of infinite vasanas (dispositions), it is not easily perceived. The incrustation must first be soaked in the running stream of mind control and carefully scrapped off with the sharp chisel of investigation. Then one must turn the closed urn of crystal quartz-- namely, the mind cleaned in the aforesaid manner-- on the grinding wheel of alertness and finally open the lid with the lever of discrimination.

Lo! the gem enclosed within is now reached and that is all!"

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