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| SECTION V | CHAPTER 53

The delusion known as ego-sense is like the blueness of the sky : it is better not to entertain that notion once again , but to abandon it .

After having abandoned the very root of the ego-sense , rest in the self which is of the nature of peace .

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If the ego-sense ceases to be then the illusory world-appearance does not germinate again and all cravings come to an end .

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All these phenomena seem to have a transient reality , like dream-experiences , visions in a state of delirium , hallucinations of a drunkard , optical illusions , psychosomatic illness , emotional disturbances and psychotic states .

But , O mind , you have conferred a permanent reality upon them , even as a lover suffers from the very imagination of his beloved's separation .

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It is only when this false ego-sense has arisen that the perverse notions " This is mine " and " That is his " arise .

And , when it is seen that all these are tricks of the false ego-sense , these unreal notions cease to be .

There is in truth naught else but the self ; hence realize that all this is the one cosmic being or Brahman

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In reality , consciousness cannot be conditioned : it is unlimited and is subtler than the subtlest atom , hence beyond the influence of mental conditioning .

The mind rests in the ego-sense and the reflected consciousness in the senses ; and from this there arises the illusion of self-limitation of consciousness .

When this is experienced and thought of again and again , the ego-sense and the illusion of self-limitation acquire a false validity

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Cut off all the fetters of desire and hope solely with the intelligence that is unlimited and which is endowed with patience and perseverance , and go beyond dharma and adharma .

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This mind is like a crow which dwells in the nest of this body .

It revels in filth ; it waxes strong by consuming flesh ; it pierces the hearts of others ; it knows only its own point of view which it considers as the truth ; it is dark on account of its ever-growing stupidity ; it is full of evil tendencies ; and it indulges in violent expressions .

It is a burden : drive it far , far away from yourself .

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Be freed from conditions known as duality and non-duality : and remain in a state of equilibrium which is a state of pure consciousness and freedom .

Realize that this cosmic consciousness is indivisible into " I " and " the other " ; thus remain firm and unshakable .

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This mind is like a tree which is firmly rooted in the vicious field known as the body .

Worries and anxieties are its blossoms ; it is laden with the fruits of old age and disease ; it is adorned with the flowers of desires and sense-enjoyments ; hopes and longings are its branches ; and perversities are its leaves .

Cut down this deadly poisonous tree , which looks as unshakable as the mountain , with the sharp axe known as enquiry .

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Where there is mind , there flourish hopes and desires , and there arise the experiences of pain and pleasure .

The consciousness which has been awakened to the truth does not fall into concepts and percepts

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Abandon notions such as " This is mine " , " That is he " , " This I am " and be established in the consciousness of undivided oneness .

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Abandon the impurity of objective perception , hopes and desires : remain established in self-knowledge .

Give up notions of auspicious and inauspicious happenings , give up visions of the desirable and undesirable : know that you are the essence of consciousness .

Realize that subject , object and actions do not touch you : remain as pure consciousness without any disturbance in it .

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It is only when self-knowledge is overpowered by ignorance that the delusion of world-appearance arises in the mind ; but when firmly established in self-knowledge — which is infinite , unlimited and unconditioned — the delusion or ignorance that gave rise to world-appearance comes to an end .

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O unsteady mind! is worldly life is not conducive to your true happiness. Hence, reach the state of equanimity. It is in such equanimity that you will experience peace, bliss and the truth.

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Abandon all the illusory appearances of objective phenomena , whether they appear to be within you or outside you .

Contemplate the sole reality of consciousness

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Taste the pure consciousness ( which is , in truth , the very essence of all that exists ) by resolutely renouncing objectivity of consciousness ( all the concepts and percepts ) and contemplating the changeless consciousness which is infinite .

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It is only as long as the mind continues to be agitated that it experiences the diversity of its own projection or expansion , even as rain falls only as long as there are clouds .

And , it is only as long as the infinite consciousness limits itself into the finite mind , that such agitation and expansion take place .

If consciousness ceases to be the finite mind , then know that the very roots of cyclic world-illusion are burnt and there is perfection .

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Abandon all other activities like pilgrimage , gifts and austerities , and bring the mind under your control for your ultimate good .

This world-appearance abides in the mind , even as there is space within the pot ; if the pot is broken , the illusory division of space vanishes ; and if the mind ceases to be , the concept of a world within the mind also ceases to be

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Live in the present , with your consciousness externalised momentarily but without any effort : when the mind stops linking itself to the past and to the future , it becomes no-mind .

If from moment to moment your mind dwells on what is and drops it effortlessly at once , the mind becomes no-mind , full of purity .

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Consciousness free from the limitations of the mind is known as the inner intelligence : it is the essential nature of no-mind , and therefore it is not tainted by the impurities of concepts and percepts .

That is the reality , that is supreme auspiciousness , that is the state known as the supreme self , that is omniscience

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| SECTION V | CHAPTER 36

O self , you are in truth non-attached , free from all desires and hopes , you are one and homogeneous without any parts , you are devoid of ego-sense : and you assume the doership of actions and you appear to experience the diversity , whether this is really true and factual or unreal and fictitious .

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| SECTION V | CHAPTER 20

Craving is the root of all sorrow : and the only intelligent way is to renounce all cravings completely and not to indulge them .

This indeed is the Brahmic state — pure , free from craving and from illness

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| SECTION V | CHAPTER 24

One should constantly endeavour to educate the mind with purifying knowledge , and nourish the mind with the inner transformation brought about by the study of scriptures .

When the mind has thus been transformed , it is able to reflect the truth without distortion .

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When dispassion matures , the spirit of enquiry arises in oneself .

The spirit of enquiry strengthens dispassion .

The two are interdependent , even as the ocean and the clouds are .

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Then without delay one should endeavour to see the self .

These two — self-realisation and cessation of craving — should proceed hand in hand , simultaneously .

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Until one turns away from sense-pleasure here , one will continue to roam in this world of sorrow .

No one can reach the state of total dispassion without persistent practice .

Only by right exertion can dispassion be attained ; there is no other means .

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