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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 100

The individualised consciousness ( the mind ) has arisen in the supreme being , O Rama : it is both different and non-different from the infinite consciousness even as a wave is different and non-different from the ocean .

To the enlightened the mind is the absolute Brahman and naught else .

To the unenlightened, the mind is the cause of repetitive history ( samsara ) .

When dualistic concepts are used by us , O Rama , it is only to facilitate instruction : the division is not real .

The absolute Brahman is omnipotent : and there is nothing which is outside of it .

It is his own power or energy that pervades all things .

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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 102

There is no division in the self , for the absolute Brahman is all this .

What then is called bondage and what is liberation ?

It is only in a state of ignorance that you think you experience pain , though you are untouched by pain .

These things do not exist in the self .

Let the body fall or rise or let it go on to another universe ; I am not confined to the body , then how am I affected by all this ?

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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 102

Only a fool , not a wise man , is deluded by his own ideas ; it is a fool who thinks that the imperishable is perishable , and gets deluded .

Egotism is but an idea based on a false association of the self with the physical elements .

When one alone exists in all this as the infinite consciousness , how has what is called egotism arisen ?

In fact , this egotism does not exist any more than the mirage exists in the desert .

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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 102

Only a fool , not a wise man , is deluded by his own ideas ; it is a fool who thinks that the imperishable is perishable , and gets deluded .

Egotism is but an idea based on a false association of the self with the physical elements .

When one alone exists in all this as the infinite consciousness , how has what is called egotism arisen ?

In fact , this egotism does not exist any more than the mirage exists in the desert .

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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 102

Therefore , O Rama , abandon your imperfect vision which is not based on fact ; rest in the perfect vision which is of the nature of bliss and which is based on truth .

Enquire into the nature of truth . Abandon falsehood .

You are ever free ; why do you call yourself bound and then grieve ?

The self is infinite ; why , how and by whom is it bound ?

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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 103 104

In the twinkling of an eye it creates countless worlds and in the twinkling of an eye it destroys them .

Even as an able actor plays several roles one after the other , this mind assumes several aspects one after the other .

It makes the unreal appear as real and vice versa ; and on account of this it seems to enjoy and to suffer .

Even that which it gets naturally it grabs with hands and feet , and as a result of this false sense of ownership , suffers the consequences .

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What shall I do? Where shall I go? What shall I try to hold? What shall I renounce?
This entire universe is permeated by the one Self. Unhappiness or sorrow is the Self. Happiness is the Self, too. All desires are but empty void. Having known that all this is the Self, I am freed from all travail. In this body, within and without, above and below, everywhere - here and there - there is only the Self and Self alone, and there is no non-self. The Self, alone is everywhere; everything exists as the Self. All this is truly the Self. I exist in the Self as the Self. I exist as all this, as the reality in all everywhere. I am the fullness. I am the Self-Bliss. I fill the entire universe like the cosmic ocean

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Ignorance points to the hidden wisdom....
Wisdom then dissolves the ignorance...
Eventually wisdom too comes to rest....
All this is a void...
ego-sense, all appearances too are void...
An absolute silence....
-Sage Vasishtha-

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It is the will to do or not to do that binds...
And its absence is liberation...

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This creation, which is a mere play of consciousness, rises up, like the delusion of a snake in a rope (when there is ignorance) and comes to an end when there is right knowledge

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Yama (death) will not come to those whose minds are above pain. Death will not come to those who have mastered the serpent of desire. Yama (death) will not come to those whose minds have attained peace; death will not come to those who have overcome the serpent of greed; yama (death) will not come to those who have control of anger and passion; death will not tome to those who have reached the highest divine state by daily meditation; death will not come to those who have attained the non-dual state. Mental diseases and pain will not reach those who are non-dual, but have equal vision upon all.

"The mind should be kept under control. It should not become abstract on the way to reaching the highest state which is the Atma, or God, where no differentiation of this or that exists, having overcome all fear. Reaching this state is a difficult work, as it is all Bliss, without pain, and cannot be attained by the ignorant, who are roaming in the darkness. Wisdom is the way which leads to the state of highest bliss, the control of Prana, which is the way to control old age and death.'

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The entire universe exists in an atom of the infinite consciousness; hence an atom itself is the universe.

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He is a happy man whose mind is inwardly cool and free from attachment and hatred and who looks upon this world like a mere spectator

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Just as fire born out of wind, which is fanned into flame, gets extinguished by the same wind, so also that which is born of imagination is destroyed by imagination itself

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Knowers of truth r happy and smiling at all times...

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Just as tree brings forth divers beautiful branches without mental activity. Similarly awareness give rise to divers and colorful world appearances in dreaming as well as waking states...

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Consciousness does not have any object for it to become aware of: hence all talk of unity and diversity is meaningless

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Even though bondage does not really exist, it becomes strong through worldly enjoyments; when this desire subsides bondage becomes weak

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Association with the wise, abandonment of latent Mental Impressions, Self inquiry, Control of breathing.....these are the means of Conquering the Mind

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