- Through bitark you can know yourself. Leave all other questions aside and stick to ‘Who am I?’ until you attain self realization.
- What happens if you get self realization? Then it is said you attain that infinite bliss/happiness which no one can snatch away from you.
- The bliss you attain from ‘Samadhi’ does not just raise you but also raise living beings near you.
- Like the characteristic of Light is to spread up, similarly the characteristic of bliss is to spread up.
- If flu or infection can catch you, why can’t bliss which is thousand times more powerful than those negative energies!
- It is said that ‘Mahavir Swami’ when would sit for Samadhi; living beings around him in radius of 20 miles would leave violence.
- All the people in this world directly or indirectly work for happiness. And the happiness that they are looking for can only be achieved in Samadhi.
- And when you receive highest degree of happiness then small happiness around you cannot shake you. Like when Sun rise you don’t care even if candle is lit over there.
- It is not necessary that each and every person on this earth should experience ‘Samadhi’, it’s not necessary, even if some people attain; rest will be benefited from it.
- ‘What is this?’ is Science and Who am I? is Spirituality.
- Next Sutra is means The body comes into existence when union of two energies (male & female) happens. Here you can’t say Male energy is dominant than Female energy. Both the energies are considered equal, only then it can form body.
- And then consciousness enters into body making it lively.
- It’s all deep science you can only know when you go deep into ‘Samadhi’.
A few years back, a young guy of about 30 years came to meet me at my office. He was an Art of Living teacher and I had absolutely no interest in spirituality back then. But the moment I met him, I knew instinctively that I wanted to be a part of Art of Living. He was irresistible. He didn’t have to say a word. I could feel the peace in his presence. I could see the glow on his face and I was overwhelmed by his aura.
Do you want to be irresistible? It has nothing to do with age or being beautiful. It is quite simple. All you have to do is follow some simple tips:
1.Smile Have you noticed how little kids befriend everyone? And yet,all they do is flash their cute smile and even a stranger can’t help falling in love with them. A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.People seldom notice your clothes if you wear a big smile.People look perfect when they smile.Wear a smile and win friends!
2.Be kind It’s important to be kind.Treat everyone with politeness.Kindness is a language which everyone understands.Sometimes we are so caught up in our busy lives that we forget this basic human trait.Be kind and gracious to everyone.In a world full of people who don’t care,stand apart by being the one who cares.
3.Be natural You are beautiful as you are.Don’t try to be someone who you aren’t.Have you noticed little children? How they are at ease everywhere!They don’t try to impress anyone.
4.Be attentive If you genuinely want to be irresistible, then be attentive to others. Be an attentive listener.The best gift you can give someone is that of your undivided attention.
5.Silence We live in a world of noise and distractions, which continually tug our attention out of ourselves to the material world. To reconnect to our true self. Take time now and then to be still. Meditate or simply sit away from distractions and relax. A few moments everyday in silence not only helps you connect with your inner wisdom but also helps in increasing productivity and creativity.
6.Simplicity Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.Simplicity in dressing up,simplicity in behaviour, simplicity in living,simplicity in your thoughts is what catches the eye.
7.Be non-judgemental Stop labelling people just because they’re not like you.When you are judging people,you are creating a distance.
8.Be honest Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess.When you are sincere and honest,people are drawn towards you because they know that they can trust you. Few delights can equal the mere presence of the one whom we trust.
9.Be rock solid Ups and downs are a part of living but smiling through the ups and downs is the art of living.Don’t let the life’s unpredictable moments shake you.Events may come and go but you be rock solid.
10.Celebrate life Honour the big moments of life but also appreciate the little moments of life and enjoy them as well.Celebrate the spontaneity of life.Live each day as it comes to the fullest.Remember life is beautiful and so are you!
Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~Lao Tzu
Sharing a part of my lifestory… written a couple of years ago on my personal blog…. 🙂
I was 12 or 13 years old when I was gifted a book called ‘ The Art of Living’ on Vipassana Meditation by William Hart. I had already done the Transcendental Meditation course and as children my age would do, never practiced it again, though I still remember the mantra I was given!! 🙂
I must say, that all through this journey called life, spiritual books have found their way into my life.. 🙂 All this talk these days, about attracting things into life, going by that philosophy, maybe I must have wanted them in some previous birth 🙂 I have a story for each one entering my life in very interesting and sometimes, not so happy, circumstances. Always making me realize the presence of the divine around, taking care of me! 🙂
Coming back to the book ‘The Art of Living’! It’s a beautiful book on Vipassana Meditation with an outline of the basics of Buddhism, short stories and an ‘Intellectual Commentary on Experiential Wisdom.’ I loved reading that book, especially the short stories, every now and then. Must have read it 30-40 times but I never understood parts of the ‘Intellectual Commentary,’ and I wished I could find someone who would explain the meaning of quite a few things the book mentions. In vain!! I found no one near me who could understand it, or for that matter, was willing to read ‘SUCH BOOKS’ at my age :))) Definitely none of my friends, classmates or even elders.
Though I enjoyed the book immensely, I could not relate to all the experiences narrated in the book. However, I did not associate that with any form of disbelief on the writer, or Vipassana or Buddhism, nor did I ever doubt any of the experiences. I always felt there was truth behind those words. I knew that somewhere something in my own experience was lacking that prevented me from understanding the book completely. I always thought I would go to a Vipassana centre someday to experience it myself…
However, instead of Vipassana, something else happened!!! “The BEST thing that could have ever happened”!! The Art of Living Part 1 Course.. then YES!+ Navratri Advance Course at Ashram with Gurudev H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji ..then Sahaj.. DSN…
After I began practicing meditation regularly, that ‘Intellectual Commentary’ has become an ‘Experiential Reality.’ (An everyday affair) Transformed my life, attitude, thinking and continues to do so.. And now when I read that book, or other books on spiritual experiences, I comprehend a lot more of what they imply.
The Limitation of Words
Words sometimes (or maybe most of the times) fail to reflect experiences. (Try explaining the pain in your head, to someone who has never experienced any pain. Can you find words to express it…..We all want easy answers, but nothing can ever satisfy our highest quest, if it is genuine, except our own experiences. To add, Meditation is not a one day affair, although I have seen and continue to see hundreds of first time phenomena and miracles all around me.
The Cure for Restlessness
Most people say they are unable to close their eyes and relax even for a few moments. The absence of a person or thing that we love or want can definitely make us restless and feel lonely, but imagine, if that’s the restlessness in and around us, where we cannot sit with ourselves for some time, why would people want to be with restless people like us?
We are all energy transmitters, so it’s very important to see what kind of energy we are emitting.. 🙂
Not to say, that there are no restless moments, but mindfulness, the very awareness that we are restless, works to bring us out of it. The very moment we become aware of it, we begin to break the cycle and understand that ‘being alone’ and ‘being lonely’ are two completely different perspectives. In simple words, just a conversion!! The ability to experience the difference, may come after a period of practicing mindfulness or meditation, or can happen in a fraction of a second. 🙂
All is ‘Energy’
The quantum physicist and the saint say the same thing – All is ‘Energy.’ The former talks from a scientific and experimental perspective and the latter from an experiential perspective! Feeling the vibrations, electricity and energy in and around him! While there is no change in the temperament of the quantum physicist when he makes this proclamation, a true saint’s mere presence reflects the bliss, radiance and resplendence that comes from experiencing reality as it is!
Remembering Celine Dion’s song –
‘….When you wanted the most, there’s no easy way out,
When you’re ready to go, and your heart’s left in doubt,
Don’t give up on your faith,
Love (I call it the highest possible manifestation of energy) comes to those who believe it,
And ‘That’s the way it is’!! 🙂
Almost heaven, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River, Country Roads, Take me home, To the place I belong… As a youngster who grew up in Bangalore humming the classic country music of late John Denver, little did I know I would actually have a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The mountains of West Virginia were “Almost Heaven” to Denver. If Denver were to be in our midst, he would have known what “heaven” truly is.
The Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina have come to life and truly turned into a “heaven” with the inauguration of International Centre for Meditation and Well Being in Boone, on June 30, 2012. Enjoy the story and pictures of the Centre tucked in the lap of the Blue Ridge Mountains:
The gala inauguration of the International Center for Peace and Well-Being, was led by Gurudev His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji. Sri Sri was joined by leaders from Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish communities.
In the inaugural address, Gurudev shared His vision of “One World Family.” He said, “It has been the dream of many to open a place like this in the United States where people can discover how beautiful they are on the inside through the beauty of nature. This Center will tend to each individual’s physical, mental and spiritual needs and turn tears to smiles, dullness to creativity and hatred to love. It is a place where reason becomes sharper, faith becomes deeper .”
The story of this stunning Centre sprawling across 381 acres is dotted with miracles.
It seems, the Art of Living Foundation initially couldn’t get the property since it could not offer the highest bid at the auction of this place. Gurudev told the US team led by Nilendu ji not to be disheartened and to keep their sankalpa (intention) strong. Miraculously, the highest bidder defaulted on the terms of the purchase and as the second highest bidder the Art of Living was able to get the property in October 2011.
Renovating the numerous buildings at the site seemed an impossible job in the beginning. But miraculously, the weather turned mild, the local contractors went out of the way to support Nilenduji’s team and the impossible became possible in just six months!
Keeping in with the tradition of the other international Art of Living Centres in India, Canada, Germany, the Boone International Centre is likely to generate more than estimated $7.2 million in economic impact on the local economy during its first year of operation.
The Boone Ashram is a real boon. It is the most beautiful home for world-wide seekers of inner peace, that forms the basis for long-lasting outer peace.
The Ashram itself started with the most wonderful boon – that of hosting Guru Poornima 2012 on July 3rd in the presence of beloved and venerable Gurudev.
Here is the amazing video of Guru Purnima 2012 with Gurudev at Boone Ashram:
Wishing you a Himalayan Experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Have you ever had this experience that you were doing what you always do, following your daily routine, and suddenly you become aware and wonder what the purpose is of all this? It is like you suddenly ‘wake up’. Most people might never question their existence, but once this happens in your life, it becomes difficult to just continue living the way you were doing before. You want to know more, find out what the purpose of your life is, of this existence. The more aware you become, the more this ‘thirst’ keeps growing…
In The Matrix, Neo has the same question. “Have you ever had this feeling where you are not sure whether you are awake or still dreaming?” His urge to know the Truth about existence is very strong, and just like any sincere seeker, when the thirst is strong enough, the Master, or Guru, appears in one’s life. Morpheus and his team keep scanning The Matrix for people that are ‘ready to be woken up’ or ‘to be unplugged’. Those people are like spiritual seekers, who have reached that level of maturity that will allow their intellect to be open enough to consider the possibility of the Truth: that all this is Maya, an illusion, created by the mind itself. If you watch the movie from this point of view, and if you have some experience with Sudarshan Kriya, meditation and spiritual practices, you will find many interesting dialogues and details.
Trinity tells Neo: “It is the question that drives us. It is the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did: “What is The Matrix?” And the answer is out there. And it will find you, if you want it to.”
When Neo gets a glimpse of The Matrix, he is not sure whether he wants to go through with it. Trinity tells him: “Neo, you have to trust me. Why? Because you have been down there, Neo, you know that road, you know exactly where it ends. And I know that’s not where you want to be.” Neo then realizes that his thirst to know the Truth will only get quenched if he takes this leap of faith.
When they finally meet, Morpheus tells Neo: “Let me tell you why you are here. You are here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You felt it your entire life. You don’t know what it is, but it is there, like a splinter in your mind. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about? The Matrix. Do you want to know what it is? The Matrix is everywhere, all around us, even now in this very room. Unfortunately no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. After this there is no turning back. Remember: all I’m offering is the Truth, nothing more.”
And a little later, Morpheus tells Neo: “Have you ever had a dream Neo, that you were so sure it was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”
“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You are the one who has to walk through. You have to let it all go Neo – fear, doubt and disbelief. Free your mind, “ Morpheus tells him.
And my favorite part is when Neo meets a small monk boy when visiting the Oracle. The boy is bending a spoon with his mind, and then tells Neo: “Do not try and bend the spoon – that is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth. What truth? That there is no spoon. Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”
Finally Neo realizes the Truth, or reaches self-realization. He is now able to do things nobody even thought possible – he is able to bend, or even break, the rules of The Matrix. It reminds me of the amazing things a fully enlightened Guru, like His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar does. The Sudarshan Kriya taught in The Art of Living Course is like the red pill that has already unplugged millions of people – and that without the pain, slime and nasty plug points all along the spine!
Those who have read the ‘Yoga Vasistha’, the crown jewel of ancient Vedantic scriptures, can recognize instantly how the knowledge in the book has been tweaked intelligently to create The Matrix. According to Sage Vasistha, “Creation is what one sees and is aware of, and this is within oneself.” The Yoga Vasistha provides delightful insights into the ancient Vedanta wisdom, the nature of existence, reality, governance and dissolution.
It seems fitting that the theme song at the end of the Matrix Trilogy is the ancient Vedic mantra ‘Asato Ma Sad Gamaya, Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya’ (which means ‘lead us from untruth to Reality, from darkness to Light, from death to Immortality’).
Enjoy watching the movie (again)! And post any other interesting perspective or dialogues of this movie that you find, as comments to this post! There are many more 😉
kathaṁ jñānamavāpnoti kathaṁ muktirbhaviṣyati
vairāgyaṁ ca kathaṁ prāptaṁ etad brūhi mama prabho
Janaka said : How can knowledge be acquired? How can liberation be attained? How is dispassion possible? Tell me this, O Lord.
muktiṁ icchasi cettāta viṣayān viṣavattyaja
kṣamārjavadayātoṣasatyaṁ pīyūṣavad bhaja
Ashtavakra said: If you aspire liberation, my child, shun the objects of the senses as poison. Practise forgiveness, sincerity, compassion, contentment and truthfulness as nectar.
na prthvī na jalam nāgnirna vāyurdyaurna vā bhavān
esām sāksinamātmānam cidrūpam viddhi muktaye
You are neither Earth, nor water, nor fire, nor air nor even ether. In order to attain liberation, know the Self as the witness of all these and as Consciousness itself.
yadi dehaṁ pṛthak kṛtya citi viśrāmya tiṣṭhasi
adhunaiva sukhī śānto bandhamukto bhaviṣyasi
If you see yourself as distinct from the body and rest in Consciousness, you will at once be happy, peaceful and free from bondage
na tvaṁ viprādiko varṇo nāśramī nākṣagocaraḥ
asaṅgo’si nirākāro viśvasākṣī sukhī bhava
You do not belong to the Brahmin or any other caste, or to any dharma (Four dharmas are Brahmacharya, Grahasthya, Vanaprastha, Sanyasa). You are not perceived by the senses. You are Unattached, formless and the witness of all. Be happy.
dharmādharmau sukhaṁ duḥkhaṁ mānasāni na te vibho
na kartāsi na bhoktāsi mukta evāsi sarvadā
Righteousness and unrighteousness, pleasure and pain are of the mind, not of you, O all-pervading one. You are neither the doer nor the enjoyer. Verily you are ever free.
eko draṣṭāsi sarvasya muktaprāyo’si sarvadā
ayameva hi te bandho draṣṭāraṁ paśyasītaram
You are the one seer of everything, and are always ever free. The cause of your bondage is that you see yourself not as the seer but as something other than this.
nāhaṁ karteti viśvāsāmṛtaṁ pītvā sukhī bhava
You who have been bitten by the black serpant of egoism ‘I am the doer’, drink nectar of the faith, “I am not the doer”, and be happy.
eko viśuddhabodho’haṁ iti niścayavahninā
prajvālyājñānagahanaṁ vītaśokaḥ sukhī bhava
Burn down the forest of ignorance with the fire of Knowledge “I am the the One and Pure Consciousness”, and be free from sorrow and be happy.
yatra viśvamidaṁ bhāti kalpitaṁ rajjusarpavat
ānandaparamānandaḥ sa bodhastvaṁ sukhaṁ bhava
You are that Consciousness, Bliss – Supreme Bliss, in and upon which this Universe appears superimposed, like a snake on a rope. Be Happy.
muktābhimānī mukto hi baddho baddhābhimānyapi
kiṁvadantīha satyeyaṁ yā matiḥ sā gatirbhavet
He who considers himself free is free, and he who considers himself bound remains bound. ‘As one thinks so one becomes’ is a saying in the world, and it is quite true.
ātmā sākṣī vibhuḥ pūrṇa eko muktaścidakriyaḥ
asaṁgo niḥspṛhaḥ śānto bhramātsaṁsāravāniva
The Self is witness, all pervading, perfect, One, free, Consciousness, actionless, unattached, dersireless and quiet. Due to illusion it appears as if It is of the world.
kūṭasthaṁ bodhamadvaitamātmānaṁ paribhāvaya
ābhāso’haṁ bhramaṁ muktvā bhāvaṁ bāhyamathāntaram
Meditate on the Atman as motionless, Consciousness and non dual, giving up the external and internal self modifications.
dehābhimānapāśena ciraṁ baddho’si putraka
bodho’haṁ jñānakhaṁgena taḥnikṛtya sukhī Bhava
My child, You have long been trapped in the noose of identification with the body. Sever it with the sword of knowledge “I am Consciousness”, and be happy.
niḥsaṁgo niṣkriyo’si tvaṁ svaprakāśo niraṁjanaḥ
ayameva hi te bandhaḥ samādhimanutiṣṭhati
You are unattached, actionless, self-effulgent and Without any blemish. The cause of your bondage is that you are trying to quieten the mind.
tvayā vyāptamidaṁ viśvaṁ tvayi protaṁ yathārthataḥ
śuddhabuddhasvarūpastvaṁ mā gamaḥ kṣudracittatām
You pervade this Universe and this Universe exists in you. You are pure consciousness by nature. Do not be small-minded.
nirapekṣo nirvikāro nirbharaḥ śītalāśayaḥ
agādhabuddhirakṣubdho bhava cinmātravāsanaḥ
You are unconditioned, changeless, formless, of cool disposition, of unfathomable intelligence and unperturbed. Desire Consciousness alone.
sākāramanṛtaṁ viddhi nirākāraṁ tu niścalam
etattattvopadeśena na punarbhavasaṁbhavaḥ
Recognise that the apparent is unreal, while the unmanifest is abiding. Through this instruction you will escape from getting trapped in cycle of birth again.
yathaivādarśamadhyasthe rūpe’ntaḥ paritastu saḥ
tathaivā’smin śarīre’ntaḥ paritaḥ parameśvaraḥ
Just as a mirror exists within and without the image reflected in it, so the Supreme Self exists within and outside this body.
ekaṁ sarvagataṁ vyoma bahirantaryathā ghaṭe
nityaṁ nirantaraṁ brahma sarvabhūtagaṇe tathā
Just as one and the same all-pervading space exists within and without a jar, so the eternal, everlasting God exists in the totality of things.
aho niraṁjanaḥ śānto bodho’haṁ prakṛteḥ paraḥ
etāvantamahaṁ kālaṁ mohenaiva viḍaṁbitaḥ
Janaka said: Oh, I am spotless, tranquil, Pure Consciousness, and beyond Nature. All this time I have been deceived by illusion.
yathā prakāśayāmyeko dehamenaṁ tathā jagat
ato mama jagatsarvamathavā na ca kiṁcana
As I alone give reveal this body, even so do I reveal this Universe, As a result this Universe is mine, or nothing is mine.
sa śarīramaho viśvaṁ parityajya mayādhunā kutaścit kauśalād eva paramātmā vilokyate
So now that I have renounced the Universe together with the body, by some good fortune I now perceive the Supreme Self.
yathā na toyato bhinnāstaraṁgāḥ phenabudbudāḥ
ātmano na tathā bhinnaṁ viśvamātmavinirgatam
Just as waves, foam and bubbles are not different from water, so the Universe emanating from the Self is not different from it.
tantumātro bhaved eva paṭo yadvad vicāritaḥ
ātmatanmātramevedaṁ tadvad viśvaṁ vicāritam
As a cloth, when analysed, is found to be just thread, so this Universe, when analysed, is nothing but the Self.
yathaivekṣurase klṛptā tena vyāptaiva śarkarā
tathā viśvaṁ mayi klṛptaṁ mayā vyāptaṁ nirantaram
Just as the sugar produced from the juice of the sugarcane is wholly premeated by the same juice, so the Universe produced in me is permeated by through and through.
ātmajñānājjagad bhāti ātmajñānānna bhāsate
rajjvajñānādahirbhāti tajjñānād bhāsate na hi
The world appears from the ignorance of the Self and disappeas with the knowledge of the Self, just as the snake appears from the non congnizance of the rope and disappears with its recognition.
prakāśo me nijaṁ rūpaṁ nātirikto’smyahaṁ tataḥ
yadā prakāśate viśvaṁ tadāhaṁ bhāsa eva hi
Light is my very nature. I am no other than shining light. When the Universe manifests itself, it is simply me that is shining forth.
aho vikalpitaṁ viśvamajñānānmayi bhāsate
rūpyaṁ śuktau phaṇī rajjau vāri sūryakare yathā
Oh, the Universe appears in me, conceived due to ignorance, just as silver appears in the mother of pearl, a snake in the rope and water in the sunlight.
matto vinirgataṁ viśvaṁ mayyeva layameṣyati
mṛdi kuṁbho jale vīciḥ kanake kaṭakaṁ yathā
Just as a jug dissolves into clay, a wave into water, or a bracelet into gold, so the universe which as emanated out of me will dissolve into me.
aho ahaṁ namo mahyaṁ vināśo yasya nāsti me
brahmādistaṁbaparyantaṁ jagannāśo’pi tiṣṭhataḥ
How wonderful am I! Adoration to myself, who knows no destruction, surviving even beyond the destruction of the entire world from Brahna down to a clump of clay.
aho ahaṁ namo mahyaṁ eko’haṁ dehavānapi
kvacinna gantā nāgantā vyāpya viśvamavasthitaḥ
Wonderful am I! Glory to myselfe who, though with a body, am One, who neither goes anywhere nor comes from anywhere but abide forever, pervading the Universe.
aho ahaṁ namo mahyaṁ dakṣo nāstīha matsamaḥ
asaṁspṛśya śarīreṇa yena viśvaṁ ciraṁ dhṛtam
Wonderful am I! I bow down to myself! There is no one so clever as I, who is bearing the Universe for all eternity without even touching it with my body!
aho ahaṁ namo mahyaṁ yasya me nāsti kiṁcana
athavā yasya me sarvaṁ yad vāṅmanasagocaram
Wonderful am I! I bow down to myself! I who possess nothing at all, or possess everything that is thought or spoken of.
jñānaṁ jñeyaṁ tathā jñātā tritayaṁ nāsti vāstavam
ajñānād bhāti yatredaṁ so’hamasmi niraṁjanaḥ
Knowledge, knower and tue knowable — these three do not exist in reality. I am the spotless Self in which the triad appears because of ignorance.
dvaitamūlamaho duḥkhaṁ nānyattasyā’sti bheṣajam
dṛśyametan mṛṣā sarvaṁ eko’haṁ cidrasomalaḥ
Duality is the root of suffering. There is no other remedy for it except the realisation that all all objects of experience are unreal, and that I am pure, One, consciousness and Bliss.
bodhamātro’hamajñānād upādhiḥ kalpito mayā
evaṁ vimṛśato nityaṁ nirvikalpe sthitirmama
I am the pure Consciousness. Through ignorance I have imposed limitations upon myself. Constatntly reflecting in this way, I am abiding in the Absolute.
na me bandho’sti mokṣo vā bhrāntiḥ śānto nirāśrayā
aho mayi sthitaṁ viśvaṁ vastuto na mayi sthitam
For me here is neither bondage nor liberation. Having lost its suppot, the illusion has ceased. Oh, the universe, though existing in me, does not reality so exist.
saśarīramidaṁ viśvaṁ na kiṁciditi niścitam
śuddhacinmātra ātmā ca tatkasmin kalpanādhunā
I have kown for certain that the body and the Universe are nothing and the self is nothing but pure consciousness, so what is there for the imagination work on now?
śarīraṁ svarganarakau bandhamokṣau bhayaṁ tathā
kalpanāmātramevaitat kiṁ me kāryaṁ cidātmanaḥ
The body, heaven and hell, bondage and liberation, as also fear, all these are mere imagination. What have I to do with all these – I whose nature is pure Consciousness?
aho janasamūhe’pi na dvaitaṁ paśyato mama
araṇyamiva saṁvṛttaṁ kva ratiṁ karavāṇyaham
Oh, I do not find any duality. Even the multitude of human beings, therefore has become like a wilderness. To what should I attach myself?
nāhaṁ deho na me deho jīvo nāhamahaṁ hi cit
ayameva hi me bandha āsīdyā jīvite spṛhā
I am not the body, nor is the body mine. I am not a living being. I am Pure Consciousness. This indeed was my bondage that I had thirst for life.
aho bhuvanakallolairvicitrairdrāk samutthitam
mayyanaṁtamahāṁbhodhau cittavāte samudyate
Oh, in me, the limitless ocean, on the rising of the wind of the mind, diverse waves of worlds are produced forthwith.
mayyanaṁtamahāṁbhodhau cittavāte praśāmyati
abhāgyājjīvavaṇijo jagatpoto vinaśvaraḥ
With the calming of the wind of mind in the infinite ocean of myself, the world boat of the trader like living being meets destruction.
udyanti ghnanti khelanti praviśanti svabhāvataḥ
How wonderful ! In me, the shoreless ocean, the waves of individual selves rise, according to their nature strike each other, play for a while and disappear.
avināśinamātmānaṁ ekaṁ vijñāya tattvataḥ
tavātmajñānasya dhīrasya kathamarthārjane ratiḥ
Ashtavakra said: Having known yourself as truly indestructible and One, how is it that you, the knower of the Self, feel any pleasure in acquiring wealth?
śukterajñānato lobho yathā rajatavibhrame
Truly, when one does not know oneself, one takes pleasure in the objects of mistaken perception, just as greed arises from the illusion of silver caused by ignorance of the mother of pearl.
viśvaṁ sphurati yatredaṁ taraṅgā iva sāgare
so’hamasmīti vijñāya kiṁ dīna iva dhāvasi
Having known yourself to be That in which the universe appears like waves on the sea, why do you run liabout like a miserable being?
śrutvāpi śuddhacaitanya ātmānamatisundaram
After hearing oneself to be Pure Consciousness and supremely beautiful, how can one go on lusting after sensual objects and thus become impure?
sarvabhūteṣu cātmānaṁ sarvabhūtāni cātmani
munerjānata āścaryaṁ mamatvamanuvartate
When the wise one has realised that he himself is in all beings, and all beings are in him, it is strange that the sense of individuality should still continue.
āsthitaḥ paramādvaitaṁ mokṣārthe’pi vyavasthitaḥ
āścaryaṁ kāmavaśago vikalaḥ keliśikṣayā
It is strange that a man who abiding in the supreme nonduality and intent on liberation should still be subject to lust and weakend by sexual activity.
āścaryaṁ kāmamākāṅkṣet kālamantamanuśritaḥ
It is strange that knowing lust to be an enemy of knowledge, a man who has grown extremely weak and reached his last days, should still hanker after sensual enjoyment.
ihāmutra viraktasya nityānityavivekinaḥ
āścaryaṁ mokṣakāmasya mokṣād eva vibhīṣikā
It is astonishing that one who is unattached to objects of this world and the next, who discriminates the permanent from the impermanent, and who longs for emancipation, should still be afraid of dissolution of the body.
dhīrastu bhojyamāno’pi pīḍyamāno’pi sarvadā
ātmānaṁ kevalaṁ paśyan na tuṣyati na kupyati
Feted and feasted or tormented, the wise person is always aware of the Absolute Self and is thus neither pleased nor displeased.
ceṣṭamānaṁ śarīraṁ svaṁ paśyatyanyaśarīravat
saṁstave cāpi nindāyāṁ kathaṁ kṣubhyet mahāśayaḥ
The high- souled person witnesses his own body in action as if it were another’s. As such, how can he be disturbed by praise or blame?
māyāmātramidaṁ viśvaṁ paśyan vigatakautukaḥ
api sannihite mṛtyau kathaṁ trasyati dhīradhīḥ
Seeing this world as mere illusion, and losing all interest in it, how can one of steady mind feel fear, even at the approach of death?
niḥspṛhaṁ mānasaṁ yasya nairāśye’pi mahātmanaḥ
tasyātmajñānatṛptasya tulanā kena jāyate
Who can be compared to the great-souled one who is content with Self-knowledge and does not even hanker after liberation.
svabhāvād eva jānāno dṛśyametanna kiṁcana
idaṁ grāhyamidaṁ tyājyaṁ sa kiṁ paśyati dhīradhīḥ
How should a steady-minded person who knows the object of perception to be in its very nature nothing, consider one thing acceptable and another unacceptable?
aṁtastyaktakaṣāyasya nirdvandvasya nirāśiṣaḥ
yadṛcchayāgato bhogo na duḥkhāya na tuṣṭaye
An experience coming as a matter of course causes neither pleasure nor pain for someone who has given up worldly attachment from his mind, who is beyond the pair of opposites and free from desire.
na te saṁgo’sti kenāpi kiṁ śuddhastyaktumicchasi
saṁghātavilayaṁ kurvannevameva layaṁ vraja
Ashtavakra said: You are free from contact with anything whatsoever. Therefore, pure as you are, what do you want to renounce? Accordingly, dissolve away this body complex mix and merge back into your unmixed reality.
udeti bhavato viśvaṁ vāridheriva budbudaḥ
iti jñātvaikamātmānaṁ evameva layaṁ vraja
The universe arises out of you, like bubbles rising out of the sea. Knowing all of them as just one self, get merged there, in your own reality.
pratyakṣamapyavastutvād viśvaṁ nāstyamale tvayi
rajjusarpa iva vyaktaṁ evameva layaṁ vraja
The universe, because it is unreal, being manifested like the snake in the rope, does not exist in you who are pure, even though it is present to the senses. Therefore get merged back into what you really are.
samaduḥkhasukhaḥ pūrṇa āśānairāśyayoḥ samaḥ
samajīvitamṛtyuḥ sannevameva layaṁ vraja
Equal in pain and in pleasure, equal in hope and in despair, equal in life and in death, and perfect as you are, may you come to be dissolved