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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’!! 🙂

About Art of Living, Yoga and Meditation.

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 International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

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.

Inauguration of the International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

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 .”

Gurudev at Navagraha Homa during inaugral celebrations at Art of Living Boone Ashram

The story of this stunning Centre sprawling across 381 acres is dotted with miracles.

Apartment Kutirs at Boone Ashram

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.

Gurudev’s Kutir at Boone Ashram

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!

Beautiful view of the International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

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 Dining Hall at Boone Ashram can serve up to 3000 people at one time.

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.

Gurudev doing Guru Puja during Guru Purnima 2012 celebrations at Boone Ashram

Gurudev with devotees at Boone Ashram

Here is the amazing video of Guru Purnima 2012 with Gurudev at Boone Ashram:
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Wishing you a Himalayan Experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Address: 639 Whispering Hills Road, Boone, North Carolina, United States
Web page: Boone AshramEmail: boone@us.artofliving.org

Movies to Watch, Others, Review.

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.”

Sudarshan Kriya can wake you from The Matrix

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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.”

Meditation and Sudarshan Kriya help you to transcend the mind

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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 😉

Ashtavakra Gita.

|| Om Shanti Om Shanti Om Shanti || 

Ashtavakra Geeta

The Ashtavakra Gita: “The most unique conversation that has ever taken place on this earth” as described by H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar
The Ashtavakra Gita documents the unveiling of the highest knowledge in the form of a dialogue between the sage Ashtavakra and the wise King Janaka many thousands of years ago. It is one of the most profound discourses that exists. H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shows how, step-by-step, King Janaka is taken to deeper levels of understanding and how we too can apply this knowledge to our own lives.

Ashtavakra Gita.

Janaka uvāca

katha jñānamavāpnoti katha muktirbhaviyati
vairāgya ca katha prāpta 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.

Aṣṭāvakra uvāca

mukti icchasi cettāta viayān viavattyaja
kamārjavadayātoasatya pīyūavad 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 deha pthak ktya citi viśrāmya tiṣṭhasi
adhunaiva sukhī śānto bandhamukto bhaviyasi

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 tva viprādiko varo nāśramī nākagocara
asago’si nirākāro viśvasākī 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 sukha dukha 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 draṣṭāra 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.

aha kartetyahamānamahākṛṣṇāhidaśita
nāha karteti viśvāsāmta 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’ha iti niścayavahninā
prajvālyājñānagahana vītaśoka 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 viśvamida bhāti kalpita rajjusarpavat
ānandaparamānanda sa bodhastva sukha 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
kivadantīha satyeya yā mati 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 sākī vibhu pūra eko muktaścidakriya
asago nispha śānto bhramātsasāravāniva

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.

astha bodhamadvaitamātmāna paribhāvaya
ābhāso’ha bhrama muktvā bhāva bāhyamathāntaram

Meditate on the Atman as motionless, Consciousness and non dual,  giving up the external and internal self modifications.

dehābhimānapāśena cira baddho’si putraka
bodho’ha jñānakhagena taniktya 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.

nisago nikriyo’si tva svaprakāśo nirajana
ayameva hi te bandha 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 vyāptamida viśva tvayi prota yathārthata
śuddhabuddhasvarūpastva mā gama kudracittatām

You pervade this Universe and this Universe exists in you. You are pure consciousness by nature. Do not be small-minded.

nirapeko nirvikāro nirbhara śītalāśaya
agādhabuddhirakubdho bhava cinmātravāsana

You are unconditioned, changeless, formless, of cool disposition, of unfathomable intelligence and unperturbed. Desire Consciousness alone.

sākāramanta viddhi nirākāra tu niścalam
etattattvopadeśena na punarbhavasabhava

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’nta paritastu sa
tathaivā’smin śarīre’nta parita parameśvara

Just as a mirror exists within and without the image reflected in it, so the Supreme Self exists within and outside this body.

eka sarvagata vyoma bahirantaryathā ghae
nitya nirantara brahma sarvabhūtagae 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.

Ashtavakra Gita.

Janaka uvāca

aho nirajana śānto bodho’ha prakte para
etāvantamaha kāla mohenaiva viabita

Janaka  said: Oh, I am spotless, tranquil, Pure Consciousness, and beyond Nature. All this time I have been deceived by illusion.

yathā prakāśayāmyeko dehamena tathā jagat
ato mama jagatsarvamathavā na ca kicana

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 viśva 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 bhinnāstara phenabudbudā
ātmano na tathā bhinna 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 pao yadvad vicārita
ātmatanmātrameveda tadvad viśva vicāritam

As a cloth, when analysed, is found to be just thread, so this Universe, when analysed, is nothing but the Self.

yathaivekurase klptā tena vyāptaiva śarkarā
tathā viśva mayi klpta mayā vyāpta 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 nija rūpa nātirikto’smyaha tata
yadā prakāśate viśva tadāha 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 vikalpita viśvamajñānānmayi bhāsate
rūpya śuktau phaī 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 vinirgata viśva mayyeva layameyati
mdi kubho jale vīci kanake kaaka 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 aha namo mahya vināśo yasya nāsti me
brahmādistabaparyanta jagannāśo’pi tiṣṭhata

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 aha namo mahya eko’ha dehavānapi
kvacinna gantā nāgantā vyāpya viśvamavasthita

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 aha namo mahya dako nāstīha matsama
asaspśya śarīrea yena viśva cira dhtam

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 aha namo mahya yasya me nāsti kicana
athavā yasya me sarva yad vāmanasagocaram

Wonderful am I! I bow down to myself! I who possess nothing at all, or possess everything that is thought or spoken of.

jñāna jñeya tathā jñātā tritaya nāsti vāstavam
ajñānād bhāti yatreda so’hamasmi nirajana

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 dukha nānyattasyā’sti bheajam
dśyametan mṛṣā sarva eko’ha cidrasomala

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 upādhi kalpito mayā
eva vimśato nitya 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 moko vā bhrānti śānto nirāśrayā
aho mayi sthita viśva 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.

saśarīramida viśva na kiciditi 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?

śarīra svarganarakau bandhamokau bhaya tathā
kalpanāmātramevaitat ki me kārya cidātmana

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 dvaita paśyato mama
arayamiva savtta kva rati karavāyaham

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?

nāha deho na me deho jīvo nāhamaha hi cit
ayameva hi me bandha āsīdyā jīvite sp

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
mayyanatamahābhodhau cittavāte samudyate

Oh, in me, the limitless ocean, on the rising of the wind of the mind, diverse waves  of worlds are produced forthwith.

mayyanatamahābhodhau cittavāte praśāmyati
abhāgyājjīvavaijo jagatpoto vinaśvara

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.

mayyanantamahābhodhāvāścarya jīvavīcaya
udyanti ghnanti khelanti praviśanti svabhāvata

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.

Ashtavakra Gita.

Aṣṭāvakra uvāca

avināśinamātmāna eka vijñāya tattvata
tavātmajñānasya dhīrasya kathamarthārjane rati

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?

ātmājñānādaho prītirviayabhramagocare
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.

viśva sphurati yatreda taragā iva sāgare
so’hamasmīti vijñāya ki 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
upasthe’tyantasasakto mālinyamadhigacchati

After hearing oneself to be Pure Consciousness and supremely beautiful, how can one go on lusting after sensual  objects and thus become impure?

sarvabhūteu cātmāna sarvabhūtāni cātmani
munerjānata āścarya 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.

āsthita paramādvaita mokārthe’pi vyavasthita
āścarya kāmavaśago vikala keliśikayā

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.

udbhūta jñānadurmitramavadhāryātidurbala
āścarya kāmamākāket kālamantamanuśrita

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 nityānityavivekina
āścarya mokakāmasya mokād eva vibhīikā

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 pīyamāno’pi sarvadā
ātmāna kevala paśyan na tuyati na kupyati

Feted and feasted or tormented, the wise person is always aware of the Absolute Self and is thus neither pleased nor displeased.

ceṣṭamāna śarīra sva paśyatyanyaśarīravat
sastave cāpi nindāyā katha kubhyet mahāśaya

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?

māyāmātramida viśva paśyan vigatakautuka
api sannihite mtyau katha trasyati dhīradhī

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?

nispha mānasa yasya nairāśye’pi mahātmana
tasyātmajñānatptasya 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 dśyametanna kicana
ida grāhyamida tyājya sa ki paśyati dhīradhī

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?

atastyaktakaāyasya nirdvandvasya nirāśia
yadcchayāgato bhogo na dukhāya 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.

Ashtavakra Gita.

aṣṭāvakra uvāca

na te sago’sti kenāpi ki śuddhastyaktumicchasi
saghātavilaya kurvannevameva laya 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 viśva vāridheriva budbuda
iti jñātvaikamātmāna evameva laya 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.

pratyakamapyavastutvād viśva nāstyamale tvayi
rajjusarpa iva vyakta evameva laya 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.

samadukhasukha pūra āśānairāśyayo sama
samajīvitamtyu sannevameva laya 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

Ashtavakra Gita.

janaka uvāca

hantātmajñānasya dhīrasya khelato bhogalīlayā
na hi sasāravāhīkairmūhai saha samānatā

Janaka: Oh, the wise man, the knower of the Self, who plays the game of life bears no resemblance whatever to deluded beasts of burden of the world.

yat pada prepsavo dīnā śakrādyā sarvadevatā
aho tatra sthito yogī na haramupagacchati

Truly the yogi does not feel elated even at being established in that state which Indra and all other Gods hanker after and thus become unhappy

tajjñasya puyapāpābhyā sparśo hyantarna jāyate
na hyākāśasya dhūmena dśyamānāpi sagati

Surely the heart of the one who has known the Self is untouched by virtue and vice, just as the sky is not touched by smoke, even though it appears to be.

ātmaiveda jagatsarva jñāta yena mahātmanā
yadcchayā vartamāna ta nieddhu kameta ka

Who can prevent the great-souled person, who has known this Entire Universe to be the Self alone, from acting spontaneously?

ābrahmastabaparyante bhūtagrāme caturvidhe
vijñasyaiva hi sāmarthyamicchānicchāvivarjane

Of all four categories of beings, from Brahma down to a clump of grass, it is the wise one alone who is capable of renouncing craving and aversion.

ātmānamadvaya kaścijjānāti jagadīśvaram
yad vetti tatsa kurute na bhaya tasya kutracit

Rare is the man who knows the Self as One without a second  and as Lord of the Universe.  He does what he considers worth doing and is not afraid of anything.

Ashtavakra Gita.

janaka uvāca

ākāśavadananto’ha ghaavat prākta jagat
iti jñāna tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho laya

Janaka said: I am unbounded like space, and the phenomenal world is like a jar; this is knowledge. It has neither to be renounced, nor accepted nor destroyed.

mahodadhirivāha sa prapaco vīcisa’nnibha
iti jñāna tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho laya

I am like the ocean, and the multiplicity of objects is comparable to a wave;  this is Knowledge. It has neither to be renounced, nor accepted nor destroyed.

aha sa śuktisakāśo rūpyavad viśvakalpanā
iti jñāna tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho laya

I am like the mother of pearl, and the imagined world is like the silver; this is Knowledge. It has neither to be renounced, nor accepted nor destroyed.

aha vā sarvabhūteu sarvabhūtānyatho mayi
iti jñāna tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho laya

I am indeed in all beings, and all beings are in me. This is Knowledge. It has neither to be renounced, nor accepted nor destroyed