Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking
I am ever-pure. For me there is no body, mind or senses; there is no world but there is no nothingness. I have no reason to despair.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 20:1
There is no world insofar as it is an illusion. But does that mean there is only nothingness? No, because the body, mind and senses are a plain fact of my everyday experience—their existence, although illusory, cannot be denied. I am their very essence, existence itself. The body, mind and senses are merely waves in the limitless ocean of myself. Just as water is untainted by waves, I am untainted by the body, mind and senses: I am ever-pure. Because I cannot be touched by the body, mind and senses, there is no reason to despair. OM.