Steady Wisdom: Day 26

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

Day 26

The succession of sufferings pertaining to the body, senses and intellect is other than myself and does not belong to me because it is unreal like a dream beheld by a dreamer. I am changeless.
-Upadesha Sahasri 10: 5 (Metrical)
Meditation

The body and mind are a succession of temporary forms that arise in me, pure being, like a series of images arising from the mind of a dreamer. Because the body and mind come and go, they cannot be real. Because I am changeless existence, ever-present as the essence of everything, I am real. Therefore I cannot be the body and mind. Since suffering pertains to the body and mind alone, I am free of all suffering.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 25

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 25

As waves are only water and copper pots only copper, the universe is me alone. 
– Aparokshanubhuti V.63
Meditation

As consciousness I cannot be any part of the universe that appears in me.  But as existence every part of the universe is myself.  Like waves to water and pots to copper, everything is me but I am no thing.  I am limitless.     

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Steady Wisdom: Day 24

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 24

I am undifferentiated and formless like the sky.  I am the pure and stainless reality.  For me there is no division or non-division; no bondage, liberation or change.
– Avadhuta Gita 7:6
Meditation

Owing to a trick of the eyes and impurities in the air, the formless and colorless sky falsely appears to be blue and shaped like a dome.  Similarly, owing to ignorance of my true nature, the pure and stainless reality that is myself appears to be the body-mind.  But like the sky I have no divisions nor am I a collection of parts:  I am one alone.  Because there is nothing other than myself, there is nothing to bind me.  Because I am never bound, I cannot be liberated.  I am the undifferentiated, changeless self.  OM.   

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Steady Wisdom: Day 23

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 23

I am the one seer of all and I am free of what I see.  Not knowing this is bondage. 
– Ashtavakra Samhita 1:7
Meditation

The eyes see the world but they are free of what they see.  Seeing a yellow bird, they do not themselves become yellow.  The mind sees the eyes but it is ever-free of the eyes.  When they become blind, the mind does not become blind.  I, consciousness, see the mind but I am ever-free of the mind.  Even when the mind believes it is bound, I am not bound.  For how can I be bound if the thought of bondage is known to me?  

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Steady Wisdom: Day 22

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 22

I am beyond all suffering; I am different from the three bodies; I am the witness of the three states.  I am the immortal, changeless self.
– Brahma Jnanavali V.16
Meditation

To whom does suffering belong?  The physical and mental bodies alone.  When do the physical and mental bodies appear?  In the waking and dreaming states alone.  Because I am the ever-present, unchanging conscious witness of the waking and dream states, I cannot be the physical or mental bodies that appear within them.  Therefore, I am free of all suffering. OM.            

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