Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking
I am not an object of the five senses nor do they belong to me. I am the ultimate reality so there is no reason to grieve.
-Avadhuta Gita 1:16
As the Kena Upanishad says, “I am the ear of the ear, the mind of the mind, the speech of speech, the breath of breath, the eye of the eye.” For how can there be hearing, thinking, speech, breath or sight without me, pure consciousness? As consciousness, I am not an object of the senses because the senses are objects known to me. And as the ultimate reality, pure existence, the senses depend on me and not the other way around (for how can the senses exist without me, existence itself?). Therefore, I am not afflicted by the suffering caused by the senses and I do not need the senses to be the limitless self I already am. There is no reason to grieve.