Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking
My belief in duality has ceased. Of what value is a mind free from thought and desire? Of what use are the scriptures or self-knowledge?
-Ashtavakra Samhita 20:2
I have seen through the illusion of duality and what is illusory can have no real value. Further, value itself has no basis when nothing exists outside of myself for me to value.
Yes, a mind free of thought and desire was necessary for me to be able to properly approach the scriptures. And the scriptures were an invaluable sign that pointed to the truth of my nature. But now that they have helped me realize I am non-dual consciousness-existence, what purpose can they serve? Now that I’ve found the “object” of my inquiry (myself), I no longer need the “finger” (scriptures) that pointed to it. Nor do I need a mind free of thought and desire because the direct realization of my true nature has shown me that I am naturally free of both. OM.