Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking
My nature is neither pure nor impure. My nature is neither existence nor non-existence. I neither have form nor am I formless. My nature is the absolute reality, beyond them all.
-Avadhuta Gita 3:45
To speak of one thing is to affirm the existence of its opposite. So to say that I am pure is to affirm the existence of impurity; to say that I am existence affirms the reality of non-existence; to say that I am formless is to affirm the existence of form.
But I am one alone, without a second, without an opposite. So while words can surely be used to point to my true nature, I can never be defined by words. I am that “from which speech, along with the mind, turn back, unable to reach it.” At best, I can be described as, “Not this, not this.” Knowing this, I abandon futile descriptions in the form of “the self is this” or “the self is that” and abide in myself alone. OM.