Steady Wisdom: Day 100

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 100

I have realized my own self, which is bliss and peace.  Even though living in this world I am never bound in any way or under any circumstances.
-Dhyanasvarupam V.10
Meditation

I am the self.  I am “bliss” because I am free from the limitations of the illusory body-mind.  I am “peace” because I am never disturbed by the state of the illusory body-mind.  Even when the illusory body-mind continues to live in the equally illusory world, I am never affected in any way or under any circumstances.  “Bliss” and “peace” are my very nature.  OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 99

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 99

I myself am that which is ever-calm, immutable, undivided, of the essence of limitless consciousness.  That alone is my true nature.
-Paramahamsa Upanishad V.2
Meditation

I am limitless consciousness.  Therefore, I am calm when the mind is not; I am unchanging when the body-mind changes; I am undivided even when experience appears to be divided into subject and object.  This alone is my true nature. OM.  

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Steady Wisdom: Week 14 Progress Check

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 98

The one with knowledge does not feel any desire for the dissolution of the universe nor any aversion to its existence. One who is fortunate in this way is content with whatever comes as a matter of course.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 17:7
Meditation

I do not want the world to be different than it is, even when the mind wants the world to be different than it is.  I am the self, untouched by the mind—I have no desire or aversion.  How fortunate for me to be this way! To me, the world is just fine as it is.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 97

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 96

I am ever-pure.  In me there is no knower, no means of knowledge and no object of knowledge.  
-Ashtavakra Samhita 20:8
Meditation

My non-dual nature is inviolable.  Divisions such as knower, known and knowledge can only appear in me through ignorance.  Realizing this, I need not seek myself as an object of knowledge because I am already myself.  I cannot be a knower because there is nothing outside of myself to be known.  I do not need to gain knowledge because I am the essence of all knowledge: consciousness-existence, one without a second.  OM.

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Self Inquiry For Tough Times

When life is going smoothly, it’s easy to do self-inquiry and say, “I’m not the body.”  But what about when the going gets tough?  Am I able to maintain my poise and distinguish between myself and the body when it really counts? 

It’s clear that at some point in time the body will die.  That’s as guaranteed as the sunrise and sunset so there’s not much point in being overly concerned about it.      

Besides, if I’m consistently dedicated to self-inquiry then it should also be clear that while the body will surely die, I will not.  I am the eternal, ever-present, unchanging self.  I was never born so I will never die. 

So instead of obsessing over the news, dwelling on political nonsense or indulging in fearful speculation, I bring my mind back to the knowledge that I am the self over and over again.  I remind myself that what will happen in the world will happen, regardless of whether I obsess over it or fear it.  But no matter what happens, I am always completely fine.  So while I’ll surely take the necessary precautions to protect my illusory body, I do it with with peace of mind, always remembering who I really am.  OM.