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.          

Steady Wisdom: Day 95

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 95

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
Meditation

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. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 94

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 94

I am indeed in all beings, and all beings are in me. Knowing this, there is nothing to be renounced, accepted or destroyed. 
-Ashtavakra Sahmita 6:4
Meditation

I am brahman, the essence of everyone and everything.  There are no others but there is also no individual self.  There are no enemies and yet, there are no friends either.  There is no world but there is also no nothingness.  I am one alone, free of all dualistic opposites and I am perfect as I am.  Therefore, what is there to be renounced, accepted or destroyed?  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 93

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 93

For me there is no mental action, good or bad.  For me there is no physical action, good or bad.  For me there is no verbal action, good or bad.  I am immortal consciousness, beyond the senses.
-Avadhuta Gita 1:8
Meditation

I am immortal consciousness.  I am that which equally “reveals” all mental, physical and verbal actions, whether they be good or bad.  Just as the sun is never touched by the good or bad objects that it illuminates, I am never affected by the good or bad actions that I “illuminate.” OM.    

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