Steady Wisdom: Day 90

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 90

I cannot be purified by the practice of yoga.  I cannot be purified by destroying the mind.  I cannot be purified by a teacher’s instructions.  I am reality itself and purity is my nature. 
-Avaduta Gita 1:48
Meditation

I can only purify myself if I am contaminated.  I can only be contaminated if something other than myself exists to contaminate me.  But I alone exist. 

The body and mind can be purified through yoga.  The mind can be purified (destroyed) through meditation.  Ignorance can be purified by the teacher’s instructions.  But once the ignorance of my true nature is gone, I see that I have always been pure and nothing can change that.  OM.  

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Steady Wisdom: Day 89

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 89

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
Meditation

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.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 87

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 87

I am neither bound nor free because bondage and freedom are illusory concepts. The universe, though appearing in me, only appears to exist because of ignorance.  Knowing I am the self, my belief in the illusion ceases. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 2:18
Meditation

I appear to be bound by the universe when I believe it is real.  But the universe cannot be real because it continuously changes in the waking state; it is periodically replaced by an ever-changing dream universe in the dream state; and it is completely absent in deep sleep. How real is that? 

Perhaps the universe is still there when I don’t see it in the state of dream or deep sleep?  Even if it is, that does not establish its reality.  For if it were real, it would continue to be evident in dream and deep sleep.  For that which truly exists is self-evident and does not need to be established any means of knowledge such as perception.  The self alone is self-evident and self-established.  I am that self and I alone exist. There is no bondage to escape from and no freedom to strive for.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 86

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 86

I am neither the doer nor the enjoyer.  There is no karma for me, past or present.  I have no body nor is the body mine.  There is only me so what could be mine or not-mine? 
-Avadhuta Gita 1:66
Meditation

The thoughts, “I’m doing this” and “I’m enjoying the results of my actions” are just that: thoughts.  Because those thoughts are transient, they can’t be real.  Because they’re known to me, they can’t be me.  Therefore, I am neither the doer nor the enjoyer.  For the same reasons, I am not the body. 

Because I am not the doer nor the body I perform no karma.  Because I perform no karma, I don’t reap the results of karma. 

But considering the fact that I am non-dual, it’s improper to say “I am not the thought of doership nor is the thought of doership mine” or “I have no body nor is the body mine” or “I have no karma nor is the karma mine” because I do not admit the existence of the doer, the enjoyer, the body or karma in myself, the one reality.  And that which does not exist can neither belong to me nor not belong to me.  OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 85

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 85

I am the self, the essence from which the universe arises and into which it dissolves, like waves and foam arising and dissolving into the sea. 
-Avadhuta Gita 2:34
Meditation

When waves arise from water and dissolve back into water, nothing is added or subtracted from the water—its nature as water remains completely unchanged.  And while the waves depend entirely on the water for their existence, the existence of water is completely independent of the existent of the waves.

Similarly, when the universe arises from me, pure being, and dissolves back into me, nothing is added or subtracted from me—my nature as pure being remains completely unchanged.  And while the universe depends entirely on me, pure existence, for its illusory existence, I am completely independent of the illusory existence of the universe. 

Therefore, let the universe come and go—I remain the same.  I do not depend on its illusory existence to be the limitless reality that I naturally am.  OM. 

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