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 82

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 82

The body comes and goes. Since I am the self that neither comes nor goes, there is no reason to mourn. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 15:9
Meditation

The fact that I can say, “The body comes, goes and changes” proves that I, the witness of the body, do not come, go or change.  I must exist prior to the thought, “Here is the body” because if I came into existence along with the thought of the body I would be unaware of the thought’s previous non-existence owing to the fact that I too would have been previously non-existent (and therefore not present to recognize the arising of the thought of the body).  By the same logic, I must exist after any particular thought of the body otherwise I would disappear along with the thought (and therefore not be present to recognize the disappearance of that particular thought of the body). 

Nor do I change when the body changes, such as when the body changes from childhood to adulthood.  Because if I were identical with the changing body, then when the childhood body changed into the adult body (and thus no longer existed) I too would no longer exist.  And a non-existence entity would not be present and able to say, “Now here is my adult body.”

So unlike the body, I do not come, go or change.  I am ever-present and immutable.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 80

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 80

I am the limitless ocean of consciousness.  As the waves of the world arise and vanish, nothing is added to me or taken away. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 7:2
Meditation

Just as nothing can be added to infinity or subtracted from infinity, nothing can be added to me or subtracted from me.  In either the presence or absence of the illusory world, I am limitless consciousness.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Week 11 Progress Check

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days Of Changing My Thinking

DAY 77

One who knows is neither happy nor miserable, neither attached nor unattached, neither liberated nor an aspirant for liberation.  They are neither this nor that.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 18:96
Meditation

I am one alone, without a second.  I am beyond all pairs of opposites such as happy and miserable etc. because they do not truly exist.  If my mind is unshakably established in this knowledge, it is said to have steady wisdom.  But ironically, this knowledge shows that I myself am beyond wisdom, steady or otherwise—I am neither this nor that.  OM.   

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Steady Wisdom: Day 76

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 76

I am the limitless ocean of consciousness.  Although the appearance of the world arises in me, I remain formless and fully at peace.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 7:3
Meditation

Like water remaining inherently formless despite assuming various forms like waves, clouds or mist, I, consciousness, remain inherently formless despite assuming various forms such as the body, mind and world.  Untouched by these forms, I remain fully at peace.  OM. 

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