Steady Wisdom: Day 51

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 51

I am infinite and pure, free from attachment and desire.  I am at peace.  Objects are illusory and they do not limit me in any way. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 7:4
Meditation

Do the objects I experience limit me, pure consciousness, in any way?  No.  I am consciousness in the presence or absence of objects.  They come and go but I remain as the very light which reveals their coming and going. 

Do the objects I experience limit me, pure existence, in any way?  No.  I exist (and I am existence itself) before, during and after the appearance of an object.  Otherwise, how could I even say that an object appeared and subsequently disappeared?  Further, as existence itself, I am the intrinsic nature of all objects, just as gold is the intrinsic nature of all gold rings.  Just as the appearance of a ring does not limit the nature of gold, so the appearance of objects does not limit me. OM.  

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Steady Wisdom: 7 Week Progress Check

Steady Wisdom:  108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 49

One who has the firm conviction, “this is done by the body and not by me, the pure self” does not act, even while acting.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 18:25
Meditation

I, the pure self, do not act, even when the body acts.  I, the pure self, do not think, even when the mind thinks.  Therefore, I, the pure self, do not do nididhyasana, even when the body-mind does nididhyasana.  This is my firm conviction. 

After 7 weeks of nididhyasana, I remind myself that the primary goal of Vedanta is to help me see that I am the pure self, not the body, the mind or any combination of the two.  When I directly realize this for myself, I can patiently and objectively correct the behavior of my body-mind, all the while understanding that I am never defined or affected by the state or activity of the body-mind.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 47

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 47

I am immutable, formless and unperturbed consciousness.  I am unaffected by the appearance of the body and mind. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 1:17
Meditation

What reveals the forms of the body and mind?  Me, pure consciousness. Does consciousness assume the forms that it illuminates?  No, therefore I am formless.  Is consciousness perturbed by the forms it illuminates?  No, therefore I am unaffected by the appearance of the body and mind. OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 44

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 44

My nature is pure consciousness.  The body, heaven and hell, bondage and freedom are merely imagined through ignorance. They do not affect me. There is nothing to fear. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 2:20
Meditation

Knowing that I am the self, I need not seek heaven nor fear hell.  I need not seek freedom nor fear bondage.  They are all illusory appearances of me, pure consciousness, similar to the way a dream is an illusory appearance of the mind of a dreamer.  Just as a dreamer is not affected by its dreams, I am not affected by the illusory appearance of heaven, hell, freedom and bondage.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 41

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 41

I am free from the workings of the mind.  In truth there is no empirical world or absolute reality, no happiness or misery.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 20:10
Meditation

The mind always thinks of things in terms of opposites such as the relative vs. the absolute or happiness vs. misery.  But I am free from the workings of the mind so I am untouched by these distinctions.  I am the non-dual reality that makes dualistic thinking possible; and yet, I am unaffected by it. OM.

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