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 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: 12 Week Progress Check

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 84 

Arjuna said, “What is the description of the person with steady wisdom, whose mind abides in the self?”
Krishna said, “When, like a turtle that withdraws its limbs, this person is able to completely withdraw the sense organs from their objects, his knowledge is steady.”
-Bhagavad Gita 2:54 & 58
Meditation

When a person is able to withdraw their sense organs from objects, they are said to have steady wisdom.  There is no objection here.  But because I am not a person, nor do I admit the reality of the senses and their objects, how can I, the non-dual self, have steady wisdom?  As the one, unchanging reality, steadiness is my nature, not something I gain from a particular state of mind.  OM.      

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Steady Wisdom: Day 81

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 81

For me, the self, there is no state of freedom or bondage; no state of virtue or vice; no state of fullness or emptiness.  Dear mind, you are none other than me.  There is no reason to grieve.
-Avadhuta Gita 5:19
Meditation

Dear mind, you seek freedom because you believe you are bound.  But you are not.  You seek to get good karma and avoid bad karma because you believe you are the ego and the body.  But you are not.  You seek to determine if your nature is full or empty because you believe you can be defined by abstract dualistic concepts such as “fullness” and “emptiness.”  But you cannot. 

Dear mind, relax.  You are none other than me, the self.  There is no reason to grieve.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 78

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 78

I am always the same, beyond lineage and social status.  I am always the same, beyond cause and effect.  I am always the same, beyond division and unity.  Dear mind, you are none other than me.  There is no reason to grieve.
Avadhuta Gita 5:20
Meditation

Lineage and social status belong to the body.  But as consciousness, the witness of the body, I am beyond (unaffected by) lineage and social status because they are objects known to me.

I am not a cause because the so-called “effect” of the body-mind and world are unreal appearances that upon investigation are none other than myself.  Since I alone exist, I cannot be divided.  If I cannot be divided, then I have no parts.  If I have no parts, then I cannot be a unity (collection) of parts.  I am existence itself, one without a second.  OM.    

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