Steady Wisdom: Day 17

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 18

That which has form is impermanent and unreal. I am formless, permanent and real. Knowing this, I am freed from death and rebirth.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 1:18
Meditation

The definition of real is: permanent and unchanging.  For how could something be real if it is here one moment and gone the next?  How could something be real if it is one thing one moment and something else the next?  By that definition, the body and mind cannot be real.  They are mere forms, continuously changing transient objects that are known to me.  Being unreal, they cannot be me.  Being known to me, they cannot be me.  Only the body and mind are subject to death and rebirth.  Knowing that I cannot be the body and mind, I recognize that I always have and always will be free from death and rebirth.  OM.  

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Steady Wisdom: Day 16

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

Day 16

I have neither mother nor father nor children.  I was never born nor will I ever die.  The mind does not belong to me.  I am the absolute reality, always steady, never agitated.  I am immortal consciousness, ever the same like space. 
-Avadhuta Gita 3:22
Meditation

The illusory body has a mother and a father—this is true.  But to say that I, immortal consciousness, have a mother and father?  That is false. I am existence itself, absolute reality, and whatever truly exists always has and always will exist.  So I cannot come into being—I have always been.  Therefore I was never born. 

The illusory body begets children—this is also true.  But to say that I, immortal consciousness, beget children?  That is also false.  I am existence itself, absolute reality.  I am one without a second, for what could exist but existence itself?  There is none other than me so nothing can truly arise or descend from me.  And that includes the mind; like the body it is merely illusion.  As such I am never subject to its wavering or agitation.  Like space, I remain steady and ever the same. OM.     

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Steady Wisdom: Day 10

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 10

I need no support but I am the support of all; I have no desires to be fulfilled; I am the immortal, changeless self.
– Brahma Jnanavali V.15
Meditation

The universe depends on me but I do not depend on it. For how can anything exist without me, existence itself? Therefore, I do not have to rely on the body, mind or world for security. Because they are ever-changing and unreal objects, they have nothing to offer me, the immortal, changeless self. So I watch the objects come and go, all the while remaining satisfied in myself. OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 7

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 7

The knower, with all objects negated is ever the same like space, one without a second, ever liberated and ever pure—I am the brahman alone.
– Upadesha Sahasri 12:11 (Metrical)
Meditation

When the reality of the body, mind and world is negated, I alone remain—I am one without a second. Since unreal objects cannot taint me or create a real difference in me, I am ever the same and pure like space. Like space I am never bound by the objects that appear in me. I am brahman alone. OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 6

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 6

In me alone everything is born, in me does everything rest and in me is everything dissolved. I am that brahman—there is none other than me.
– Kaivalya Upanisad V. 19
Meditation

I am brahman, non-dual existence. Everything arises from my being and unto my being it returns. But because there is only me, this arising and returning is merely illusion. For how can I arise from myself? How can I return to myself? When a pot arises from clay, it is nothing but clay. When it returns to clay, it is nothing but clay. There is ever only clay and the pot is only an appearance. Like clay, I remain one and unchanged, regardless of the forms that seem to appear and disappear in me. Therefore, I do not depend on the body, mind or external circumstances to be the limitless reality that I am.

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