Steady Wisdom: Day 24

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 24

I am undifferentiated and formless like the sky.  I am the pure and stainless reality.  For me there is no division or non-division; no bondage, liberation or change.
– Avadhuta Gita 7:6
Meditation

Owing to a trick of the eyes and impurities in the air, the formless and colorless sky falsely appears to be blue and shaped like a dome.  Similarly, owing to ignorance of my true nature, the pure and stainless reality that is myself appears to be the body-mind.  But like the sky I have no divisions nor am I a collection of parts:  I am one alone.  Because there is nothing other than myself, there is nothing to bind me.  Because I am never bound, I cannot be liberated.  I am the undifferentiated, changeless self.  OM.   

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Steady Wisdom: Day 23

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 23

I am the one seer of all and I am free of what I see.  Not knowing this is bondage. 
– Ashtavakra Samhita 1:7
Meditation

The eyes see the world but they are free of what they see.  Seeing a yellow bird, they do not themselves become yellow.  The mind sees the eyes but it is ever-free of the eyes.  When they become blind, the mind does not become blind.  I, consciousness, see the mind but I am ever-free of the mind.  Even when the mind believes it is bound, I am not bound.  For how can I be bound if the thought of bondage is known to me?  

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Steady Wisdom: Day 20

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 20

I am immutable and indivisible.  For me there is no action or inaction, no bondage or liberation.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 20:12
Meditation

Action and inaction depend on the division between the doer and the action itself.  But I am indivisible–there is no action or inaction for me.  Bondage and liberation depend on a change from one state to the next.  But I immutable–there is no bondage or liberation for me.  I am the non-dual, action-less and changeless self. OM.    

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Steady Wisdom: Day 19

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 19

I am ever-pure.  For me there is no body, mind or senses; there is no world but there is no nothingness.  I have no reason to despair. 
– Ashtavakra Samhita 20:1
Meditation

There is no world insofar as it is an illusion.  But does that mean there is only nothingness?  No, because the body, mind and senses are a plain fact of my everyday experience—their existence, although illusory, cannot be denied.  I am their very essence, existence itself.  The body, mind and senses are merely waves in the limitless ocean of myself.  Just as water is untainted by waves, I am untainted by the body, mind and senses:  I am ever-pure.  Because I cannot be touched by the body, mind and senses, there is no reason to despair. OM.   

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Steady Wisdom: Day 18

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 18

Ever free from name, form and action, I am the self, the supreme brahman, one without a second.
-Upadesha Sahasri 11:7 (Metrical)

Meditation

 I am the self, the supreme brahman, one without a second.  Since I alone exist, how could I be anything other than myself?  The body-mind is merely a fleeting form described by an arbitrary name.  But I am the ever-present nameless reality that underlies all names and forms, myself defying all description–I cannot be the body-mind.  Because I am not the body-mind, I perform no actions and reap no results.  I have no karma.  I am the ever-free self. OM. 

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