Steady Wisdom: Day 101

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 101

I’m not the knower, the known or knowledge.  I’m beyond the speech, mind and intellect.  I’m immortal consciousness, ever the same like space. 
-Avadhuta Gita 3:17
Meditation

I am not known by the intellect (knower) as an object of knowledge.  I cannot be accurately described by speech, even with words such as “immortal consciousness.”  At best all I can say is that I am like space, that which accommodates all qualities and distinctions equally while itself being utterly free of all qualities and distinctions.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 99

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 99

I myself am that which is ever-calm, immutable, undivided, of the essence of limitless consciousness.  That alone is my true nature.
-Paramahamsa Upanishad V.2
Meditation

I am limitless consciousness.  Therefore, I am calm when the mind is not; I am unchanging when the body-mind changes; I am undivided even when experience appears to be divided into subject and object.  This alone is my true nature. OM.  

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Steady Wisdom: Week 14 Progress Check

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 98

The one with knowledge does not feel any desire for the dissolution of the universe nor any aversion to its existence. One who is fortunate in this way is content with whatever comes as a matter of course.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 17:7
Meditation

I do not want the world to be different than it is, even when the mind wants the world to be different than it is.  I am the self, untouched by the mind—I have no desire or aversion.  How fortunate for me to be this way! To me, the world is just fine as it is.  OM. 

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Self Inquiry For Tough Times

When life is going smoothly, it’s easy to do self-inquiry and say, “I’m not the body.”  But what about when the going gets tough?  Am I able to maintain my poise and distinguish between myself and the body when it really counts? 

It’s clear that at some point in time the body will die.  That’s as guaranteed as the sunrise and sunset so there’s not much point in being overly concerned about it.      

Besides, if I’m consistently dedicated to self-inquiry then it should also be clear that while the body will surely die, I will not.  I am the eternal, ever-present, unchanging self.  I was never born so I will never die. 

So instead of obsessing over the news, dwelling on political nonsense or indulging in fearful speculation, I bring my mind back to the knowledge that I am the self over and over again.  I remind myself that what will happen in the world will happen, regardless of whether I obsess over it or fear it.  But no matter what happens, I am always completely fine.  So while I’ll surely take the necessary precautions to protect my illusory body, I do it with with peace of mind, always remembering who I really am.  OM.          

Steady Wisdom: Day 95

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 95

My nature is neither pure nor impure.  My nature is neither existence nor non-existence.  I neither have form nor am I formless.  My nature is the absolute reality, beyond them all. 
-Avadhuta Gita 3:45
Meditation

To speak of one thing is to affirm the existence of its opposite.  So to say that I am pure is to affirm the existence of impurity; to say that I am existence affirms the reality of non-existence; to say that I am formless is to affirm the existence of form.

But I am one alone, without a second, without an opposite.  So while words can surely be used to point to my true nature, I can never be defined by words.  I am that “from which speech, along with the mind, turn back, unable to reach it.” At best, I can be described as, “Not this, not this.”  Knowing this, I abandon futile descriptions in the form of “the self is this” or “the self is that” and abide in myself alone.  OM. 

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