Steady Wisdom: Day 108

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 108

There is no need to meditate or hold any thought in my mind.  I am the ever-free self.  How could meditation change that? 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 15:20
Meditation

The act of meditation cannot merge me with the self or transform me into the self because I already am the self.  Concentration of the mind (or lack thereof) can never change that. 

Doing nididhyasana, therefore, can only concentrate the mind on the truth of who I already am.  If this mental process succeeds, I am the ever-free self.  If this mental process fails, I am the ever-free self.  This is the true nididhyasana.  OM. 

But…

O great one, spend your time seeing yourself in all situations everywhere, recognizing yourself as the non-dual self and enjoying the ananada that is your very nature. 
-Vivekachudamani

All things considered equal, as long as the body is alive, the mind will dwell on one thing or another.  Why not let it dwell on its true nature as the self, which is ever-present and full, rather than the illusory objects of the world, which are transient and empty of inherent value?

Steady Wisdom: Day 107

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 107

I am brahman.
-Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10
Meditation

I am that brahman which revealed itself to the rishis.  I am that brahman described by their words in the Upanishads.  I am that brahman expounded on by the venerable acharyas of the Vedanta lineage.  I am that brahman revered by the great saints and mystics. 

Impelled by the rishis, informed by the instruction of the acharyas, and inspired by the devotion of the saints and mystics, I previously sought to find brahman.  How odd!  I am brahman and I was brahman all along. OM.    

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Steady Wisdom: Day 105

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 105 – Week 15 Progress Check

The steady-minded one who knows their nature [to be the self] understands that all that is seen has no real existence.  Why should they consider one thing acceptable and another unacceptable? 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 3:13
Meditation

I am the self.  All that is seen (the body-mind and world) is but an appearance that has no reality apart from me, reality itself, similar to the way that a clay pot is but an appearance that has no reality apart from clay.  Just as a clay pot is but a relative appearance that in truth is absolutely nothing other than clay, the body-mind and world is but an appearance that in truth is nothing other than me, the absolute itself. 

If the body-mind and world are unreal, then how can they really be acceptable or unacceptable?  Alternately, if the body-mind and world are none other than myself, how can I who transcends all duality be either acceptable or unacceptable? OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 104

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 104

There is no “is” or “is not.”  There is no duality or non-duality.  In truth, nothing arises from me.  What more is there to say?
– Ashtavakra Samhita 20:14
Meditation

Non-duality is a concept based on the belief that duality is a real thing that exists in opposition to myself.  But how can this be?  I am one alone and I do not change.  Therefore, nothing can arise from me.  Duality is not even possible in the first place, so what to speak of describing its effects as being either existent or non-existent?

When the duality which forms the basis for all words and descriptions is recognized to be the illusion that it is, how can I truly be described?  I simply am what I am.  What more is there to say?  

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Steady Wisdom: Day 103

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 103

There is nothing to grasp (understand or perceive) nor anyone to do the grasping.  I am not a cause or an effect.  I am not an object of thought nor am I beyond thought.  My nature is ever-free; there’s no maya for me.
-Avadhuta Gita 4:10
Meditation

I cannot be understood as a concept or perceived as an object.  How could this even be possible considering that the mind, the instrument of understanding and perception, is not real?

I am not a cause because the supposed effect—the body-mind and world—does not really exist. 

I cannot be said to be beyond thought, as that assumes that thought is an existent reality that needs to be transcended.  But I alone am the self-existent reality and there is no thought in me.  I am free because there is nothing to bind me—not even maya, not that there is any such thing. OM.   

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