Steady Wisdom: Day 50

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 50

Untouched by suffering, beyond all illusory appearances and free from doubt and indecision, I am all-pervasive; I am not the body which is unreal.
-Aparokshanubhuti V.26
Meditation

Seeing as the body and mind disappear in deep sleep and continuously change during waking and dreaming, how can they be anything but unreal appearances of myself, all-pervasive pure being?  As such, I am free from the doubt and indecision of the mind; I am untouched by the suffering of both the mind and body.  OM.   

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Steady Wisdom: 7 Week Progress Check

Steady Wisdom:  108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 49

One who has the firm conviction, “this is done by the body and not by me, the pure self” does not act, even while acting.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 18:25
Meditation

I, the pure self, do not act, even when the body acts.  I, the pure self, do not think, even when the mind thinks.  Therefore, I, the pure self, do not do nididhyasana, even when the body-mind does nididhyasana.  This is my firm conviction. 

After 7 weeks of nididhyasana, I remind myself that the primary goal of Vedanta is to help me see that I am the pure self, not the body, the mind or any combination of the two.  When I directly realize this for myself, I can patiently and objectively correct the behavior of my body-mind, all the while understanding that I am never defined or affected by the state or activity of the body-mind.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 47

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 47

I am immutable, formless and unperturbed consciousness.  I am unaffected by the appearance of the body and mind. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 1:17
Meditation

What reveals the forms of the body and mind?  Me, pure consciousness. Does consciousness assume the forms that it illuminates?  No, therefore I am formless.  Is consciousness perturbed by the forms it illuminates?  No, therefore I am unaffected by the appearance of the body and mind. OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 45

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 45

I have no parts.  I am actionless.  I am the self of all.  By nature I am eternal and self-evident.  I am the immortal, changeless self.
-Brahma Jnanavali V.12
Meditation

I am one alone, free of all divisions, despite the appearance of the body, mind and world, the same way that water is one alone, free of all divisions, despite the appearance of ripples, waves and foam.  Like an actionless movie screen onto which a film is projected, I am the actionless “background” of pure existence onto which the false universe is projected. OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 44

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 44

My nature is pure consciousness.  The body, heaven and hell, bondage and freedom are merely imagined through ignorance. They do not affect me. There is nothing to fear. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 2:20
Meditation

Knowing that I am the self, I need not seek heaven nor fear hell.  I need not seek freedom nor fear bondage.  They are all illusory appearances of me, pure consciousness, similar to the way a dream is an illusory appearance of the mind of a dreamer.  Just as a dreamer is not affected by its dreams, I am not affected by the illusory appearance of heaven, hell, freedom and bondage.  OM. 

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