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 14

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 14

This is the absolute truth: I am neither gross nor subtle; I neither come nor go; I have no beginning, middle or end; there is no higher or lower in me. I am immortal consciousness, ever the same like space.
– Avadhuta Gita 3:6
Meditation

I am neither a physical object like the body nor a mental object like a thought. Unlike them, I neither come nor go, I neither begin nor end. Instead, I am ever-present as their immortal witness, consciousness itself. And yet, like space, there are no divisions in me: no higher and lower, real and unreal, subject and object, knower and known. In truth, I am non-dual reality and all appearance of difference in me is falsehood. As such, I take the various states of the body-mind in stride, recognizing them for the illusory objects they are.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 13

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 13

I am brahman, the all-pervading limitless reality. Just as space exists inside and outside of a jar but is not limited by it, I exist inside and outside all things but I am not limited by them.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 1:20
Meditation

I am the all-pervasive, limitless reality. The body, mind and world appear in me but do not divide or limit me in any way, similar to the way a jar appears in space but does not limit divide or limit space in any way. I am brahman—I remain unchanged by the presence or absence of objects.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 12

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 12

Virtue and vice, pleasure and pain, belong to the mind, not me, the all-pervading one. I am not the doer or enjoyer. I am ever free.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 1:6
Meditation

I am all-pervasive pure being—I exist everywhere at all times. How then could I be the mind which is limited to the body and subject to disappearance in deep sleep? That being so, I am free of the mind—I am unaffected by its various states such as virtue and vice, pleasure and pain. I am also untouched by the ego, the thought of “I” in the mind which claims the actions of the body-mind as its own. Because the ego is known to me, it cannot be me. Because the ego continuously vacillates between, “I did this” and “I am enjoying the results of my actions” it cannot be real. But I am real—the ever-present, unchanging, all-pervasive self. OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 11

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 11

I am not limited by the body, senses, or intellect. Good and bad karma do not affect me in the least. Old age and death, hunger and thirst, grief and delusion do not touch me. I am none other than pure consciousness, the ever-free.
– Sarva Vedanta Siddhanta Sara Sangraha V.841
Meditation

I am pure consciousness. The body, senses and intellect are known to me so they cannot be me—nor can they limit me. Good and bad karma, old age and death pertain to the body—they do no pertain to me, pure consciousness. Hunger and thirst belong to the senses—they do not belong to me, pure consciousness. Grief and delusion affect the intellect—they do not affect me, pure consciousness. I am untouched by them all. I am ever-free. OM.

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