Steady Wisdom: Day 64

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 64

The mind’s discriminating cognition, “I am the knower alone, never an object of knowledge, pure, eternally liberated” belongs to the intellect.  It is a transitory object known to me. 
-Upadesha Sahasri 12:14 (Metrical)
Meditation

Self-ignorance, in the form of a thought such as the firm conviction “I am the body-mind” is an object known to me.  Self-knowledge, in the form of a thought such as the firm conviction, “I am the self” is also an object known to me.  Since it is clear that both self-ignorance and self-knowledge are objects known to me, I realize that I wasn’t deluded in the first place.  Nor am I now an enlightened.  I am, and always have been, the eternally liberated self (not that I was ever bound).  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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Steady Wisdom: Day 36

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 36

I am not subject to change—there is nothing available to cause a change in me since I am one without a second.  Merit and demerit, liberation and bondage, do not apply to me, and I do not belong to any caste since I am bodiless.
-Upadesha Sahasri 10:6 Metrical
Meditation

I alone exist so there is nothing outside of myself that can affect a change in me.  Nor do I change internally because that which truly exists never changes.  For how can something be said to truly exist if it appears one moment and is gone the next like an object in a dream?  Or how can something be said to truly exist if it is one thing one moment and something else the next moment, like milk transforming into yogurt?  

Because there is nothing other than myself, merit and demerit are mere illusion—I cannot be affected by an illusion.  Because I do not change I cannot be bound one moment and then liberated the next—I always have been, and always will be, free.  Because I am always the unchanging self, I am never the ever-changing body.  Therefore, society can never define me by the state or status of the body.  OM.  

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Steady Wisdom: Day 34

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 34

Knowledge, the knower and what is known appear in me through ignorance alone.  I remain the untainted self. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 2:15
Meditation

First I thought, “I need knowledge of the self.”  Now I know, “I am the self.”  Realizing that I am the one true reality, where is knowledge, the knower and what is known?  I have always been the non-dual self, untainted by the appearance of duality and unaffected by self-ignorance. 

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