Steady Wisdom: Day 100

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 100

I have realized my own self, which is bliss and peace.  Even though living in this world I am never bound in any way or under any circumstances.
-Dhyanasvarupam V.10

I am the self.  I am “bliss” because I am free from the limitations of the illusory body-mind.  I am “peace” because I am never disturbed by the state of the illusory body-mind.  Even when the illusory body-mind continues to live in the equally illusory world, I am never affected in any way or under any circumstances.  “Bliss” and “peace” are my very nature.  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

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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Steady Wisdom: Day 33

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 33

I am not an object of the five senses nor do they belong to me.  I am the ultimate reality so there is no reason to grieve.
-Avadhuta Gita 1:16

As the Kena Upanishad says, “I am the ear of the ear, the mind of the mind, the speech of speech, the breath of breath, the eye of the eye.”  For how can there be hearing, thinking, speech, breath or sight without me, pure consciousness?  As consciousness, I am not an object of the senses because the senses are objects known to me.  And as the ultimate reality, pure existence, the senses depend on me and not the other way around (for how can the senses exist without me, existence itself?).  Therefore, I am not afflicted by the suffering caused by the senses and I do not need the senses to be the limitless self I already am.  There is no reason to grieve. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 20

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 20

I am immutable and indivisible.  For me there is no action or inaction, no bondage or liberation.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 20:12

Action and inaction depend on the division between the doer and the action itself.  But I am indivisible–there is no action or inaction for me.  Bondage and liberation depend on a change from one state to the next.  But I immutable–there is no bondage or liberation for me.  I am the non-dual, action-less and changeless self. OM.    

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