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
Meditation

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
Meditation

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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Steady Wisdom: Day 19

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 19

I am ever-pure.  For me there is no body, mind or senses; there is no world but there is no nothingness.  I have no reason to despair. 
– Ashtavakra Samhita 20:1
Meditation

There is no world insofar as it is an illusion.  But does that mean there is only nothingness?  No, because the body, mind and senses are a plain fact of my everyday experience—their existence, although illusory, cannot be denied.  I am their very essence, existence itself.  The body, mind and senses are merely waves in the limitless ocean of myself.  Just as water is untainted by waves, I am untainted by the body, mind and senses:  I am ever-pure.  Because I cannot be touched by the body, mind and senses, there is no reason to despair. OM.   

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Steady Wisdom: Day 15

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

Day 15

I am not the body, which is a combination of material elements, nor am I a collection of the senses.  I am the self, different from both of these.
Aparokshanubhuti V.13
Meditation

I am the self, as different from the body and senses as light from darkness.  How so? The body is insentient matter—but I am consciousness itself.  The senses know objects—but the senses themselves are objects to me, the conscious subject.  The body and senses come, go and change—but I, the witness of the body and senses, remain unchanged.  When gold assumes the form of a ring, its nature as gold remains unaffected.  Similarly, when I assume the form of the body and senses my nature as consciousness-existence remains unaffected.  I am the limitless self. OM. 

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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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