Steady Wisdom: Day 88

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 88

I am pure consciousness, not subject to modification.  In my true nature I have no relation with any object.  Established in my own self, I am unborn perfect infinity, extending to the front, the sides, below, above, everywhere. 
-Upadesha Sahasri 10:2 (Metrical)
Meditation

I am pure consciousness. I never become the objects that appear in me, nor am I affected by them.  I have no relation with any object because objects do not exist.  Or alternately, I have no relation with any object because all objects are in truth nothing but myself.  Relation can only occur between two different things—but I alone exist so this is not possible. 

I am unborn, perfect and infinite.  Until this fact is perfectly clear, I meditate on this knowledge until my mind becomes firmly established in it.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 87

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 87

I am neither bound nor free because bondage and freedom are illusory concepts. The universe, though appearing in me, only appears to exist because of ignorance.  Knowing I am the self, my belief in the illusion ceases. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 2:18
Meditation

I appear to be bound by the universe when I believe it is real.  But the universe cannot be real because it continuously changes in the waking state; it is periodically replaced by an ever-changing dream universe in the dream state; and it is completely absent in deep sleep. How real is that? 

Perhaps the universe is still there when I don’t see it in the state of dream or deep sleep?  Even if it is, that does not establish its reality.  For if it were real, it would continue to be evident in dream and deep sleep.  For that which truly exists is self-evident and does not need to be established any means of knowledge such as perception.  The self alone is self-evident and self-established.  I am that self and I alone exist. There is no bondage to escape from and no freedom to strive for.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 83

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 83

I have no attributes.  I am action-less, eternal, ever-free and indestructible.  I am not the body which is unreal. 
-Aparokshanubhuti V.27
Meditation

This much is obvious: The body possesses attributes such as tallness, shortness, thinness, fatness etc.; the body performs action; the body is subject to beginning and end, to creation (birth) and destruction (death). 

This much is also obvious:  Because the body is an ever-changing collection of attributes that has a beginning and end, it is unreal; I am reality itself so I cannot be the body; further, I am the knower of the unreal body so for this reason too, I cannot be the body.

My firm conviction is: Because I am not the body, I am not bound by it; I am not defined or limited by its attributes; I perform no action whatsoever; I have no beginning, no end and I cannot be changed.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 82

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 82

The body comes and goes. Since I am the self that neither comes nor goes, there is no reason to mourn. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 15:9
Meditation

The fact that I can say, “The body comes, goes and changes” proves that I, the witness of the body, do not come, go or change.  I must exist prior to the thought, “Here is the body” because if I came into existence along with the thought of the body I would be unaware of the thought’s previous non-existence owing to the fact that I too would have been previously non-existent (and therefore not present to recognize the arising of the thought of the body).  By the same logic, I must exist after any particular thought of the body otherwise I would disappear along with the thought (and therefore not be present to recognize the disappearance of that particular thought of the body). 

Nor do I change when the body changes, such as when the body changes from childhood to adulthood.  Because if I were identical with the changing body, then when the childhood body changed into the adult body (and thus no longer existed) I too would no longer exist.  And a non-existence entity would not be present and able to say, “Now here is my adult body.”

So unlike the body, I do not come, go or change.  I am ever-present and immutable.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 81

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 81

For me, the self, there is no state of freedom or bondage; no state of virtue or vice; no state of fullness or emptiness.  Dear mind, you are none other than me.  There is no reason to grieve.
-Avadhuta Gita 5:19
Meditation

Dear mind, you seek freedom because you believe you are bound.  But you are not.  You seek to get good karma and avoid bad karma because you believe you are the ego and the body.  But you are not.  You seek to determine if your nature is full or empty because you believe you can be defined by abstract dualistic concepts such as “fullness” and “emptiness.”  But you cannot. 

Dear mind, relax.  You are none other than me, the self.  There is no reason to grieve.  OM. 

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