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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Steady Wisdom: Day 80

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 80

I am the limitless ocean of consciousness.  As the waves of the world arise and vanish, nothing is added to me or taken away. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 7:2
Meditation

Just as nothing can be added to infinity or subtracted from infinity, nothing can be added to me or subtracted from me.  In either the presence or absence of the illusory world, I am limitless consciousness.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 69

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 69

Just as objects made of clay are nothing but clay, the whole universe is nothing but me.  Thus proclaims Vedanta.
-Brahma Jnanavali V.19
Meditation

I am pure being, the “clay” to which the universe owes its existence.  Just as all objects made of clay are nothing but clay, the universe is nothing but me.  And just as clay remains clay despite the appearance of clay objects, I remain pure being despite the appearance of the universe.  OM. 

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What is moksha?

Q: What is moksha and how can this state be described? 

A:  From the perspective of Advaita Vedanta, moksha is the direct realization of the fact that 1) You and the universe/God are non-separate from one another and 2) You and the universe/God are fundamentally identical as brahman, the one true reality. To use a common Vedanta metaphor, this realization is like a wave first understanding that it is non-separate from the ocean and then realizing that it is fundamentally identical with the ocean as water.  Here, the wave represents you, the ocean is the universe/God and water is brahman.   

So moksha is realizing “I am brahman” (Brihadaranyaka Upanisad 1.4.10). Since brahman is “defined” for instance, as “that which has no sin, no decrepitude, no death, no sorrow, no hunger, no thirst…” (Chandogya Upanisad 8.7.1) then realizing that you are—and always have been—brahman means that YOU are free from birth, death and suffering. This is moksha i.e. freedom (moksha literally means “liberation” or “freedom” in Sanskrit) and it is synonymous with enlightenment (self-knowledge) in Advaita Vedanta.

Enlightenment in this sense refers solely to the direct realization that you are the ever-free brahman.  Since you are brahman and always have been brahman, this is just the recognition of an already existent fact, not the attainment of a particular state.  By extension, this also means enlightenment is not becoming brahman or merging into brahman.  Why? Because you can’t become or merge into the brahman you already are, similar to the way that water can’t become or merge into the water it already is.  You can only recognize that you already are brahman and that you’re already free.      

All my best – Vishnudeva

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Steady Wisdom: Day 61

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 61

I have no attributes or impurities; I am free of desire and action; I am the eternal, formless and changeless self; I am ever-free. 
-Atma Bodha V. 35
Meditation

I am not the transient, ever changing forms referred to as “this body” and “this mind.”  Therefore I am not defined by their attributes; I am untainted by their impurities; I am unmoved by their desires; I am untouched by their actions.  Just as sand is not moistened by the water of a mirage, I am unaffected by the mirage of the body and mind.  I am ever-free…not that I was ever bound.  OM. 

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