Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking
I am the self, the essence from which the universe arises and into which it dissolves, like waves and foam arising and dissolving into the sea.
-Avadhuta Gita 2:34
When waves arise from water and dissolve back into water, nothing is added or subtracted from the water—its nature as water remains completely unchanged. And while the waves depend entirely on the water for their existence, the existence of water is completely independent of the existent of the waves.
Similarly, when the universe arises from me, pure being, and dissolves back into me, nothing is added or subtracted from me—my nature as pure being remains completely unchanged. And while the universe depends entirely on me, pure existence, for its illusory existence, I am completely independent of the illusory existence of the universe.
Therefore, let the universe come and go—I remain the same. I do not depend on its illusory existence to be the limitless reality that I naturally am. OM.