Steady Wisdom: 7 Week Progress Check

Steady Wisdom:  108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 49

One who has the firm conviction, “this is done by the body and not by me, the pure self” does not act, even while acting.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 18:25
Meditation

I, the pure self, do not act, even when the body acts.  I, the pure self, do not think, even when the mind thinks.  Therefore, I, the pure self, do not do nididhyasana, even when the body-mind does nididhyasana.  This is my firm conviction. 

After 7 weeks of nididhyasana, I remind myself that the primary goal of Vedanta is to help me see that I am the pure self, not the body, the mind or any combination of the two.  When I directly realize this for myself, I can patiently and objectively correct the behavior of my body-mind, all the while understanding that I am never defined or affected by the state or activity of the body-mind.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 45

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 45

I have no parts.  I am actionless.  I am the self of all.  By nature I am eternal and self-evident.  I am the immortal, changeless self.
-Brahma Jnanavali V.12
Meditation

I am one alone, free of all divisions, despite the appearance of the body, mind and world, the same way that water is one alone, free of all divisions, despite the appearance of ripples, waves and foam.  Like an actionless movie screen onto which a film is projected, I am the actionless “background” of pure existence onto which the false universe is projected. OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 40

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 40

I am unattached to objects, actionless, self-luminous and without any blemish. This is my true nature whether or not I practice meditation.  Thinking otherwise is bondage. 
-Ashtavakra Samita 1:15
Meditation

I am the pure, self-evident, actionless consciousness that is unattached to the mind, regardless of what it does or does not do.  This always has been true and always will be true.  I was only ensnared by bondage because I believed otherwise. OM.  

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Steady Wisdom: Day 23

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 23

I am the one seer of all and I am free of what I see.  Not knowing this is bondage. 
– Ashtavakra Samhita 1:7
Meditation

The eyes see the world but they are free of what they see.  Seeing a yellow bird, they do not themselves become yellow.  The mind sees the eyes but it is ever-free of the eyes.  When they become blind, the mind does not become blind.  I, consciousness, see the mind but I am ever-free of the mind.  Even when the mind believes it is bound, I am not bound.  For how can I be bound if the thought of bondage is known to me?  

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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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