Only one was, is and will be

Published: 18th August 2013 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2013 12:28 PM   |  A+A-

Sage Ashtavakra speaks about that one awareness in this great ocean called existence. This awareness always was, it now exists and will continue to be in the future too. You and I are that awareness and hence there is neither bondage nor liberation. Having realised that you have done what you really need to do, walk happily on your way.

You, O Janaka are nothing but pure knowledge. Do not let the agitations of the mind, making positive affirmations and negative conclusions disturb the collection of thoughts in your consciousness.

Calm the mind and be comfortable in your own self which is nothing but a consolidated embodiment of bliss.

Drop even meditation, for what ultimately is meditation? It is bringing the mind to a particular state of consciousness which experiences the unity in everything as long as the meditation is happening. The moment it is over, then the duality continues as it was before, without any change. The only thing that needs to be done is, to know that you are the one self and always free. What else is there to worry or ponder about the self? When you know that your name is so and so, do you go on repeating or reminding yourself about it all the time?

Whether you see and study the various shastras and hear about them, this state of being in the self will not happen until the whole world of names and forms which is in your mind disappears. When this state of abidance in the self happens, you may go all out and enjoy the world, you may do work or remain in a state of samadhi, yet your mind will only like that which exists transcending all the goals of life such as the practice of righteousness, seeking wealth, seeking to fulfil desires and liberation.

Without knowing this truth as it is, many people become tired putting all efforts. By hearing this teaching of the knowledge of the self, you attain to blessedness and your mind is completely withdrawn from all its wanderings into the world of desire-driven achievements and it becomes still.

On a very humorous vein, Sage Ashtavakra says that for the person who has achieved such a state of nil transaction with the world, that he is tired even to open and close his eyes, he alone knows that pure joy and none else.

When the mind becomes free of the duality of action, where something needs to be done and something is not done, when there is an indifference to any form of activity, even liberation, that is the blissful state of being.

All these verses are not to explain the state of any lazy human being, but of a state of completeness where there is absolutely no need to even blink the eyes or move the little finger.


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