Ashtavakra & warnings 2
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Ashtavakra Gita selections
3.2 – Just as imagining "silver" [nacre], in a shell’s "mother-of-pearl" may cause desire for such "treasure, so does Ignorance of the Self lead to cause desire for objects of mistaken Perception.
3.3 – Having realized yourself as That in which the waves of the World rise & fall,
why do you run around like a suffering creature, anxious about mere things ?
3.7 – Strange that knowing lust as an enemy of knowledge, one who is weak & nearing death should still crave sensual pleasure.
3.8 – Strange is it that one who is unattached to the things of this World & the next, who can discriminate between the transient & the timeless, & who yearns for Liberation, should yet fear the dissolution of the Body & the loss of Individuality that comes with Release.
3.9 – In either praise of blame, the serene Sage abides in the Self. He is neither pleased nor angered by what others may think or say.
3.10 – A great soul sees even his own Body in action as if it were another’s. How can praise or blame disturb him ?
3.11 – Seeing this World as pure Illusion, having lost all interest in it, how can the strong-minded one feel fear, even at the approach of Death ?
3.13 – Why should a strong–minded person of, who sees the nothingness of objects, consider attachment to one thing & rejection of another ?
3.14 – He who is unattached, untouched by opposites [hot – cold, etc.], free of desire, experiences neither pleasure nor pain from events that come of themselves.
4.3 – He who knows That is untouched by good deeds or bad, just as the sky is not touched by smoke, even if it seems to be.
4.6 – Rare is he who knows himself as the One-without-a-Second — Lord of the Universe. He does what seems worthwhile & no fear occurs to him who knows this.
5.1 – You are not bound or touched by anything. What is there to renounce ? Letting go of the complex Mind — know the Peace of dissolution into Consciousness.
5.2 – The Universe arises from you like bubbles in the Sea. Know yourself as the One & enter the Peace of dissolution into Consciousness.
5.3 – Like an imagined Snake in a Rope, the Universe appears to exist in the stainless Self. But it does not truly exist. Seeing this you know: “There is nothing to dissolve.”
6.1 – I am like an infinite Space in which the phenomenal Universe is but one small jar. Know that there is no World to be either renounced, accepted. or negated.
6.2 – I am like a shoreless Ocean; the World is like a wave. Know this & there is no World to be either renounced, accepted. or negated.
6.3 – I am like an oyster shell’s nacre, "mother-of–pearl". The Universe is like the Illusion of "silver". Know this & there is no World to be either renounced, accepted. or negated.
6.4 – I am in all beings; all beings are in me. Know this & there is no World to be either renounced, accepted. or negated.
7.1 – In the shoreless Ocean of the Self, the Universe is like a ship wandering here & there, driven by the winds of its nature. This has no effect on me.
7.2 – Let the wave of the World, by of its own nature rise or fall in the shoreless Ocean of the Self. I am neither enhanced nor diminished.
Given again that the Asthavakra Gita is such a wealth of expedient, practical spiritual advice amidst transcendent proclamations, here’s a 2nd installment of warnings found in certain Sanskrit terminology encountered in spiritual texts. These are the "unreal" obstacles which are best addressed so long as they seem to be real. A sample list [with simple rather than complete scholarly explanations] of some of the "obstacles" includes:
Apurva – unseen effect of a past act
Bhava – supposition, opinion (some have positive meanings too)
Bheda – differentiation
Jiva – individual soul
Kara – change
Karma – Prarabdha past, Agami current / Sanchit all past
Loka – world
Mithya – unreal (not just "myth" Greeks used the cognate)
Papa – sin
Pasu – individual
Pasa – bondage
Varnam – caste
Vasana – re-incarnated or more recently acquired tendencies
Vikara – change in nature
Vivarta – superimposition
stula sarira – physical body – "food sheath" Anna – maya – kosa
sukshuma sarira – subtle body – Prana – maya – kosa – "energy sheath" ; Mano – maya – kosa – "mind sheath" ; Vijnana – maya – kosa – "intellect sheath"
karana sarira – causal body – Ananda – maya – kosa – "bliss sheath"
[The above themes & 1600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through www.jpstiga.com ]