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Ashtavakra Gita

by Aṣṭāvakra

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#1) YOU ARE NEITHER A DOER NOR AN EXPERIENCER OF RESULTS

  • The body-mind complex is an imagination of the mind just like the bodies seen in a dream. All the activities done by the body are categorised as virtuous or sinful by the mind based on its conditioning.
  • The virtuous acts or sinful acts are supposed to result in joy or sorrow. When once we realise that we are not the doers, we cannot also experience the results of the acts.
  • Thus, as the results of the actions cannot bind us, the Infinite Reality, we are always free and ever liberated.

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#2) LEAVE OFF BOTH LOVE AND HATE

  • Both love and hate are attributes of the mind. The mind never belongs to you. You are of the form of pure consciousness and you do not differentiate between objects.
  • When all objects look the same, you remain blissful and changeless as there cannot be different reactions. It is the mind which, because of its prior conditioning, hates some objects and loves some objects.

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#3) ACCEPT WHAT ALL COMES AND REJECT NOTHING

  • A liberated soul has neither attachment nor hatred towards worldly objects. He has no likes or dislikes.
  • He does not say “Do not bring this object to me. I dislike it thoroughly.” Nor does he say - “Please give me a little more of this object. I like it very much.”
  • He accepts whatever comes to him through fate and is not bothered if he does not get some object.
  • As he has no doership because of his disinterestedness, the merit or sin of the action does not affect him.

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#4) LET NOT THE MIND CLING TO SOME SUPPORT

A seeker of liberation always clings with his intellect to some support like a mantra (a sacred syllable), Pooja (ritualistic worship), dhyana (meditation) etc., as his desire for liberation still remains even if all other desires have been eliminated.

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