Ashtavakra Gita....Chapter 3

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Ashtavakra Gita...
Chapter 3

Ashtavakra said:
Knowing yourself as truly one and indestructible,
how could a wise man like you-
one possessing self-knowledge-
feel any pleasure in acquiring wealth?

Truly, when one does not know oneself,
one takes pleasure in the objects
of mistaken perception,
just as greed for its seeming silver arises
in one who does not know mother-of-pearl for what it is.

All this wells up like waves in the sea.
Recognising, I am That,
why run around like someone in need?

After hearing of oneself as pure consciousness
and the supremely beautiful,
is one to go on lusting after sordid sensual objects?

When the sage has realised
that one is oneself is in all beings,
and all beings are in oneself,
it is astonishing that the sense of individuality
should be able to continue.

It is astonishing
that a person who has reached the supreme non-dual state
and is intent on the benefits of liberation
should still be subject to lust
and be held back by the desire to copulate.

It is astonishing that one already very debilitated,
and knowing very well that sensual arousal is the enemy of knowledge
should still eagerly hanker after concupiscence,
even when approaching one's last days.

It is astonishing that one who is
unattached to the things of this world or the next,
who discriminates between the permanent and the impermanent,
and who longs for liberation,
should still feel fear for liberation.

Whether feted or tormented,
the wise person is always aware of the supreme self-nature
and is neither expectant
nor disappointed.

The great souled person
sees even one's own body in action
as if it were someone else's,
so how then be disturbed
by praise or blame?

Seeing this world as pure illusion,
and devoid of any interest in it,
how should the strong-minded person feel fear,
even at the approach of death?

Who is to be compared to the great-souled person
whose mind is free of desire,
free of expectation and disappointment,
and who has found satisfaction in self-knowledge?

How should a strong-minded person
who knows that whatever is seen
is by its very nature nothing,
how then consider one thing to be grasped
and another to be rejected?

For someone who has eliminated attachment,
and who is free from dualism
and from desire and from repulsion,
for such a one an object that comes of itself
is neither painful nor pleasurable.