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Ashtavakra said:
1. My dearest, you may recite or listen to countless scriptures, but you will not be established within until you can forget everything.
2. You may, as a learned man, indulge in wealth, activity and meditation, but your mind will still long for that which is the cessation of desire, beyond all goals.
3. Everyone is in pain because of their own effort, but no one realises it. By just this very instruction, the lucky one attains tranquillity.
4. Happiness belongs to no one but that supremely lazy person for whom even opening and closing one’s eyes is a bother.
5. When the mind is freed from such pairs of opposites as ‘I have done this,’ and ‘I have not done that,’ it becomes indifferent to merit, wealth, sensuality and liberation.
6. One person is abstemious and is averse to the senses, another is greedy and attached to them, but he who is free from both taking and rejecting is neither abstemious nor greedy.
7. So long as desire, which is the state of lacking discrimination, remains, the sense of revulsion and attraction will remain; that is the root and branch of samsara.
8. Desire springs from usage, and aversion from abstension, but the wise person is free from the pairs of opposites like a child, and becomes established.
9. The passionate person wants to be rid of samsara so as to avoid pain, but the dispassionate person is without pain and feels no distress even in it.
10. One who is proud about even liberation or one’s own body, and feels them one’s own, is neither a seer or a mystic. Such a person is still just a sufferer.
11. If even Shiva, Vishnu or the lotus-born Brahma were your instructor, until you have forgotten everything you cannot be established within.