ASTAVAKRA GITA part---9

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36. The stupid does not achieve liberation even through regular practice, but the fortunate one remains free and actionless simply by discrimination.
37. The stupid does not attain Godhead because he wants to be it, while the wise person enjoys the Supreme Godhead without even wanting it.
38. Even when living without any support and eager for achievement, the stupid are still nourishing Samsara, while the wise have cut at the very root of unhappiness.
39. The stupid does not find peace because he is wanting it, while the wise discriminates the truth and so is always peaceful-minded.
40. How can there be self-knowledge for one whose knowledge depends on what he sees? The wise do not see this and that, but see themselves as unending.
41. How can there be cessation of thought for the misguided who is striving for it? Yet it is there always naturally for the wise person delighted in oneself.
42. Some think that something exists, and others that nothing does. Rare is the person who does not think either, and is thereby free from distraction.
43. Those of weak intelligence think of themselves as pure nonduality, but because of their delusion they do not know this, and remain unfulfilled all their lives.
44. The mind of the person seeking liberation can find no resting place within, but the mind of the liberated person is always free from desire by the very fact of being without a resting place.
45. Seeing the tigers of the senses, the frightened refuge-seekers at once enter the cave in search of cessation of thought and one-pointedness.
46. Seeing the desireless lion, the elephants of the senses silently run away, or, if they cannot flee, stay to serve that king like flatterers.
47. The person who is free from doubts and whose mind is free from longing and repulsion does not bother about means of liberation. Whether seeing, hearing, feeling smelling or tasting, such a one lives at ease.
48. One whose mind is pure and undistracted from the simple hearing of the Truth sees neither something to do nor something to avoid nor a cause for indifference.
49. The straightforward person does whatever arrives to be done, good or bad, for such a one’s actions are like those of a child.
50. By inner freedom one attains happiness, by inner freedom one reaches the Supreme, by inner freedom one comes to absence of thought, by inner freedom to the Ultimate State.
51. When one sees oneself as neither the doer nor the reaper of the consequences, then all mind waves come to an end.
52. The spontaneous unassumed behaviour of the wise is noteworthy, but not the deliberate purposeful stillness of the fool.
53. The wise who are rid of imagination, unbound and with unfettered awareness may enjoy themselves in the midst of many goods, or alternatively go off to mountain caves.
54. There is no attachment in the heart of a wise person whether he sees or pays homage to a learned sage, a celestial being, a holy place, a mate, a king or a friend.
55. A mystic is not in the least put out even when humiliated by the ridicule of servants, sons, wives, grandchildren or other relatives.
56. Even when pleased one is not pleased , not suffering even when in pain. Only those alike can know the wonderful state of such a person.
57. It is the sense of responsibility which is Samsara. The wise who are of the form of emptiness, formless, unchanging and spotless see no such thing.
58. Even when doing nothing the fool is agitated by restlessness, while a skilful person remains undisturbed even when doing what there is to do.
59. Happy one stands, happy one sits, happy sleeps and happy one comes and goes. Happy one speaks and is silent, and happy one eats and yet fasts. This is the life of a person at peace.
60. One at home in one’s very nature feels no unhappiness in one’s daily life like worldly people, remains undisturbed like a great lake, now finds all sorrow gone.
61. Even abstention from action leads to action in a fool, while even the action of the wise person brings the fruits of inaction.
62. A fool often shows aversion towards belongings, but for one whose attachment to the body has dropped away, there is neither attachment nor aversion.
63. The mind of the fool is always caught in thinking or not thinking, but the wise person’s is of the nature of no-thought because that one spontaneously thinks what should be thought.
64. For the seer who behaves like a child, without desire in all actions, for such a pure one there is no attachment even in the work being done.
65. Blessed is one who knows oneself and is the same in all states, with a mind free from craving whether one is seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling or tasting.
66. There is no person subject to Samsara, sense of individuality, goal or means to the goal for the wise person who is always free from imagination, and unchanging as space.
67. Glorious is one who has abandoned all goals and is the incarnation of satisfaction; such a one’s nature and inner focus on the Unconditioned is quite spontaneous.
68. In brief, the great-souled person who has come to know the Truth is without desire for either pleasure or liberation, and is always and everywhere free from attachment.
69. What remains to be done by the person who is pure awareness and has abandoned everything that can be expressed in words from the highest heaven to the earth itself?