The hallmarks of an illumined man

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What are the hallmarks of an illumined man?

He knows bliss in the Atman and wants nothing else.
Cravings torment the heart, he renounces cravings.
Not shaken by adversity, not hankering after happiness
Free from fear, free from anger, free from the things of desire.
He is lucky and does not rejoice.
He is unlucky and does not weep.
The tortoise can draw in his legs:
the seer can draw in his senses.
I call him illumined.
The abstinent run away from what they desire
but they carry their desires with them.
When a man enters reality, he leaves his desires behind him.
The wandering winds of the senses cast mens minds adrift.
When a man can still the senses, I call him illumined.
The recollected mind is awake in the knowledge of the Atman.
The ignorant are awake in their sense life which they think is daylight.
To the seer it is darkness.

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The Inner Essence

Know this Atman, unborn, undying.
Never ceasing, never beginning.
Deathless, birthless, unchanging forever.
How can it die the death of the body?

Worn out garments are shed by the body.
Worn out bodies are shed by the Atma.
New bodies are donned like garments.

Not wounded by weapons nor burned by fire
Not dried by the wind not wetted by water.
Such is the Atman.

He who dwells within all living bodies
remains forever indestructible.
Therefore never mourn for anyone.

You must be free from the pairs of opposites.
Poise you mind in tranquility.
Be established in the consciousness of the Atman always.

You must not desire for the fruits of your work.
Perform every action with your heart fixed on the Supreme Lord.
Be even tempered in success and failure.
Unite the heart with Brahman, and then act.
That is the secret of non attachment.
- From The Bhagavad Gita

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