Attaining Yoga or Union:

Attaining Yoga or Union:
Yoga or "Union" is attained by first training, balancing, and purifying each of the aspects of our being individually, and then systematically receding attention inward through those levels, expanding so as to experience the state of Union, Yoga, Samadhi, or Turiya.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

How is One to Reach Knowledge, Liberation, and Dispassion

Excerpted from Ashtavakra Gita


How is one to acquire knowledge? How is one to attain liberation? And
how is one to reach dispassion? Tell me this, sir. 1.1


If you are seeking liberation, my son, avoid the objects of the
senses like poison and cultivate tolerance, sincerity, compassion,
contentment, and truthfulness as the antidote. 1.2

You do not consist of any of the elements -- earth, water, fire, air,
or even ether. To be liberated, know yourself as consisting of
consciousness, the witness of these. 1.3

If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as
distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful
and free from bonds. 1.4

You do not belong to the brahmin or any other caste, you are not at
any stage, nor are you anything that the eye can see. You are
unattached and formless, the witness of everything -- so be happy. 1.5

Righteousness and unrighteousness, pleasure and pain are purely of
the mind and are no concern of yours. You are neither the doer nor
the reaper of the consequences, so you are always free. 1.6

You are the one witness of everything and are always completely free.
The cause of your bondage is that you see the witness as something
other than this. 1.7

Since you have been bitten by the black snake, the opinion about
yourself that "I am the doer," drink the antidote of faith in the
fact that "I am not the doer," and be happy. 1.8

Burn down the forest of ignorance with the fire of the understanding
that "I am the one pure awareness," and be happy and free from
distress. 1.9

That in which all this appears is imagined like the snake in a rope;
that joy, supreme joy, and awareness is what you are, so be happy.

If one thinks of oneself as free, one is free, and if one thinks of
oneself as bound, one is bound. Here this saying is true, "Thinking
makes it so." 1.11

Your real nature is as the one perfect, free, and actionless
consciousness, the all-pervading witness -- unattached to anything,
desireless and at peace. It is from illusion that you seem to be
involved in samsara. 1.12

Meditate on yourself as motionless awareness, free from any dualism,
giving up the mistaken idea that you are just a derivative
consciousness or anything external or internal. 1.13

You have long been trapped in the snare of identification with the
body. Sever it with the knife of knowledge that "I am awareness," and
be happy, my son. 1.14

You are really unbound and actionless, self-illuminating and spotless
already. The cause of your bondage is that you are still resorting to
stilling the mind. 1.15

All of this is really filled by you and strung out in you, for what
you consist of is pure awareness -- so don't be small-minded. 1.16

You are unconditioned and changeless, formless and immovable,
unfathomable awareness, unperturbable: so hold to nothing but
consciousness. 1.17

Recognise that the apparent is unreal, while the unmanifest is
abiding. Through this initiation into truth you will escape falling
into unreality again. 1.18

Just as a mirror exists everywhere both within and apart from its
reflected images, so the Supreme Lord exists everywhere within and
apart from this body. 1.19

Just as one and the same all-pervading space exists within and
without a jar, so the eternal, everlasting God exists in the totality
of things. 1.20