Ashtavakra Gita - 12 Abiding in the Self
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
12: Abiding in the Self
12.1 Becoming first intolerant of action, then of excessive speech, then of thought itself, I come to be here.
12.2 Neither sounds nor other sense perceptions attract my attention. Even the Self is unperceived. The mind is free, undistracted, one-pointed. And here I am.
12.3 Effort is required to concentrate a distracted mind superimposed with illusion. Knowing this, I remain here.
12.4 Nothing to reject, nothing to accept. No joy, no sorrow. Lord God I am here.
12.5 The four stages of life, life without stages, meditation, renunciation, objects of mind— nothing but distractions. I am forever here.
12.6 Doing and not-doing both arise from ignorance. I know this. And I am here.
12.7 Thinking of the unthinkable One unavoidably conjures thought. I choose no-thought and remain here.
12.8 Blessed is he who attains this by effort. Blessed is he who is such by nature.
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