Ashtavakra Gita - 13 Happiness
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Janaka said: 13.1 The tranquil state of knowing Self alone is rare— even among those who own but a loincloth. I therefore neither renounce nor accept and am happy.
13.2 The body is strained by practices. The tongue tires of scripture. The mind numbs with meditation. Detached from all this, I live as I am.
13.3 Realizing that nothing is done, I do what comes and am happy.
13.4 Yogis who preach either effort or non-effort are still attached to the body. I neither dissociate nor associate with any of that and am happy.
13.5 I have nothing to gain or lose by standing, walking or sitting down. So whether I stand, walk or sit I am happy.
13.6 I do not lose by sleeping nor attain by effort. Not thinking in terms of loss or gain I am happy.
13.7 Pleasure and pain fluctuate and are inconsistent. Without good or bad I live happily.