08 April 2010

Chapter Six

1.
The whole universe is a projection of the mind; therefore it is a mode of the mind.  The true nature of the mind is bliss, and when the mind is stilled, bliss absolute is revealed.

2.
Consciousness absolute, being unknowable by the mind, how can speech explain it?

3.
The Self is free from day and night, and therefore the conception of its pilgrimage in time and space is no true one.

4.
No sun illumines Atman; the fire and the moon cannot shine therein.  It is not equanimity, or even desirelessness; how then can action exist in it?

5.
Neither can it be said that It is to be known by the absence of action.  It is neither within or without.  It is naught but bliss absolute.

6.
How can it be said that It is the first or that It is the last, since It is neither element or compound, nor emptiness nor fullness?  Eternal, ever the same, the essence of all is Shiva.

7.
The statement that Atman is describable or indescribable cannot stand.  Neither is It the knower nor the known.  It cannot be imagined or defined.  How can we say that It has a mind, or any of the senses?

8.
Space, time, water, fire, earth, constituting the world, are a mere mirage.  In truth, the One, imperishable, ever blissful, alone exists.  There is neither cloud nor water in It.

9.
As there is no possibility of birth and death in It, so no conception of duty, nor dereliction of duty, can be applied to It.  That undifferentiated, eternal, all-pervasive Shiva alone is.

10.
The modifications of primordial matter and of individualized consciousness are in the realm of cause and effect.  When there is eternal all-pervasive Shiva alone, how can there be matter or spirit therein?

11.
There is in It no suffering, and no possibility of suffering, because It is free from all attributes.

12.
There is no duality in It.  How can there be age, or youth, or childhood in that One eternal principle?

13.
Atman is dependent on nothing, and is unlimited.  The law of cause and effect touches It not.  How can the buddhi, which operates only in duality, and which is perishable, discern It?

14.
It grasps not, nor is It grasped.  It is not born, nor does It bring forth.  We can only say that in It there is no destruction.

15.
In Atman there is neither manhood nor womanhood, because such conceptions cannot exist in eternity.

16.
There is no pleasure in It, and no faculty of enjoying pleasure, since It is free from such defects as attachment.  Equally free from doubts and suffering, one and eternal is Shiva; thus the conception of "I" and "mine" do not apply to It.

17.
Neither is there Brahman in It, nor the absence of Brahman.  Since It alone exists and is eternity, it must follow that It is free from pain, and also from freedom from pain.

18.
There is no gain, and there is no loss.  Infatuation and worldly wisdom have no place therein.  When the eternal consciousness alone exists, how can discrimination or wisdom, or any such thing be contained in It?

19.
In It there is no "thou" and no "I", therefore family and caste exist not therein.  It is neither true nor untrue.  Neither is It of this world, nor of the next.  How then can one pray to It?

20.
Illusory is the connection of the learner and the teacher.  Teaching and contemplation, when thus beheld, are not admissible.  "Verily, I am Shiva." This alone is the whole Truth.  How then can I pray to It, or worship It?

21.
The body itself is imagined in Atman, as is the whole universe.  Atman is free from all differentiations.  Then since I am Shiva, there can be no idea of prayer or worship.

22.
Consciousness absolute has no body.  It cannot be said that It is without a body or attributes.  All that can be said is that It is bliss absolute, and that bliss am I.  This is the height of worship, and this is the culmination of all prayer.

23.
The Avadhut, who has realized this mystery of all mysteries, and has risen to the state of unceasing and perfect bliss, moves about in the crowds unconcerned, radiating bliss and higher knowledge.

24.
He is clothed in a habit of old and worn.  He walks in a path that is free from religious merit or sin.  He lives in the temple of absolute emptiness.  His soul is naked, and free from all taints and modifications of maya.

25.
The Avadhut has no ideal, neither strives he after the attainment of an ideal.  Having lost his identity in Atman, free from the limitations of maya, free also from the perfections of Yoga, thus walks the Avadhut.  He argues with no one, he is not concerned with any object or person.

26.
Free from the snares of expectations and hopes, he has cast off the worn-out garments of purity, righteousness, and all ideals.  His path is free from any such consideration.  It can only be said about him that he is purity absolute, and is far, far above the clouds of maya and ignorance.

27.
He has no such thoughts as "I am not in the body," or "I am not the body." He has no aversion, attachment or infatuation towards any object or person.  Pure as space he walks, immersed in the immaculate bliss of his natural state.

28.
The Avadhut may be compared to immeasurable space.  He is eternity.  In him is neither purity nor impurity.  There is no variety nor unity in him; no bondage nor absence of bondage.

29.
Free from separation and union, free from enjoyment or absence of enjoyment, he moves calm and unhurried through the world.  Having given up all activity of the mind, he is in his normal state of indescribable bliss.

30.
Atman, with which the Avadhut has found natural unity, is limitless and inconceivable.  It is unknowable by the mind.  It is neither a part, nor is It divided.  It cannot be said, "So far is its province and no farther." Verily, it is hard to describe and hard to obtain.

31.
The Avadhut is not concerned with the things of the world, because the natural state of Self-realization renders all else insignificant.  Death and birth have no meaning; he meditates not, neither does he worship.

32.
All this world is a magic show, like a mirage in the desert.  Concentrated bliss, alone and secondless, is Shiva and that is the Avadhut.

33.
The wise man strives not for anything, not even for Dharma [law of unity and righteousness] or liberation.  He is free from all actions and movements, and also from desire and renunciation.

34.
What do they, the pundits, know of him?  Even the Vedas cannot speak of him perfectly.  That bliss absolute, ever indestructible, but a source of bliss to all, is the Avadhut.