02 October 2010

Chapter Eight - Worship of the Self

1.
If you separate yourself from the body and abide at ease in Consciousness you will become one (the sole Reality), everything else appearing (insignificant) like grass.

2.
After knowing that by which you know this (world) turn the mind inward and then you will see clearly (i.e. realize) the effulgence of the Self.

3.
O Raghava, that by which you recognise sound, taste, form and smell, know that as your Self, the Supreme Brahman, the Lord of lords.

4.
O Raghava, that in which beings vibrate, that which creates them, know that Self to be your real Self.

5.
After rejecting, through reasoning, all that can be known as 'non-truth' what remains as pure Consciousness - regard that as your real Self.

6.
Knowledge is not separate from you and that which is known is not separate from knowledge. Hence there is nothing other than the Self, nothing separate (from it).

7.
'All that Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Indra and others always do is done by me, the embodiment of Consciousness' - think in this manner.

8.
'I am the whole universe. I am the undecaying Supreme Self. There is neither past nor future apart from me' - reflect in this manner.

9.
'Everything is the One Brahman, pure Consciousness, the Self of all, indivisible and immutable' reflect in this manner.

10.
'There is neither I nor any other thing. Only Brahman exists always full of bliss everywhere.' - meditate on this calmly.

11.
The sense of perceiver and perceived is common to all embodied beings, but the Yogi worships the One Self.