02 October 2010

Chapter Five - The Destruction of Latent Impressions

O Rama, this enquiry into the Self of the nature or 'Who am I?' is the fire which burns up the seeds of the evil tree which is the mind.

Just as the wind does not affect the creepers in a picture, so also afflictions do not affect one whose understanding is fortified by firmness and (always) reflected in the mirror of enquiry.

The knowers of truth declare that enquiry into the truth of the Self is knowledge. What is to be known is contained in it like sweetness in milk.

To one who has realized the Self by enquiry Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are objects of compassion.

To one who is fond of enquiring (constantly), 'What is this vast universe?' and 'Who am I?' this world becomes quite unreal.

Just as in a mirage the idea of water does not occur to one who knows (that it is a mirage), even so latent impressions do not rise in one whose ignorance has been destroyed by realizing that everything is Brahman.

By the abandonment of latent impressions or by the control of breathing, mind ceases to be the mind. Practise whichever you like.

O pure soul, cherish the association of sages and the true scriptures; you will attain the state of Supreme Consciousness not in the course of months but days.

Latent impressions cease to be active when one associates with sages, discards all thoughts of samsara and remembers that the body has to die.

O Raghava, even ignorant persons convert, by the firmness of their conviction, poison into nectar and nectar into poison.

When this body is taken to be real it serves the purpose of a body, but when it is seen to be unreal it becomes like space (i.e. unsubstantial).

O Rama, while lying on a soft bed you wander about in all directions with a dream body; but now (in this waking state) where is that body?

Just as a respectable man avoids contact with an outcast woman carrying dog's flesh, so also one should discard the thought 'I-am-the-body', even if everything were to be lost.

When the aspirant (sadhu) thinks only of Brahman and remains calm and free from sorrows his egoity dies of itself.

If one realizes the unity of things everywhere, one always remains tranquil, inwardly cool and pure like space without the sense of 'I'.

If inwardly one is cool the whole world will be cool, but if inwardly one is hot (i.e. agitated) the whole world will be a burning mass.