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Hastamalaka of Adi Shankara teaches the Knowledge of the Self



All the creatures in this world wish to experience only happiness.

But, worldly happiness born out of the contact between the senses and the objects has two defects:

1) it is always attended with unavoidable misery, and

2) it is not eternal.

Some rare virtuous people comprehend this fact and regard worldly happiness as misery itself.

So they develop dispassion and try to come out of the cycle of repeated birth and death which is caused by the ignorance of the Self.
Hastamalaka of Adi Shankara