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Ashtavakra Quotes And Teachings

A collection of quotes and teachings of Sage Ashtavakra

If you detach yourself from the identification with the ego as an individual doer, and remain relaxed in and as Impersonal Consciousness, you will, this very moment, be happy, at peace and free from bondage.

I am immaculate and pure consciousness. With this conviction, like the fire that burns away the forest of ignorance, remain griefless and be happy.

This world of plurality is merely a superimposition on this infinite, blissful Self, like the snake on the rope. That eternal experience of being, Thou Art! Knowing thus, be happy.

He who insists to be free and liberated, is indeed liberated. He who insists to be in bondage is bound. This popular belief in the world is true indeed, as we think, so we are!

The Self is witness, all-pervading, infinite, the one – ever free, consciousness, without any activity, unattached, desireless, at peace. However, out of delusion, appears to be a miserable one.

Here lies your bondage in that you have installed another observer – instead you being the observer you have created another perceiver.

If only you would separate yourself from the image you have created and then be completely relaxed. Then this minute, here and now, you will be happy, at peace and liberated.

What is that binds you from which you frantically seek your liberation? The answer: Your bondage lies here in that you have created another observer.

If you seek liberation, then leave the objects, as if, they are poison and cultivate forgiveness, straight forwardness, compassion, contentment and the Truth that are like ambrosia.

If you do not identify with the body, you abide in the consciousness, right away, you are bliss, peace and liberated from all bondages.

You are really unbound and action-less, self-illuminating and spotless already. The cause of your bondage is that you are still resorting to stilling the mind.

You are unconditioned and changeless, formless and immovable, unfathomable awareness, imperturbable – such conscious is un-clinging.

You are not bound by anything. What does a pure person like you need to renounce? Putting the complex organism to rest, you can go to your rest.

For I have no bounds. I am Shiva. Nothing arises in me. In who nothing is single. Nothing is double. Nothing is. Nothing is not. What more is there to say?

I am boundless space. The world is a clay pot. This is the truth. There is nothing to accept. Nothing to reject. Nothing to dissolve.

Separating body from you, if you take rest in Consciousness, you stand liberated here and now.

For me, there is no being bound or getting freed. All illusion is unfounded, is at peace. The world exists only in me. But here, in me, there really is no world.

In what you see, just you shine forth, alone. What else but gold shines out in golden ornaments?

This body here shines by my light. It’s shown by me alone. But then, the same is true of everything in the entire universe. Thus, either everything is mine, or otherwise, nothing at all.

You are that being which is perfect: just the same in pain and joy, the same in hope and in despair, the same in living as in dying. Only thus, as perfect being may you come to be dissolved.