Essence of Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter IX

It is mind that holds on, it is mind that forms perception, it is mind that defines what is good and what is not, it is mind that creates feelings of happiness and grief, it is mind that desires and hates.

Mind always worked with such dualism, and it leads to subjective perception, leading further to bondage and pains. It is these desires of mind that are called ‘samsara’

Perceptions are formed by the mind, in the mind. Perceptions of happiness, grief etc formed in mind related to acquisitions and possessions of objects of desire, including knowledge, are truly transient. No objects, acts, or events external can have any significant influence on you unless you let it.

World of subjective perceptions formed by mind is the great illusion ‘Maya’, not the world, outside of you. What is outside of you does not truly affect you unless you let it.

True renunciation is renunciation of these desires and subjective perceptions. When you realize this, when your mind withdraws from these desires and subjective perceptions, you are beyond renunciation and you are liberated from the illusion.

After that, one can remain where one is, continue to do whatever one does, with no bindings of desire

People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion – Albert Einstein

One Response to “Essence of Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter IX”

  1. Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Says:

    *The body is the chariot and the self is its master, intellect is the charioteer and the mind is the reins, the senses are the horses and sense-objects are their paths. He who has no understanding and whose mind is unrestrained, has his senses unmanageable like the stray horse of a charioteer does not reach his destination (get self realization), but goes through the round of births and deaths; but he who has understanding and whose mind is restrained, has his senses under control, like the good obedient horse of a charioteer, reaches the destination, i.e.the state of self realization, whence he is not born again. The man, who has understanding as his charioteer (guide) and is able to rein his mind, reaches the end of the journey, which is the supreme abode of the all-pervading, Vishnu (Lord).
    *Excerpt from Sai Baba`s discourse on Brahma-gnyan

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