The Avadhoota Gita-3

Chapter 1
1. Through the grace of God alone, the desire for non-duality arises in wise men to save them from great fear. Nonduality – monistic Consciousness, in which the knower, knowledge, and knowable – soul and God – become one; the highest realization of Divinity.

Fear – The word “fear” includes also such states of mind as insecurity, despair, and grief, all of which arise from a consciousness of oneself as limited and separate from others and which therefore can be dispelled only by realizing oneself as the All.

2. How shall I salute the formless Being, indivisible, auspicious and immutable, who fills all this with His Self and also fills the self with His Self?
Salute – No form of greeting or worship is possible where there is no consciousness of distinction.  The reality and substance of the so-called individual self is the Divine Self.

3. The universe composed of the five elements is like water etc. in a mirage. Oh, to whom shall I make obeisance – I who am one and taintless?

Five elements- earth, water, fire, air, and ether.

According to most philosophical systems of India, these combine to constitute the phenomenal universe and are derived from God associated with maya or ignorance.

The terms are not to be taken literally.

Taintless – untouched by the slightest ignorance and hence absolutely pure. The word is often applied to the Self and God.

4. All is verily the absolute Self.
Distinction and nondistinction do not exist.
How can I say, “It exists; it does not exist”?
I am filled with wonder!
It – the universe.

5. The essence and the whole of Vedanta is this Knowledge, this supreme Knowledge:

That I am by nature the formless, all-pervasive Self.

6. There is no doubt that I am that God who is the Self of all; Pure, indivisible, like the sky. Naturally stainless.

7. I indeed am immutable and infinite – of the form of pure Intelligence.

I do not know how or in relation to whom joy and sorrow exist.

8. I have no mental activity, good of bad;
I have no bodily function, good or bad;
I have no verbal action, good or bad.
I am the nectar of Knowledge –
beyond the senses, pure.

9. The mind indeed is of the form of space.
The mind indeed is omnifaced.
The mind is the past.
The mind is all.
But in reality there is no mind.
All – the phenomenal universe – including all time and space – cosmos.
In reality – In the highest realization of the Spirit there is no mind.

10. I, the One only, am all this, beyond space and continuous.
How can I see the Self as visible or hidden?
Continuous – without the intervention of another substance;
Therefore homogeneous and undifferentiated.
Hidden – The question of the Self as being hidden or visible does not arise when one oneself is that Self.

11. Thus you are One. Why then do you not understand – that you are the unchangeable One, equally perceived in all?
O mighty One, how can you, who are ever-shining, unrestricted, think of day and night?
You – Dattatreya now addresses the disciple to whom he is imparting the highest truth.
Night – There can be no perception of any time or condition in perfect Self-realization.

12. Know the Self always to be everywhere, one and unintercepted.
I am the meditator and the highest object of meditation.
Why do you divide the Indivisible?
Unintercepted –
Divide, etc. – Even the act of meditation is an expression of ignorance because it implies duality.

13. You are not born nor do you die.
At no time do you have a body.
The scripture declares in many different ways –
the well-known dictum: “All is Brahman.”

14. You are He who is exterior and interior.
You are the auspicious One existing everywhere at all times.
Why are you running hither and thither deluded, like an unclean spirit?

Om Namah Shivay

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