Guide To Liberation

When a man completely casts away all the desires of the mind, satisfied in the Self alone, then is he said to be one of steady wisdom.

He whose mind is not shaken by adversity, who does not hanker after happiness, who has become free from affection, fear, and wrath, is indeed the Man of steady wisdom.

He who is everywhere unattached, not pleased at receiving good, nor vexed at evil, his wisdom is fixed.

When also, like the tortoise its limbs, he can completely withdraw the senses from their objects, then his wisdom becomes steady.

Objects fall away from the abstinent man, leaving the longing behind. But his longing also ceases, who sees the Supreme.

The turbulent senses do violently snatch away the mind of even a wise man striving after perfection.

The steadfast having controlled them all sits focussed on the Supreme. His wisdom is steady, whose senses are under control.

Thinking of objects attachment to them is formed in a man. From attachment longing and from longing anger grows.

From anger comes delusion and from delusion loss of memory. From loss of memory comes the ruin of discrimination, and from the ruin of discrimination he perishes.

But the self-controlled man moving among objects with senses under restraint, and free from attraction and aversion, attains to tranquillity.

In tranquillity all sorrow is destroyed. For the intellect of him who is tranquil-minded, is soon established in firmness.

No knowledge of the Self has the unsteady. Nor has he meditation. To the unmeditative there is no peace. And how can one without peace have happiness?

For the mind which follows in the wake of the wandering senses carries away his discrimination as a wind carries away from its course a boat on the waters.

Therefore his knowledge is steady, whose senses are completely restrained from their objects.

That which is night to all beings, in that the self-controlled man wakes. That in which all beings wake, is night to the Self-seeing soul.

As into the ocean brimful and still flow the waters, even so the Man whom enter all desires, he and not the desirer of desires attains to peace.

That man who lives devoid of longing, abandoning all desires, without the sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine,’ he attains to peace.

This is to have one’s being in the absolute. None attaining to this becomes deluded. Being established in this even at the end of life, a man attains to oneness with the All.

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