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Nature of the Witness - 2
« on: December 26, 2009, 11:02:09 AM »
1. Those who think themselves to be one with Brahman and at
the same time to be doers and experiencers should be regarded
as fallen from both knowledge and duties (karmas).  They are,
no doubt, unbelievers in the Vedas.

2.  A knower of the Self will wish to perform actions if one who
has reached the other bank of a river wish to reach that bank
while there.

3.  A so called knower of the Self having ideas of acceptance and
rejection should be regarded as not fit for liberation, but must
be considered to be not fit for Brahma Jnana.

4.  The Self whose Consciousness never ceases to exist, neither
remembers, nor forgets Itself. That the mind remembers the
Self is also a knowledge caused by ignorance.

5.  For the ideas 'me' and 'mine' are superimposed on the Self
due to ignorance.  They do not exist when the Self is known
to be one only.  How can there be an effect without a cause?

6.  He has the truest knowledge who looks upon the Self as a
non-agent having no connection with actions and their results
and free from the ideas of 'me' and 'mine.'

7.  One who looks upon the Sef as an agent of actions and a
knower of objects is not a knower of the Self.  One who knows
otherwise is a real knower of the Self.

8.  Even powerful beings including Brahma and Indra are objects
of pity to that knower of the Self who has no fear about the next
world nor is afraid of death.

9.  How can there be any thought in one who has no mind, and
actions in one who has no senses?  The Sruti truly says, the
Self is pure devoid of the vital force and the mind.

10.  Always meditating on the Self, one has nothing to do with
time etc., as the Self is in no way connected with time, space,
direction, and causation.

(Source:  Upadesa Sahasri - Sri Sankara. Tr. Swami Jagadananda.
Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.)

Arunachala Siva.