Posted by: Stephen Paul | September 28, 2017

By nature my mind is empty

By nature my mind is empty.
Even in sleep, I am awake.
I think of things without thinking.
All my impressions of the world
Have dissolved.

My desires have melted away.
So what do I care for money
Or the thieving senses,
For friends or knowledge or holy books?

What are they to me?
What do I care for freedom?
For I have known God,
The infinite Self,
The witness of all things.

Without, a fool.
Within, free of thought.
I do as I please,
And only those like me
Understand my ways.

~ Ashtavakra Gita (14.1-4; translation by Thomas Byrom)

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