V. Astavakra on the stages of dissolution of consciousness

The Song of the Self-Supreme

Ashtavakra Gita

Radhakamal Mukherjee (publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers 1971)

V.  Astavakra on the stages of dissolution of consciousness

  1. Astavakra said: For you there is no contact with anything whatever. Pure as you are, what do you wish to renounce? Having dissolved the body aggregate, thus do you undertake dissolution.
  2. From you the universe emerges as a bubble from the sea. In this manner having known your non-dual Self, practice dissolution.
  3. As the universe, even though visible, is dissolved in your non-dual Self, it no longer exists, being insubstantial, like the snake vanished in the rope. Undertake the dissolution of consciousness in this manner.
  4. Become the perfect and the same, whether in pleasure or pain, hope or disappointment, life or death. Undertake the dissolution of consciousness in this manner.
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