The Song of the Self-Supreme
Radhakamal Mukherjee (publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers 1971)
V. Astavakra on the stages of dissolution of consciousness
- 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.
- From you the universe emerges as a bubble from the sea. In this manner having known your non-dual Self, practice dissolution.
- 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.
- 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.