The Song of the Self-Supreme
Radhakamal Mukherjee (publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers 1971)
X. Astavakra on Dispassion
- Having given up desire as the enemy, wealth as associated with mischief and also piety as leading to both desire and wealth, practice neglect (of the goals of life).
- Look upon friend, land, wealth, house, wife and other objects of fortune as a dream or a magician’s show, lasting (only) for three or five days.
- Know that as the world wherever there is desire. Cultivating strong dispassion, free yourself from desire and be contented.
- Desire alone is the soul of bondage. Its annihilation is said to be salvation. Through non-attachment to the world alone one attains constant bliss of realization (of the Self).
- You are the one, pure intelligence. The universe is material and unreal (devoid of intelligence). Ignorance is also non-existent. Then what wish to know can be there for you?
- From birth to birth, kingdoms, sons, wives, bodies and pleasures to which you were attached have been lost.
- Enough of wealth, desire and piety in the wilderness. The mind cannot find peace in these.
- For innumerable births have you undertaken work, painful and exacting, with your body, mind and speech. Hence find rest at least now.