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V 13    dhavamanam adhobhage cittam pratyahared balat pratyaharena patitam adho variva setuna (30)
Vasistha continued:
They in whom the twin-urges of acquisition and rejection have come to an end, do not desire anything, nor do they renounce anything.
The mind does not reach the state of utter tranquillity till these two impulses (of acquisition and of rejection) have been eliminated.
Even so, as long as one feels 'this is real' and 'this is unreal', the mind does not experience peace and equilibrium.
How can equanimity, purity, or dispassion, arise in the mind of one who is swayed by thoughts of 'this is right', 'this is wrong' 'this is gain', 'this is loss'?
When there is only one Brahman (which is forever one and the many), what can be said to be right and what wrong?
As long as the mind is swayed by thoughts of the desirable and the undesirable, there cannot be equanimity.
Desirelessness (absence of all expectations), fearlessness, unchanging steadiness, equanimity, wisdom, non-attachment, non-action, goodness, total absence of perversion, courage, endurance, friendliness, intelligence, contentment, gentleness, pleasant speech - all these qualities are natural to one who is free from the instincts of acquisition and rejection; and even those qualities are non-intentional and spontaneous.
One should restrain the mind from flowing downward, even as the flow of a river is blocked by the construction of a dam.
After having firmly abandoned all contact with external objects, turn the mind within, and reflect over everything within yourself, even while engaged in various activities.
With the help of this sharp sword of wisdom, cut through this net-work of conditioning (which throws up cravings, intentions, motivations, acceptance and rejection), which alone is the cause of this stream of world-appearance.
Cut down the mind with the mind itself.
Having reached the state of purity, remain established in it right now.
Cut the mind down with the mind, and dismiss the thought of the mind which thus negates the mind; thus will you have finally destroyed the world-appearance.
When thus the world appearance has been eliminated, delusion will not arise again, and the mind will not create the world-appearance again either.
Though appearing to function in this world, be firmly rooted in the awareness of the unreality of all this, and thus give up all hopes and expectations.
Rooted in equanimity, doing whatever happens to be the appropriate action in each given situation, and not even thinking about what has thus befallen you unsought, live a non-volitional life here.
Even as the Lord may be said to be both the doer and the non-doer of all actions here, you, too, live non-volitionally - doing yet not doing what has to be done.
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[The Supreme Yoga - a new translation of the Yoga Vasistha ] [ Swami Venkatesananda ] ( 2nd ed. 1991 - 2 vol ) - published by The Divine Life Society - Himalayas, India

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