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IV 46    anagatanam bhoganam avagichanam akrtrimam agatanam casambhoga iti pandita laksanam (8)
Vasistha continued:
Knowing that the entire universe including one's wealth, wife, son, etc. are nothing but the creation of the jugglery of the mind, one does not grieve when they are lost, nor does one feel elated when they prosper.
On the other hand, it may be proper to feel unhappy when they prosper; for such prosperity may intensify one's ignorance.
Hence, that which generates attachment and craving in the fool, generates detachment and cool indifference in the wise.
The nature of the wise person is not to desire those experiences which one does not effortlessly obtain, and to experience those which have already arrived.
If one is able to wean the mind away from craving for sense-pleasure by whatever means, one is saved from being drowned in the ocean of delusion.
He who has realised his oneness with the entire universe, and who has thus risen above both desire 'for' and desire 'against', is never deluded.
Therefore, O Rama, realise that self or infinite consciousness which permeates and therefore transcends both the unreal and the real.
And, then, neither grasp nor give up whatever is inside or outside.
The wise sage who is established in such self-knowledge is free from any sort of colouring or mental conditioning or self-limitation.
He is like the sky or space which is totally free from being tainted by anything that happens within it.
Let your mind not entertain a feeling of 'mine-ness' in any of the objects of the senses.
Then, whether you are active or inactive, you will not be sunk in the mire of ignorance.
When your heart does not taste sensepleasures as sweet and desirable, then you have known all that there is to be known, and you are saved from this cycle of birth and death.
He who is not attracted by the pleasures of either this world or of heaven (whether or not there is body-consciousness in him ) is liberated, even if he does not specifically desire or strive for such liberation.
O Rama, in this ocean of ignorant mental conditioning, he who has found the raft of self-knowledge, is saved from drowning; he who has not found that raft is surely drowned.
Therefore, O Rama, examine the nature of the self with an intelligence as sharp as the razor's edge; and then rest established in self-knowledge.
Live as the sages of self-knowledge live.
They know the infinite consciousness and the world-appearance.
Hence, they do not relish nor renounce activity in this world.
You, too, have attained self-knowledge, Rama, and you are at peace.
1998 - 2017
[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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