04 April 2010

Bondage and Liberation


Ashtavakra said:

8.1
When the mind desires or grieves things,
accepts or rejects things,
is pleased or displeased by things,
this is bondage.

8.2
When the mind does not desire or grieve,
accept or reject, become pleased or displeased,
liberation is at hand.

8.3
If the mind is attached to any experience,
this is bondage.
When the mind is detached from all experience,
this is liberation.

8.4
When there is no “I”
there is only liberation.
When “I” appears, bondage appears with it.
Knowing this, it is effortless to refrain
from accepting and rejecting.