The Wisdom of Adi Shankara
- Adi Shankara is the source of much of the
Advaita Vedanta teachings. Enjoy!
From "Vivek Chudamani":
124. Now I will instruct you in the true nature
of your supreme self, by understanding which a
man is freed from his bonds and achieves final
125. There is something your own, unchanging,
the "I", the substratum, the basis, which is the
triple observer, distinct from the five sheaths.
126. The awareness that knows everything whether
waking, dreaming or in deed sleep, and whether or
not there is movement in the mind, that is the "I".
127. It is that which experiences everything, but
which nothing else can experience, which thinks
through the intelligence etc., but which nothing
else can think.
128. It is that by which all this is filled, but
which nothing else can fill, and which, in shining,
makes all this shines as well.
129. It is that whose mere presence makes the body,
bodily senses, and mind etc. keep to their appropriate
functions like servants.
130. It is that by which everything from the ego
function down to the body is known like an earthen
vessel, for its very nature is everlasting consciousness.
131. This is one's inmost nature, the eternal
Person, whose very essence is unbroken awareness
of happiness, who is ever unchanging and pure
consciousness, and in obedience to whom the various
bodily function continue.
132. In one of pure nature, the morning light
of the Unmanifest shines even here in the cave of
the mind, illuminating all this with its glory,
like the sun up there in space.
133. That which knows the thinking mind and ego
functions takes its form from the body with its
senses and other functions, like fire does in a
ball of iron, but it neither acts nor changes in any way.
134. It is never born, never dies, grows,
decays, or changes. Even when the body is destroyed
it does not cease to be, like the space in an
135. The true self, of the nature of pure
consciousness, and separate from the productions
of nature, illuminates all this, real and unreal,
without itself changing. It plays in the states of
waking and so on, as the foundation sense of
'I exist', as the awareness, witness of all experience.