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The wisdom of The Avadhuta Gita
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T he Avadhut lives alone in an empty hut;
With a pure, even mind, he is always content.
He moves about, naked and free,
Aware that all this is only the Self.

Where neither the third state (deep sleep) nor the fourth state (samadhi) exists,
Where everything is experienced as the Self alone,
Where neither righteousness nor unrighteousness exists,
Could bondage or liberation be living there?

In that state (samadhi) where one knows nothing at all,
This versified knowledge doesn't even exist.
So, now, while I'm in the state of samarasa,
I, the Avadhut, have spoken of the Truth.





3737 |  Hinduism
Source : #73 to 75, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








T here is no action,
Either present, future, or past,
Which has been performed or enjoyed by me.
This I know, without any doubt.





3736 |  Hinduism
Source : #72, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








A ll duties, wealth, enjoyments, liberation,
All people and objects in the world as well;
Everything, in the eyes of a yogi,
Is like the [illusory] water in a desert mirage.





3735 |  Hinduism
Source : #71, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








T he world of form and the formless Void:
Neither of these exists independently.
In the One, there is neither separation nor union;
Truly, there is nothing but Shiva alone.





3734 |  Hinduism
Source : #62, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








T he universe is the 'shining forth' of the One,
There is no split, or division, or separate "aspects.
The idea of "Maya" is itself the great delusion;
Duality and non-duality are merely concepts of the mind.





3733 |  Hinduism
Source : #61, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








Y ou do not possess intelligence, nor do you possess ignorance;
Nor do you possess a mixture of these two.
You are, yourself, Intelligence-
An Intelligence that never ceases, never strays.





3732 |  Hinduism
Source : #57, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








I have neither Guru nor initiation;
I have no discipline, and no duty to perform.
Understand that I'm the formless sky;
I'm the self-existent Purity.

You are the one Purity! You have no body.
You are not the mind; you're the supreme Reality.
"I'm the Self, the supreme Reality!"
Say this without any hesitancy.

Why do you weep, 0 mind?
Why do you cry?
Take the attitude: "I am the Self!"
Drink the supreme nectar of Unity.





3731 |  Hinduism
Source : #54to56, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








I know the nature of the one supreme Being;
Like space, It extends everywhere.
And all the forms that appear within It
Are like the [illusory] water of a desert mirage.





3730 |  Hinduism
Source : #53, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








I f I've never been bound,
I can never be liberated.
How could you think that the Self
Is restricted to formlessness or imprisoned by form.





3729 |  Hinduism
Source : #52, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








I t's neither neuter, nor masculine, nor feminine.
It possesses neither intellect nor the power of thought.
How, then, can you imagine that the Self
Is either blissful or not blissful?

The practice of yoga will not lead you to purity;
Silencing the mind will not lead you to purity;
The Guru's instructions will not lead you to purity.
That purity is your Essence; It's your very own Consciousness.

Neither the gross body, consisting of five elements,
Nor the subtle body, exists;
Everything is the Self alone.
How, then, could the fourth state (samadhi) or the other
three states (waking, dreaming, deep sleep) exist?

I am not bound, nor am I liberated;
I'm Brahman, and nothing else.
I'm not the doer, nor am I the enjoyer;
I do not pervade anything, nor am I pervaded.





3728 |  Hinduism
Source : #47to50, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








T o me, neither the elemental particles
Nor the entire universe exists;
Brahman alone is everything.
Where, then, are the castes or the stages of life?

I always recognize everything
As the one indivisible Reality.
That undivided One constitutes the world,
The Void, all space, and the five elements.





3727 |  Hinduism
Source : #45&46, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








Y ou are the ultimate Reality; have no doubt about this.
The Self is not something to be known by the mind;
The Self is the very one who knows.
How, then, could you think to know the Self?





3726 |  Hinduism
Source : #42, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








K now that the whole of the universe is without any form.
Know that the whole of the universe is forever unchanging.
Know that the whole of the universe is unstained by its contents.
Know that the whole of the universe is of the nature of God.





3725 |  Hinduism
Source : #41, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








T o some, the Self appears as "other";
To me, the Self is 'I'
Like undivided space,
One alone exists.
How, then, could the subject and object of meditation be two?





3724 |  Hinduism
Source : #39, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








W hen you know all this universe of forms
To be as vacant as the sky,
Then you'll know Brahman;
Duality will forever cease to be.





3723 |  Hinduism
Source : #38, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








T here are no divine scriptures, no world, no imperative religious practices;
There are no gods, no classes or races of men,
No stages of life, no superior or inferior;
There's nothing but Brahman, the supreme Reality.





3722 |  Hinduism
Source : #34, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








E verywhere, always, and in everything,
Know this: the Self alone exists.
Everything, both the Void and the manifested world,
Is nothing but my Self; of this I am certain.





3721 |  Hinduism
Source : #33, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








W hen ajar is broken, the space that was inside
Merges into the space outside.
In the same way, my mind has merged in God;
To me, there appears no duality.





3720 |  Hinduism
Source : #31, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








I do not know Shiva; how can I speak of Him?
I do not know Shiva; how can I worship Him?
I , myself, am Shiva, the primal Essence of everything;
My nature, like the sky, remains ever the same.

I am the Essence, the all-pervading Essence;
I have no form of -my own.
I'm beyond the division of subject and object;
How could I possibly be an object to myself?

There's no such thing as an infinite form;
The infinite Reality has no form of Its own.
The one Self, the supreme Reality,
Neither creates, nor sustains, nor destroys anything.





3719 |  Hinduism
Source : #27to29, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








T he Self is the identity of everyone;
You are everything, the unbroken Whole.
The thinker and the thought do not even exist!
0 mind, how can you go on thinking so shamelessly!





3718 |  Hinduism
Source : #26, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








I f you see the world as unreal, can that be the experience of Unity?
If you see it as real, can that be the experience of Unity?
If it's seen as both real and unreal, can that be the experience of Unity?
To see everything as the One is the true state of Freedom.





3717 |  Hinduism
Source : #23, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








A ll the scriptures unanimously declare
That 'the pure, formless, undifferentiated Reality
Is the Essence of all forms.
There is absolutely no doubt about this.

All forms, understand, are only temporary manifestations;
The formless Essence eternally exists.
Once this truth is realized,
There's no more necessity to be reborn.





3716 |  Hinduism
Source : #20&21, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








Y ou can't be heard, or smelled, or tasted;
You can't be seen, or sensed by touch.
Truly, you're the ultimate Reality;
Why, then, should you be troubled so?

Neither birth, nor death, nor the active mind,
Nor bondage, nor liberation, affects you at all.
Why then, my dear, do you grieve in this way?
You and I have no name or form.

0 mind, why are you so deluded?
Why do you run about like a frightened ghost?
Become aware of the indivisible Self.
Be rid of attachment; be happy and free!

Truly, you're the unchanging Essence of everything!
You're the unmoving Unity; you're boundless Freedom.
You have neither attachment nor aversion;
Why, then, do you worry and succumb to desire?





3715 |  Hinduism
Source : #16 to 19, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








T here's no such thing as union or separation
For me or for you.
There -is no me, no you, no manifold world;
All is the Self, and the Self alone.





3714 |  Hinduism
Source : #15, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  








Y ou, also, are the One! Why don't you understand?
You're the unchanging Self, the same within everyone.
You're truly illimitable; you'. the all-pervading Light.
For you, how can there be any distinction between the day and the night?

Understand that the Self is continuous Being,
The One within all, without any division.
The "I" is both the subject and the supreme object of meditation;
How can you see two in That which is one?

Neither birth -nor death pertain to you;
You have never been a body.
It is well known that "All is Brahman";
The scriptures have stated this in various ways.





3713 |  Hinduism
Source : #11 to 13, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992  






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