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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.





Hinduism 3737 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3736 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3735 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3734 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3733 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3732 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3731 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3730 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3729 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3728 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3727 | 
#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?





Hinduism 3726 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3725 | 
#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?





Hinduism 3724 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3723 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3722 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3721 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3720 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3719 | 
#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!





Hinduism 3718 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3717 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3716 | 
#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?





Hinduism 3715 | 
#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.





Hinduism 3714 | 
#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.





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







I 'm One; I'm all of this!
Yet I'm undifferentiated, beyond all forms.
How, then, do I regard the Self?
As both the Unmanifest and the manifest world.





Hinduism 3712 | 
#10, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992 







T he mind is formless like the sky,
Yet it wears a million faces.
It appears as images of the past, or as worldly forms;
But it is not the supreme Self.





Hinduism 3711 | 
#9, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992 







T hat one God who shines within everything,
Who is formless like the cloudless sky,
Is the pure, stainless, Self of all,
Without any doubt, that is who I am.

I'm the infinite and immutable One;
I'm pure Consciousness, without any form.
I don't know how, or to whom,
Joy and sorrow appear in this world.

I have no mental karma, either good or bad;
I have no physical karma, either good or bad;
I have no verbal karma, either good or bad.
I'm beyond the senses;
I'm the pure nectar of the knowledge of the Self.





Hinduism 3710 | 
#6 to 8, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992 







W hat, then, is the heart of the highest truth,
The core of knowledge, the wisdom supreme?
It is, "I am the Self, the formless One;
By my very nature, I am pervading all."





Hinduism 3709 | 
#5, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992 







T ruly, all this universe is only my Self;
It is neither divided nor undivided.
How can I even assert that it exists?
I can only view it with wonder and awe.





Hinduism 3708 | 
#4, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992 







T he five subtle elements that combine to compose this world
Are as illusory as the water in a desert mirage;
To whom, then, shall I bow my head?
I, myself, am the stainless One!





Hinduism 3707 | 
#3, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992 







A ll that exists in this world of forms
Is nothing but the Self, and the Self alone.





Hinduism 3706 | 
#2, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992 







T ruly, it is by the grace of God
That the knowledge of Unity arises within.





Hinduism 3705 | 
#1, Reprinted from Abhayananda, S., Dattatreya: The Song Of The Avadhut, Olympia, Wash., Atma Books, 1992 







I am neither created nor uncreated, for I have always been here.
I am neither deluded nor undeluded, for I have always been here.
I am neither of light nor of darkness, for I have always been here.
I am the Bliss, I am the Truth, I am the Boundless Sky.

How can I speak of having desires or not having desires?
How can I speak about attachment or non-attachment?
How can I speak about God as being real or unreal?
I am the Bliss, I am the Truth, I am the Boundless Sky.

That One is everything-
How can I say it is one?
How can I say it is more than one?
How can I say it is eternal or non eternal?
I am the Bliss, I am the Truth, I am the Boundless Sky.

It is neither solid nor subtle.
Neither appearing nor disappearing.
It is without beginning, middle, or end.
It is neither above nor below.
This is the secret of the Ultimate Truth.
I am the Bliss, I am the Truth, I am the Boundless Sky.

All your senses are like clouds;
All they show is an endless mirage.
The Radiant One is neither bound nor free.
I am the Bliss, I am the Truth, I am the Boundless Sky.

Dear one, I am not unknowable nor hidden.
I am not imperceivable nor lost.
I am not near nor far.
I am the Bliss, I am the Truth,
I am the Boundless Sky.

[…]

I have no actions that bring regret or misery.
I have no thoughts that bring pain or suffering.
I have no sense of "me" or "mine."
I am the Bliss, I am the Truth, I am the Boundless Sky.

Avadhuta Gita





Hinduism 3015 | 
Jonathan Star, the Inner Treasure, Tarcher Putnam. 







A ll your senses are like clouds; All they show is an endless mirage.




Hinduism 3014 | 
Jonathan Star, the Inner Treasure, Tarcher Putnam. 





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