Monday, February 19, 2007

One's sole refuge

If you want to attain liberation and redeem yourself by cutting asunder with the sword of jnana the false ignorance that has strongly bound you in the form of a jiva, let your mind spring up immediately with surging love and, without wasting a moment of your life, meditate constantly upon the golden lotus-like feet of the Lord who, in the form of the Guru, has taken you into his fold.

By taking the Sadguru as one’s sole refuge, one should know, through his grace, that the cause of the continuous and distressing confusion that nurtures births is the fragmented mind which regards itself as different from God, Atma-swarupa. One should also learn from him the means for ending it [the fragmented mind] and, adopting that means, one should steadfastly unite with the Self, the ego-free swarupa, and abide in mauna. This alone bestows eminence.

This state of being the best among the noble disciples is this: a constancy of mind whence gushes forth the feeling of supreme devotion [parabhakti] that manifests when the ‘I’ is lost in the radiance of the state of silence, the Supreme. Know and keep in your mind that this is itself the state of being the Guru.

Meditating in the way that one ought to meditate on the sweet and ineffable grace of the Supreme Guru, and remaining still without getting caught in illusion, the unreal and deceptive panorama that appears in front of us – this alone is bliss.