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Forty Verses on Reality
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Forty verses on Reality, Verses 9 - 16
- The duality of subject and object and trinity
of seer, sight, and seen can exist only if supported by the One. If one
turns inward in search of that One Reality they fall away. Those who see
this are those who see Wisdom. They are never in doubt.
- Ordinary knowledge is always accompanied by
ignorance, and ignorance by knowledge; the only true Knowledge is that
by which one knows the Self through enquiring whose is the knowledge and
- Is it not, rather, ignorance to know all else
without knowing oneself, the knower? As soon as one knows the Self,
which is the substratum of knowledge and ignorance, knowledge and
- That alone is true Knowledge which is neither
knowledge nor ignorance. What is known is not true Knowledge. Since the
Self shines with nothing else to know or to make known, It alone is
Knowledge. It is not a void.
- The Self, which is Knowledge, is the only
Reality. Knowledge of multiplicity is false knowledge. This false
knowledge, which is really ignorance, cannot exist apart from the Self,
which is Knowledge-Reality. The variety of gold ornaments is unreal,
since none of them can exist without the gold of which they are all
- If the first person, I, exists, then the
second and third persons, you and he, will also exist. By enquiring into
the nature of the I, the I perishes. With it 'you' and 'he' also perish.
The resultant state, which shines as Absolute Being, is one's own
natural state, the Self.
- Only with reference to the present can the
past and the future exist. They too, while current, are the present. To
try to determine the nature of the past and the future while ignoring
the present is like trying to count without the unit.
- Apart, from us where is time and where is
space? If we are bodies, we are involved in time and space, but are we?
We are one and identical now, then, and forever, here, and everywhere.
Therefore we, timeless, and spaceless Being, alone are.