The Moksha Gita
by Swami Sivananda
Commentary by Swami Krishnananda


Chapter 12: The Realisation of the Self

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1, 2. The Guru said: O My child! Hast thy delusion been destroyed? Have you become fearless now? Have your doubts been removed? Are you resting now in your own Sat-Chit-Ananda Swaroopa? I have declared to thee the profound secret of Vedanta, the essence of Vedas.

The Guru has instructed the disciple in full. The whole Vedanta-Jnana has been imparted. Nothing remains to be said. After knowing this, nothing remains to be known. This expounds the highest Jnana-Yoga method of attaining Self-realization. This is the most supreme secret. After meditating over this Wisdom, all passions shall die. The meditator will hail as the secondless Satchidananda Swaroopa!

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3, 4. The disciple said: O Preceptor! I have realised the Self now. I am verily that Brahman, which is self-effulgent, one without a second, which is changeless, partless, formless, eternal, all-pervading, the Absolute and the homogeneous essence.

The Adhyaropa of the disciple is dispelled by the Apavada of the Guru. The disciple realises his eternal Self and gives expressions to the rapture and ecstasy of Brahma-Anubhava. The force of the penetrating words of the Guru unveils the Self enveloped in ignorance. In the practice of Jnana-Yoga only the intellect and feeling are made use of. Bodily postures are not practised in Vedantic Sadhana. The mere "Knowledge" of the Fact of the Undividedness of Consciousness and Divisionlessness of Existence makes one rest in the State of the Absolute Brahman. When faith is turned from the universe into the inward Truth, and intense Meditation is practised, the goal of thought is reached. At once, the Great Reality will reveal itself. The Uttama-Adhikari, who is best suited for the practice of Vedantic Nididhyasana, does not require much time for Self-realization after receiving instructions from the Guru. For him, says the Chandogya Upanishad, there is delay only until the falling off of the body. Svetaketu realised the Self by hearing the declaration of Self-Identity merely nine times. Janaka realised the Self merely by hearing a song declaring the Nature of the Reality. The highest kind of aspirants realise Brahman with much ease, and without many obstacles.

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5. I am Sat-Chit-Ananda Brahman. I am pure, infinite, unattached, timeless, motionless, deathless, decayless and fearless. I have no connection with the body and mind. I am actionless, formless.

The disciple declares the state of his highest Realization of the Self. I am the all-blissful, blessed Brahman. I am the Source of the great Omkara-Nada. I am without all modifications of mind and body. I am Immortal, for I am everything. I am the All! I cannot die, for I am timeless and spaceless. I am the Infinite Fullness, the Bhuma! I am the Absolute Existence, which is of the very nature of Supreme Unbroken Awareness or Consciousness, the Indivisible Mass of Bliss, the One Essence. I am without beginning, middle and end. I am Eternal, Pure, Perfect, Free and Unattached! I alone exist! All is Myself. There is nothing but Myself! There is neither identity nor relation; I alone am! I am Bliss-Absolute!

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6, 7. Salutations unto Thee, O Venerable Guru! Thou hast saved me from the wheel of birth and death. Through Thy grace I have attained Immortality and eternal Bliss. All my doubts, delusion and ignorance have vanished. Crores of prostrations unto Thee, O Merciful Lord.

O Guru! Without Thy infinite compassion, no Self-realization is possible. Thy grace comes in the form of self-effort and meditation and Thy grace alone removes my ignorance. Sadhana is possible only with Thy blessing. If thou turnest away from me, Truth will turn away from me. Thou hast illumined me, O Lord! Prostrations to Thy Lotus-Feet!

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8, 9. He who studies this Moksha-Gita daily with purity, devotion and one-pointed mind and practises the instructions contained therein will soon attain Immortality, Eternal Bliss and Supreme Peace (Moksha).

One who studies this Moksha-Gita daily, observing Ahimsa, Satya and Brahmacharya, with devotion to God and Guru, considering God and Guru as one, not making any difference between God and Guru, with concentration of mind, and who practises the precepts of wisdom contained herein, shall break the knots of his heart, clear all doubts, destroy all Karmas, acquire Knowledge and attain Immortality!

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Thus ends "Moksha Gita" which gives the essence of the Advaita Vedanta Philosophy.

Hari OM Tat Sat!
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OM Santi! Santi!! Santi!!!