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  1. Awareness
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  5. Rest
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  20. The Self

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Astavakta Gita, Chapter 11 -- Of Acceptance

Sage Ashtavakra

Unmoved and undistressed, realising that being,
non-being and transformation are of the
very nature of things, one easily finds peace.

At peace, having shed all desires within,
and realising that nothing exists here but the Lord,
the Creator of all things -
one is no longer attached to anything.

Realising that misfortune and fortune
come in their turn from fate, one is contented,
one's senses under control -
one does not like or dislike.

Realising that pleasure and pain,
birth and death are from fate,
and that one's desires cannot be achieved,
one remains inactive -
and even when acting does not get attached.

Realising that suffering arises from nothing
other than thinking, dropping all desires
one rids oneself of it -
and is happy and at peace everywhere.

Realising, "I am not the body", "nor is the body mine".
"I am awareness" one attains the supreme state
and no longer remembers things done or undone.

Realising, "It is just me" -
from Brahma down to the last clump of grass
one becomes free from uncertainty -
pure, at peace and unconcerned -
about what has been attained or not.

Realising that all this varied and wonderful world is nothing,
one becomes pure receptivity, free from inclinations,
and as if nothing existed, one finds peace.