CONDITIONING

The ignorant person accepts as real whatever he sees in this world, not so the wise.

Even as a piece of wood and water in which is reflected have no real relationship, the body and the Self have no real relationship.

Moreover, there is in fact no duality where such a relationship could exist.

One infinite consciousness alone exists without subject-object division.

In this, diversity is imagined, and that which is untouched by sorrow believes itself to be miserable, even as one who thinks he sees a ghost, sees a ghost!

On account of the power of thought, this imaginary relationship assumes the force of reality.

The self is ever untouched by pain and pleasure, but thinking itself to be the body, it undergoes the experiences of the body. The abandonment of this ignorant belief is liberation.

The conditioned mind creates bondage even in ascetics; the unconditioned is pure even in a householder.

The mind that is thus conditioned is bondage; liberation is freedom from conditioning (inner contact, attachment or identification).

This inner contact (which presupposes ficticious division) alone is the cause for bondage and liberation.

Actions performed by the unconditioned are non-action; the conditioned mind acts even while outwardly refraining from it.

Action or non-action is in the mind; the body does nothing. Hence, one should resolutely abandon this false inner division.

Conviction of the reality of the body in one who has abandoned the distinction between the body and the Self is known as conditioning.

He who believes that the infinite self is limited and therefore seeks pleasure, thus gets bound.

He who inquires "All this is indeed the Self. What do I desire and what should I renounce?" is established in the unconditioned state of liberation.

He who knows "I am not, nor is there another" or "Let these be or not be" and does not seek pleasure, is liberated.

He is neither addicted to inaction nor does he get lost in the results of action; he is not given to exultation or to depression.

He renounces the fruits of actions by his mind, not by action!

It is by the rejection of the conditioning, that bondage is got rid of, and the highest good gained.

Conditioning is the cause of all sorrow.

(Concise Yoga Vasistha pg 230 to 231 - ISBN: 087395954X)