KNOWLEDGE IS NOT SELF-KNOWLEDGE
ceases, all the bondages are rent asunder and doubts
are dispelled when one is fully established in the
equanimity of the Self for a long time, when the perception
of division has ceased and when there is the experience of fullness through the knowledge
of that which is to be knwon.
What is to be known? It
is the Self which is pure and which is
of the nature of pure consciousness which is omnipresent and eternal.
I know that the
Self alone is real and the body, etc are not real. But how is that it is not perfectly clear to me?
Such intellectual knowledge is not knowledge!
Unattachment to wife, son and house, equanimity in pleasure and
pain, love of solitude, being firmly established in self-knowledge - this is knowledge, all else is ignorance!
Only when the ego-sense
is thinned out does this self-knowledge
Since this ego-sense is firmly established in this body, how can
it be uprooted?
self-effort and by resolutely turning away
from the pursuit of pleasure, and by resolute breaking
down of the prison-house
of shame (false dignity), etc.
If you abandon
all this and remain firm, the ego-sense will vanish
and you will realize that you are the supreme being.
Vasistha pg 331 to 332 - ISBN: 087395954X)