The self is not the doer of anything, nor is it the enjoyer of the results of any actions. The self is not any action in the present moment or in the past. The self is neither the body, nor beyond the body. So where is the question of saying, “not mine” or “mine”?
The self is not any impurity of attachment or hatred, the self is not sorrow or even the body and all the manifestations and associations of the body. Know me as that self alone, which is widespread, big and everywhere, like the sky.
Oh my dear friend, my own mind, why do you talk so much? Oh my dear friend, my mind, all that you argue is in vain. I have taught you about the essence. You are that essence, that which is like the sky.
With whatever emotion the yogi dies, in whatever place he may leave the body, the yogi or the one united with the cosmic essence dissolves into nothingness, just as the space inside a jar merges with the space outside, once the jar is broken. In fact, only after the jar breaks, one realises that the space was never different, inside or outside. Whether the yogi leaves the body in a holy place or in an impure place or even if he has lost consciousness, at the same moment that he is bereft of the body, there is an instant merger of his consciousness with the cosmic consciousness.
Whether it is the pursuit of the four goals of life, Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha or all that moves and doesn’t, including man, the yogi views it as an illusion like the sun seen in a pool of water.
“It is his firm conviction,” says Sri Dattatreya that whether it is action in the present, past or future, nothing is done by him, nor enjoyed by him.
The Avadhuta roams about the earth, having abandoned all desires, in naked consciousness that is free of any attachment, enjoying a mind that is even as it has merged with the essence. He reaches that supreme self in all, which he himself is.
When there are no three states of consciousness which are the waking, dream and deep sleep state and there is nothing called the Turiya or the fourth and super-conscious state, then where is the possibility of a human attaining a state of Samadhi or merging, when there is nothing to merge with or merge? When there is neither dharma nor adharma, then where is the question of a person being a bound or a liberated one?
This Avadhuta knows neither mantra, the technique of uniting with sound, nor tantra, the techniques of expanding the mind to unite with the divine. The Avadhuta is submerged in consciousness and flows as the equal one.