For the yogi who has found peace, there is no distraction or one-pointedness, no higher knowledge or ignorance, no pleasure and no pain.
The dominion of heaven or beggary, gain or loss, life among men or in the forest, these make no difference to a yogi whose nature it is to be free from distinctions.
There are no religious obligations, wealth, sensuality, or discrimination for a yogi free from such opposites as “I have done this,” and “I have not done that.”
There is nothing needing to be done or any attachment in his heart for the yogi liberated while still alive. Things will last just to the end of life.
There is no delusion, world, meditation on That, or liberation for the pacified great soul. All these things are just the realm of imagination.
He by whom all this is seen may well make out it doesn’t exist, but what is the desireless one to do? Even in seeing it he does not see it.
He by whom the Supreme Brahma is seen may think “I am Brahma,” but what is he to think who is without thought, and who sees no duality?
He by whom inner distraction is seen may put an end to it, but the noble one is not distracted. When there is nothing to achieve what is he to do?
The wise man, unlike the worldly man, does not see inner stillness, distraction, or fault in himself, even when living like a worldly man.
Nothing is done by him who is free from being and non-being, who is contented, desireless, and wise, even if in the world’s eyes he does act.
The wise man who just goes on doing what presents itself for him to do, encounters no difficulty in either activity or inactivity.
He who is desireless, self-reliant, independent, and free of bonds functions like a dead leaf blown about by the wind of causality.
There is neither joy nor sorrow for one who has transcended samsara. With a peaceful mind he lives as if without a body.
He whose joy is in himself, and who is peaceful and pure within has no desire for renunciation or sense of loss in anything.
He who acts without being able to say why, but is not thereby a fool, he is one liberated while still alive, happy and blessed. He is happy even in samsara.
He who is beyond mental stillness and distraction does not desire either liberation or its opposite. Recognizing that things are just constructions of the imagination, that great soul lives as God here and now.
Excerpted from Ashtavakra Gita (Translated by John Richards)