Bitten by the Black Snake: The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra

Bitten by the Black Snake: The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra

by Manuel Schoch


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In interpreting the timeless wisdom of the ancient Ashtavakra Gita for modern sensibilities, Manuel Schoch shows us very practically, step by step, how one can simply observe, instead of constantly reacting, projecting, desiring, and struggling in life. Instead of identifying with forms (the body, thoughts, feelings, habits, and experience) one can be connected to the everlasting consciousness that manifests forms. Out of this stillness emerge the qualities of life, love, peace, compassion, bliss, and enlightenment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591810605
Publisher: Sentient Publications
Publication date: 07/25/2007
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.59(w) x 7.61(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
The First Sutra     1
The Witnessing Consciousness     2
The Doer and the Observer     3
Getting in the Way of Liberation     4
Games of the Mind     5
Desire for Enlightenment     6
A State of Happiness     8
Behind the Mask     9
Free Will     11
Modern Meditation     12
The Space of Stillness     13
Perceiving with the Senses     14
Light vs. Religion     15
Consciousness and Heart Energy     16
Stillness of the Heart     16
The Second Sutra     20
Looking Out, Looking In     21
The Act of Projection     22
The Art of Observation     23
The Space of No Reaction     24
Awareness and Observation     25
No Separation     26
Observing the Whole     28
The Freedom of One Mind     29
The Power of Rebelling     30
As You Think, So You Are     31
Reality and Projection     33
The Serpent of Ego     35
Thought Processes     36
The Process of Doing     38
Creating Desire     39
Waking Up     39
Observing Desire     41
The Third Sutra     43
Being the Observer     44
The End of Separation     45
Bondage and Innocence     46
Confusion Creates Observation     48
The Bondage of Motivation     49
Nothing to Do     51
Faith and Belief     52
Faith in Consciousness     53
Form and Stillness     54
Stillness of the Heart     56
Being with What Is     57
Reflecting Consciousness     58
The Stillness of Emptiness     59
The Fourth Sutra     61
The Spiritual Ego     62
Bypassing the Ego     64
Becoming Still     65
The Structure of Feelings     66
A Third State     67
Lost Connections     69
Beyond the Ego     70
Knowing There Is Nothing     71
Sneaking Around the Ego     73
Feeding the Climate     74
Dropping into Stillness     75
The Fifth Sutra     76
Creating Illusion      77
Living in the Heart     78
Beyond Desire     79
Fear and Desire     81
A Question of Motivation     82
Forgetting the Self     83
Effortless Awareness     84
Nothing Special     86
Seeing the Whole     87
Attachment to Detaching     89
Desiring Liberation     91
Working with the Heart     93
The Sixth Sutra     95
Happiness Itself     97
Creating Fear     98
The Ego Is Like the Apple     103
Transformation Through Observation     105
Off the Map     106
The Identification Game     110
Can the Climate Change?     111
About the Author     115

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