9.1 Rare indeed, my son, is the lucky man whose observation of the world's behaviour has led
to the extinction of his thirst for living, thirst for pleasure and thirst for knowledge.
9.2 All this is impermanent and spoilt by the three sorts of pain. Recognising it to be
insubstantial, contemptible and only fit for rejection, one attains peace.
9.3 When was that age or time of life when the dualism of extremes did not exist for men?
Abandoning them, a person who is happy to take whatever comes attains perfection.
9.4 Who does not end up with indifference to such things and attain peace when he has seen the
differences of opinions among the great sages, saints and yogis?
9.5 Is he not a guru who, endowed with dispassion and equanimity, achieves full knowledge of
the nature of consciousness, and leads others out of samsara?
9.6 If you would just see the transformations of the elements as nothing more than the elements,
then you would immediately be freed from all bonds and established in your own nature.
9.7 One's inclinations are samsara. Knowing this, abandon them. The renunciation of them is the
renunciation of it. Now you can remain as you are.
9.8 Ashtavakra said: Abandoning desire, the enemy, along with gain, itself so full of loss, and the
good deeds which are the cause of the other two practice indifference to everything.