Maybe once a month, at Satsang, Robert would have Mary Skene read aloud one of Robert’s own writings. He would ask Mary to read ‘the Jnani’ or ‘The Jnani Oath’. ‘Jnani’ is a title given to an Advaita Master, one who has obtained the knowledge of the absolute Self, the ground of all existence.
Mary started coming to Satsang about a year after I started. She and I stayed the longest with Robert, but she moved to Sedona with him.
The following is the version Mary would read at Satsang, which differs slightly from the version published in Silence of the Heart as ‘Confessions of a Jnani’.
This is from the June 27, 1991 Satsang.
For a Jnani who has realized the identity
of his inner being with the infinite Brahman.
There is no rebirth, no migration, not even liberation.
For he is already liberated.
He is firmly established in an experience of absolute existence,
knowledge, bliss, the sat-chit-ananda atman.
The continued existence of the world and of his own
body appears to the Jnani only as an illusion.
The appearance of which he cannot remove,
but which cannot further deceive him until the time when
after the decease of the body he wanders not forth
but remains where he is and what he is and eternally was.
The first principle of all beings and things.
The original eternal pure free Brahman.
While living and even when the body falls dead
the Jnani rests in his own essential nature.
His own swarupa that is all full, all pure,
timeless, consciousness and bliss.
The following assertions made by a Jnani
constitute his own deepest convictions and experience.
I am infinite, imperishable, self-luminous, self-existent,
I am beginning-less, endless, decay-less, birthless, deathless.
Never was I born, I am ever free, perfect, independent, I alone am.
I pervade the entire universe. I am all permeating and interpenetrating.
I am supreme peace and freedom absolute.
A Jnani lives forever.
He has attained life everlasting.
Cravings torture him not.
Sins stain him not.
Birth and death touch him not.
He is free from all cravings and longings.
He ever rests in his own sat-chit-ananda swarupa.
He sees the one infinite Self in all,
and all in the infinite Self which is his being.
He remains forever as the infinite Self of consciousness and delight.