Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Swami ioned. The Ashtavakra Gita, or the Ashtavakra Samhita as it is sometimes called, is a very ancient Sanskrit text. Nothing seems to be known about the author, though. ‘Ashtavakra Gita’ is one of the advaitic masterpieces. Without mincing matters it comes out with the advaitic truth, the whole truth and nothing but advaita which is .

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Knowing when the dualism of things done and undone has been put awhtavakra rest, or the person for whom they occur has, then you can here and now go beyond renunciation and obligations by indifference to such things.

Showing of 27 reviews. This is the highest teaching of Vedanta. For me who am forever pure there is no illusion, no samsara, no attachment or detachment, no living organism, and no God.

There is no being or non-being, no unity or dualism. He whose thinking mind is dissolved achieves the indescribable state and is free from the mental display of delusion, dream, and ignorance.

Liberation is when the mind does not long for anything, grieve about anything, reject anything, or hold on to anything, and is not pleased about anything or displeased about anything. Digital Library, Tirupati dc. You are unconditioned and changeless, formless and immovable, unfathomable awareness, unperturbable: The mind of the liberated man is not upset or pleased.

Ashtavakra Gita translated by John Richards

The passionate man wants to eliminate samsara so as to avoid pain, but the dispassionate man is free from pain and feels no distress even in it. Ignorance itself is nothing, so what is the point of wanting to understand? It shines unmoving, desireless, and free from doubt.

If even Shiva, Vishnu, or the lotus-born Brahma were your instructor, until you have forgotten everything you cannot be established within. You are really unbound and action-less, self-illuminating and spotless already. You are yourself the Lord, whose very nature is knowledge, and you are beyond natural causation.


Ashtavakra Gita

Happy he speaks and happy he eats. How is one to attain liberation? In the absence of delight in sound and the other senses, and by the fact that I am myself not an object of the senses, my mind is focused and free from distraction — which is why I am now established. In the same way, all this which has emanated from oneself is no other than oneself.

The stupid does not attain Godhead because he wants it, while the wise man enjoys the Supreme Godhead without even wanting asthavakra. To know this is knowledge, and then there is neither renunciation, acceptance or cessation of it. Radhakamal Mukerjeean Indian social scientist, dated the book to the period immediately after the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita c.

Not distracted in distraction, in mental stillness not poised, in stupidity not stupid, that blessed one is not even wise in his wisdom. Desire springs from usage, and aversion from abstension, but the wise man is free ssmhita the pairs of opposites like a child, and becomes established. So now that I have abandoned the body and everything else, by good fortune my true self becomes apparent. The Astavakra Gita as Multivalent Narrative.

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Thus fulfilled through this knowledge, contented, and with the thinking mind emptied, he lives happily just seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting. I am like the mother of pearl, and the imagined world is like the silver. There is no emanation or return, no goal, means, seeker or achievement. Seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, tasting, speaking, and walking about, the great-souled man who is freed from trying to achieve or avoid anything is free indeed.

He who of his very nature feels no unhappiness in his daily life like worldly people, remains undisturbed like a great lake, cleared of defilement.


The liberated man is free from desires everywhere. Retrieved 28 October Learn more about Amazon Prime. Life in a community, then going beyond such a state, meditation and the elimination of mind-made objects — by means of these I have seen my error, and I am now established. Bt College, Madanapale dc.

In a nutshell, in the sight of the seer nothing exists at all. Truly the yogi feels no excitement even at being established in that state which all the Devas from Indra down yearn for disconsolately.

Swami Chinmayananda [ citation needed ] wrote a commentary on the Ashtavakra Gita, which has references to the Upanishads to help convey the meaning of the text. He is not pleased when praised nor upset when blamed. 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. It is no gain or loss to you. The wise man who just goes on doing what presents itself for him to do, encounters no difficulty in either activity or inactivity.

Every rereading makes me more and more knower of ultimate truth about ourselves.

Ashtavakra Samhita

Truly it is in the infinite ocean of myself, that, stimulated by the colourful waves of the world, everything suddenly arises in the wind of consciousness. You can contact us in our forum or write to our email address. Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya. There is zamhita distinction between pleasure and pain, man and woman, success and failure for the wise man who looks on everything as equal.

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