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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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The knower of truth is never distressed in this world, for the whole round ashtavajra is full of himself alone. A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita. I am supremely peaceful and formless, and I remain as such.

How can there be cessation of thought for the misguided who is striving for it? You are unattached and formless, the witness of everything — so be happy.

There is nothing outside of me.

It is a very short read, it won’t take you more than a few days to finish. For me who am always free from deliberations there is neither conventional truth nor absolute truth, no samhta and no suffering.

Ashtavakra Gita translated by John Richards

Abandoning such a practice therefore, I am now established. All this is transient and spoiled by the three sorts of pain.

Pure illusion reigns samhitta samsara which will continue until self-realisation, but the enlightened man lives in the beauty of freedom from me and mine, from the sense of responsibility and from any attachment.

For me established in my own glory, there is no life or death, no worlds or things of this world, no distraction and no stillness of mind. For me remaining in myself, there is no need for talk of the three goals of life, of yoga or of knowledge.


You are really unbound and actionless, self-illuminating and spotless already. Bt College, Madanapale dc. Not distracted in distraction, ashtvaakra mental stillness not poised, in stupidity not stupid, that blessed one is not even wise in his wisdom.

Astavakra Samhita: translated by Swami Nityaswarupananda: : Books

Knowing yourself as truly one and indestructible, how could a wise man possessing self-knowledge like you feel any pleasure in acquiring wealth? He who is desireless, self-reliant, independent, and free of bonds functions like a dead leaf blown about by the wind of causality.

Avadhuta Gita azhtavakra Dattatreya.

Neither happy nor unhappy, neither detached nor attached, neither seeking liberation nor liberated, he is neither something nor nothing. The work has been a constant inspiration in his life for many years.

Ashtavakra Gita

Just as one and the same all-pervading space exists within and without a jar, so the eternal, everlasting God exists in the totality of things.

It is nothing in reality, but there is no non-being for natures that know how to distinguish being from non-being. I am pure awareness though through ignorance I have imagined myself to have additional attributes. Retrieved from ” https: Whether his body rises or falls, the great-souled one gives it no thought, having forgotten all about samsara in coming to rest on the ground of his true nature.

One may get all sorts of pleasure by the acquisition of various objects of enjoyment, but one cannot be happy except by the renunciation of everything.

Ashtavakra Samhita

Shining is my essential nature, and I am nothing other than that. The renunciation of them is the renunciation of it. Now do as you wish. Continually observing the drawbacks of such things as pleasant objects, I live as I please, abandoning the pleasant and unpleasant. Bondage is when the mind is tangled in one of the senses, and liberation is when the mind is not tangled in any of the senses.

Digital Library of India Item 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. For me, free from the sense of dualism, there are no scriptures, no self-knowledge, no mind free from an object, no satisfaction and no freedom from desire. The body, heaven and hell, bondage and liberation, and fear too, all this is pure imagination. 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.


When the world shines forth, it is only me that is shining forth.

The stupid man does not find peace because he desires it, while the wise man discriminating the truth is always peaceful minded. All these things are just the realm of imagination. Gandhi’s Tiger and Ashtavaira Smile: Truly dualism is the root of suffering. By inner freedom one attains happiness, by inner freedom one reaches the Supreme, by inner freedom one comes to absence of thought, by inner freedom to the Ultimate State.

No benefit or loss comes to me by standing, walking or lying down, so consequently I live as I please whether standing, walking or sleeping. Through this initiation into truth you will escape falling sambita unreality again. There is no other remedy for it than the realisation that all this that we see is unreal, and that I am the one stainless reality, consisting of consciousness.