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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Now at last, stop! Recognise that the apparent is unreal, while the unmanifest is abiding. It shows us that we are God or Brahman. In ashtsvakra infinite ocean of myself, the wind of thought subsides, and the world boat of the living-being traders is wrecked by lack of goods.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Putting the complex organism to rest, you can go to your rest. Whether his body rises or falls, the great-souled one gives it no thought, having axhtavakra all about samsara in coming to rest on the ground of his true nature.

He who is proud about even liberation or his own body, and feels them his own, is neither a seer nor a yogi. Knowing yourself like this to be but one, you can find peace. In the same way, when all this is analysed it is found to be no other than oneself. He who is of such a nature has done what has to be done.

Swami Pavitrananda,advaita Ashrama dc. The ignorant man’s vision is shrouded by names and forms, but a wise man sees only himself: Now do as you wish. For him eamhita shines with the radiance of Infinity and is not subject to natural causality there is neither bondage, liberation, pleasure, nor pain.

Get to Know Us. The cause of your bondage is that you are still resorting to stilling the mind. Ultimate truth about ourselves The opportunity to read such ultimate profound wisdom is possible only with ultimate creator’s blessings. While a man of pure intelligence may achieve the goal by the most casual of instruction, another may seek knowledge all his life and still remain bewildered.

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Ashtavakra Gita translated by John Richards

Yogis who identify themselves with their bodies are insistent on adhtavakra and avoiding certain actions, but I live as I please abandoning attachment and rejection. A book that shakes the entire foundation and builds it strong based on subjective experiences If you are looking for a book without any lengthy stories, parables, hard to understand concepts and spiritual gymnasctics which makes you even more confused and frustrated after reading them, then this book is for you.

You are unconditioned and changeless, formless and immovable, unfathomable awareness, unperturbable: HariBaldawa – favorite favorite favorite favorite favorite – November 5, Subject: He is not afraid of death nor attached to life.

For me established in my own glory, there is no dreaming or deep sleep, no waking nor fourth state beyond them, and certainly no fear. Rare is the man who does not think either, and is thereby free from distraction. Happy he speaks and ashtavaora he eats. I am not a living being. He neither blames, praises, rejoices, is disappointed, gives, nor takes. Of all four categories of beings, from Brahma ashtavakrx to the last clump of grass, only the man of knowledge is capable of eliminating desire and aversion.

In my unblemished nature there are no elements, no body, no faculties, no mind. From ignorance of oneself, the world appears, and by knowledge of oneself it appears no longer. Essays on Gender, Sexuality, ssmhita Culture.

It is a very short read, it won’t take you more than a few days to finish. Views Read Edit View history. The wise do not see this and that, but see themselves as infinite. Please read it with some patience.


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. If you are a beginner ashtaakra looking for some basics in vedanta, this book in not for you.

A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita. You may, as a learned man, indulge in wealth, activity, and meditation, but your mind will still long for that which is the cessation of desire, and beyond all goals.

Ashtavakra Gita – Wikipedia

It is in the infinite ocean of myself that the mind-creation called the world takes place. Recognising that things are just constructions of the imagination, that great soul lives as God here and now.

What more is there to say? Read more Read less. All these things are just the realm of imagination. In the infinite ocean of myself the world axhtavakra drifts here and there, moved by its own inner wind. The book consists of a dialogue between Astavakra and his disciple Janaka.

From ignorance of the rope it appears to be a snake, and by knowledge of it it does so no longer.

Ashtavakra Samhita

Nath opened the discourse of this Gita into the English language. What does a pure person like you need to renounce? The dominion of heaven or beggary, gain or loss, life among men or in the forest, these make no difference to a yogi whose nature it is to be free from distinctions. Truly I am spotless and at peace, the awareness beyond natural causality. 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.