Ashtavakra Gita.

Janaka uvāca

katha jñānamavāpnoti katha muktirbhaviyati
vairāgya ca katha prāpta etad brūhi mama prabho

Janaka said : How can knowledge be acquired? How can liberation be attained? How is dispassion possible? Tell me this, O Lord.


Aṣṭāvakra uvāca

mukti icchasi cettāta viayān viavattyaja
kamārjavadayātoasatya pīyūavad bhaja

Ashtavakra said:  If you aspire liberation, my child, shun the objects of the senses as poison. Practise forgiveness, sincerity, compassion, contentment and truthfulness as nectar.


na prthvī na jalam nāgnirna vāyurdyaurna vā bhavān
esām  sāksinamātmānam cidrūpam viddhi muktaye

You are neither Earth, nor water, nor fire, nor air nor even ether.  In order to attain liberation, know the Self as the witness of all these and as Consciousness itself.


yadi deha pthak ktya citi viśrāmya tiṣṭhasi
adhunaiva sukhī śānto bandhamukto bhaviyasi

If you see yourself as distinct from the body and rest in Consciousness, you will at once be happy, peaceful and free from bondage


na tva viprādiko varo nāśramī nākagocara
asago’si nirākāro viśvasākī sukhī bhava

You do not belong to the Brahmin or any other caste, or to any dharma (Four dharmas are Brahmacharya, Grahasthya, Vanaprastha, Sanyasa). You are not perceived by the senses. You are Unattached, formless and the witness of all. Be happy.


dharmādharmau sukha dukha mānasāni na te vibho
na kartāsi na bhoktāsi mukta evāsi sarvadā

Righteousness and unrighteousness, pleasure and pain are of the mind, not of you, O all-pervading one. You are neither the doer nor the enjoyer. Verily you are ever free.


eko draṣṭāsi sarvasya muktaprāyo’si sarvadā
ayameva hi te bandho draṣṭāra paśyasītaram

You are the one seer of everything, and are always ever free. The cause of your bondage is that you see yourself not as the seer but as something other than this.


aha kartetyahamānamahākṛṣṇāhidaśita
nāha karteti viśvāsāmta pītvā sukhī bhava

You who have been bitten by the black serpant of egoism ‘I am the doer’, drink nectar of the faith, “I am not the doer”, and be happy.


eko viśuddhabodho’ha iti niścayavahninā
prajvālyājñānagahana vītaśoka sukhī bhava

Burn down the forest of ignorance with the fire of Knowledge “I am the the One and Pure Consciousness”, and be free from sorrow and be happy.


yatra viśvamida bhāti kalpita rajjusarpavat
ānandaparamānanda sa bodhastva sukha bhava

You are that Consciousness, Bliss – Supreme Bliss, in and upon which this Universe appears superimposed, like a snake on a rope. Be Happy.


muktābhimānī mukto hi baddho baddhābhimānyapi
kivadantīha satyeya yā mati sā gatirbhavet

He who considers himself free is free, and he who considers himself bound remains bound. ‘As one thinks so one becomes’ is a saying in the world, and it is quite true.


ātmā sākī vibhu pūra eko muktaścidakriya
asago nispha śānto bhramātsasāravāniva

The Self is witness, all pervading, perfect, One, free, Consciousness, actionless, unattached, dersireless and quiet.  Due to illusion it appears as if It is of the world.


astha bodhamadvaitamātmāna paribhāvaya
ābhāso’ha bhrama muktvā bhāva bāhyamathāntaram

Meditate on the Atman as motionless, Consciousness and non dual,  giving up the external and internal self modifications.


dehābhimānapāśena cira baddho’si putraka
bodho’ha jñānakhagena taniktya sukhī Bhava

My child, You have long been trapped in the noose of identification with the body. Sever it with the sword of knowledge “I am Consciousness”, and be happy.


nisago nikriyo’si tva svaprakāśo nirajana
ayameva hi te bandha samādhimanutiṣṭhati

You are unattached, actionless, self-effulgent and Without  any blemish. The cause of your bondage is that you are trying to quieten the mind.


tvayā vyāptamida viśva tvayi prota yathārthata
śuddhabuddhasvarūpastva mā gama kudracittatām

You pervade this Universe and this Universe exists in you. You are pure consciousness by nature. Do not be small-minded.


nirapeko nirvikāro nirbhara śītalāśaya
agādhabuddhirakubdho bhava cinmātravāsana

You are unconditioned, changeless, formless, of cool disposition, of unfathomable intelligence and unperturbed. Desire Consciousness alone.


sākāramanta viddhi nirākāra tu niścalam
etattattvopadeśena na punarbhavasabhava

Recognise that the apparent is unreal, while the unmanifest is abiding. Through this instruction you will escape from getting trapped in cycle of birth again.


yathaivādarśamadhyasthe rūpe’nta paritastu sa
tathaivā’smin śarīre’nta parita parameśvara

Just as a mirror exists within and without the image reflected in it, so the Supreme Self exists within and outside this body.


eka sarvagata vyoma bahirantaryathā ghae
nitya nirantara brahma sarvabhūtagae tathā

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.

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5 Responses to “Chapter 1 (Instruction on Self Realization)”

  1. Mukesh Shah

    Everything said is true when you move away from your ego to self one can expirience all this said.

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