vihāya vairiṇaṁ kāmamarthaṁ cānarthasaṁkulam
dharmamapyetayorhetuṁ sarvatrādaraṁ kuru
Ashtavakra said: Abandoning desire – the enemy, along with gain, (full of mischief), and good deeds which are the cause of the other two – practice indifference to everything.
svapnendrajālavat paśya dināni trīṇi paṁca vā
Look upon friends, lands, money, property, wife, and bequests as nothing but a dream or a juggler’s show lasting only a few days.
yatra yatra bhavettṛṣṇā saṁsāraṁ viddhi tatra vai
prauḍhavairāgyamāśritya vītatṛṣṇaḥ sukhī Bhava
Wherever a desire occurs, see the world in it. Establishing yourself in firm dispassion, go beyond desire and be happy.
tṛṣṇāmātrātmako bandhastannāśo mokṣa ucyate
The essential nature of bondage is nothing other than desire, and the destruction of desire is known as liberation. Only by non-attachment to the world does one attain the costant joy of realization of the Self.
tvamekaścetanaḥ śuddho jaḍaṁ viśvamasattathā
avidyāpi na kiṁcitsā kā bubhutsā tathāpi te
You are One, Pure Intelligence. The universe is non-intelligent and unreal. Ignorance also is no real entity. What can you yet desire to know?
rājyaṁ sutāḥ kalatrāṇi śarīrāṇi sukhāni ca
saṁsaktasyāpi naṣṭāni tava janmani janmani
Kingdoms, children, wives, bodies and pleasures -have all been lost to you, life after life, even though you were attached to them.
alamarthena kāmena sukṛtenāpi karmaṇā
ebhyaḥ saṁsārakāntāre na viśrāntamabhūn manaḥ
Enough of prosperity, sensuality and pious deeds! The mind did not find repose in these in the dreary forest of the world.
kṛtaṁ na kati janmāni kāyena manasā girā
duḥkhamāyāsadaṁ karma tadadyāpyuparamyatām
For how many births have you not done hard and painful labour with body, mind and speech. Now at last stop!