yathātathopadeśena kṛtārthaḥ sattvabuddhimān
ājīvamapi jijñāsuḥ parastatra vimuhyati
Ashtavakra said: While a man of pure intellect realizes the Self by the most casual of instruction, a man if impure intellect may seek knowledge all his life and still remain bewildered.
mokṣo viṣayavairasyaṁ bandho vaiṣayiko rasaḥ
etāvadeva vijñānaṁ yathecchasi tathā kuru
Liberation is non-attachment for the objects of the senses. Bondage is love of the sense obhects. This is Knowledge. Now do as you please.
vāgmiprājñānamahodyogaṁ janaṁ mūkajaḍālasam
karoti tattvabodho’yamatastyakto bubhukṣabhiḥ
This awareness of the truth makes an eloquent, clever and energetic man dumb, stupid and lazy, so it is avoided by those who want to enjoy the world.
na tvaṁ deho na te deho bhoktā kartā na vā bhavān
cidrūpo’si sadā sākṣī nirapekṣaḥ sukhaṁ cara
You are not the body, nor is the body yours; you are not the doer of actions nor the enjoyer of their consequences. You are Consciousness itself, the eternal Witness, and free. Go about happily.
rāgadveṣau manodharmau na manaste kadācana
nirvikalpo’si bodhātmā nirvikāraḥ sukhaṁ cara
Craving and aversion are attributes of the mind. But the mind is not yours, nor ever has been. You are Intellignece itself, free from conflict and changeless. Move about happily.
sarvabhūteṣu cātmānaṁ sarvabhūtāni cātmani
vijñāya nirahaṁkāro nirmamastvaṁ sukhī Bhava
Recognising the Self in all beings, and all beings in the Self, be happy, free from egoism and the sense of ‘mine’.
viśvaṁ sphurati yatredaṁ taraṁgā iva sāgare
tattvameva na sandehaścinmūrte vijvaro Bhava
Your are the Consciousness, in which the universe manifests Itself like, like waves in the ocean. Be free from the fever of the mind.
śraddhasva tāta śraddhasva nātra mo’haṁ kuruṣva bhoḥ
jñānasvarūpo bhagavānātmā tvaṁ prakṛteḥ paraḥ
Have faith, my son, have faith. Never confuse yourself in this. You are yourself the Lord, whose very nature is Knowledge; you are the Self and you are beyond Nature.
guṇaiḥ saṁveṣṭito dehastiṣṭhatyāyāti yāti ca
ātmā na gaṁtā nāgaṁtā kimenamanuśocasi
The body invested with the senses comes, stays and goes. You yourself neither come nor go. Why, then, do you mourn it?
dehastiṣṭhatu kalpāntaṁ gacchatvadyaiva vā punaḥ
kva vṛddhiḥ kva ca vā hānistava cinmātrarūpiṇaḥ
Let the body last to the end of the time, or let it come to an end right now. What have you gained or lost, you who are Pure Intelligence?
tvayyanaṁtamahāṁbhodhau viśvavīciḥ svabhāvataḥ
udetu vāstamāyātu na te vṛddhirna vā kṣatiḥ
In you who are the infinite ocean, let the waves of universe rise or fall according to their own nature. It is no gain or loss to you.
tāta cinmātrarūpo’si na te bhinnamidaṁ jagat
ataḥ kasya kathaṁ kutra heyopādeyakalpanā
My child, you are Pure Consciousness itself, and the universe is not different from you. So who is to accept or reject it, and how, and why?
ekasminnavyaye śānte cidākāśe’male tvayi
kuto janma kuto karma kuto’haṁkāra eva ca
From where will there be birth, action, and even egoism for you who are One,
immutable, calm, stainless and Pure Consciousness
yattvaṁ paśyasi tatraikastvameva pratibhāsase
kiṁ pṛthak bhāsate svarṇāt kaṭakāṁgadanūpuram
You alone appear as whatever you perceive. How could bracelets, armlets and anklets appear different from the gold they are made of?
ayaṁ so’hamayaṁ nāhaṁ vibhāgamiti saṁtyaja
sarvamātmeti niścitya niḥsaṅkalpaḥ sukhī Bhava
Completely giving up such distinctions as “He is what I am”, and “I am not that”, recognise that “All is the Self”, and be desireless and happy.
tavaivājñānato viśvaṁ tvamekaḥ paramārthataḥ
tvatto’nyo nāsti saṁsārī nāsaṁsārī ca kaścana
It is through your ignorance alone that the universe exists. In reality you are One. Apart from you there is no individual self or Supreme Self.
bhrāntimātramidaṁ viśvaṁ na kiṁciditi niścayī
nirvāsanaḥ sphūrtimātro na kiṁcidiva śāmyati
Knowing that all this is an illusion, one becomes free of desire, pure Intellignece and peaceful, as if nothing existed.
eka eva bhavāṁbhodhāvāsīdasti bhaviṣyati
na te bandho’sti mokṣo vā kṛtyakṛtyaḥ sukhaṁ cara
In the ocean of the world One only was, is and will be. You have no bondage or liberation. Live happily and fulfilled.
mā saṅkalpavikalpābhyāṁ cittaṁ kṣobhaya cinmaya
upaśāmya sukhaṁ tiṣṭha svātmanyānandavigrahe
Being pure consciousness, do not disturb your mind with thoughts of for and against. Be calm and abide happily in your own self, which is bliss itself.
tyajaiva dhyānaṁ sarvatra mā kiṁcid hṛdi dhāraya
ātmā tvaṁ mukta evāsi kiṁ vimṛśya kariṣyasi
Completely give up even contemplation and hold nothing in your mind. You are the Self, free. what will you achieve by thinking?