Chapter 16 (Special Instruction)


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aṣṭāvakra uvāca

ācakva śṛṇu vā tāta nānāśāstrāyanekaśa

tathāpi na tava svāsthya sarvavismaraād te

Ashtavakra said: My child, you may recite or listen to countless scriptures, but you will not be established in the Self until you can forget all.


bhoga karma samādhi vā kuru vijña tathāpi te

citta nirastasarvāśamatyartha rocayiyati

O wise one, you may indulge in work or meditate, but your mind will yearn for your own true nature which is beyond all objects and in which all desires are extinguished.


āyāsātsakalo dukhī naina jānāti kaścana

anenaivopadeśena dhanya prāpnoti nirvtim

Everyone is in pain because they exert themselves. But none knows this.

The blessed one becomes free through this instruction alone


vyāpāre khidyate yastu nimeonmeayorapi

tasyālasya dhurīasya sukha nanyasya kasyacit

Happiness belongs to no-one but that supremely lazy man for whom even opening and closing his eyelids is a botheration.


ida ktamida neti dvadvairmukta yadā mana

dharmārthakāmamokeu nirapeka tadā bhavet

When the mind is freed from such pairs of opposites as, “I have done this”, and “I have not done that”, it becomes indifferent to merit, wealth, sensual enjoyment and liberation.


virakto viayadveṣṭā rāgī viayalolupa

grahamokavihīnastu na virakto na rāgavān

One who abhors sense objects becomes non-attached, and one who covets them becomes attached to them. But he he who does not accept or reject is neither unattached nor attached.


heyopādeyatā tāvatsasāraviapākura

sphā jīvati yāvad vai nirvicāradaśāspadam

So long as desire, which is the state of lack of discrimination, continues, the sense of revulsion and attraction will remain, which is the root and shoot of the tree of samsara.


pravttau jāyate rāgo nirvttau dvea eva hi

nirdvandvo bālavad dhīmān evameva vyavasthita

Desire springs from activity, and aversion from abstension. The man of wisdom is free from the pairs of opposites, like a child, and indeed he lives on like a child.


hātumicchati sasāra rāgī dukhajihāsayā

vītarāgo hi nirdukhastasminnapi na khidyati

The passionate man wants to be rid of samsara so as to avoid pain, but the dispassionate one is free from sorrow and does not feel miserable even in the world.


yasyābhimāno moke’pi dehe’pi mamatā tathā

na ca jñānī na vā yogī kevala dukhabhāgasau

He who is proud about even liberation or his own body, and feels them his own, is neither a seer nor a yogi. He is still just a sufferer.


haro yadyupadeṣṭā te hari kamalajo’pi va

tathāpi na tava svāthya sarvavismaraādte

If even Shiva, Vishnu or the lotus-born Brahma were your instructor, until you have forgotten all, you cannot be established in the Self.


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