ācakṣva śṛṇu vā tāta nānāśāstrāṇyanekaśaḥ
tathāpi na tava svāsthyaṁ sarvavismaraṇād ṛte
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.
bhogaṁ karma samādhiṁ vā kuru vijña tathāpi te
cittaṁ nirastasarvāśamatyarthaṁ rocayiṣyati
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 duḥkhī nainaṁ jānāti kaścana
anenaivopadeśena dhanyaḥ prāpnoti nirvṛtim
Everyone is in pain because they exert themselves. But none knows this.
The blessed one becomes free through this instruction alone
vyāpāre khidyate yastu nimeṣonmeṣayorapi
tasyālasya dhurīṇasya sukhaṁ nanyasya kasyacit
Happiness belongs to no-one but that supremely lazy man for whom even opening and closing his eyelids is a botheration.
idaṁ kṛtamidaṁ neti dvaṁdvairmuktaṁ yadā manaḥ
dharmārthakāmamokṣeṣu nirapekṣaṁ 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 viṣayadveṣṭā rāgī viṣayalolupaḥ
grahamokṣavihīnastu 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.
spṛhā 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.
pravṛttau jāyate rāgo nirvṛttau dveṣa eva hi
nirdvandvo bālavad dhīmān evameva vyavasthitaḥ
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 saṁsāraṁ rāgī duḥkhajihāsayā
vītarāgo hi nirduḥkhastasminnapi 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 mokṣe’pi dehe’pi mamatā tathā
na ca jñānī na vā yogī kevalaṁ duḥkhabhāgasau
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 hariḥ kamalajo’pi va
tathāpi na tava svāthyaṁ sarvavismaraṇādṛte
If even Shiva, Vishnu or the lotus-born Brahma were your instructor, until you have forgotten all, you cannot be established in the Self.