Chapter 9 (Detachment)


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aṣṭāvakra uvāca

ktākte ca dvandvāni kadā śāntāni kasya vā
eva jñātveha nirvedād bhava tyāgaparo’vratī

Ashtavakra said:  Duties done and not done, as well as the pairs of opposites – when do they cease and for whom? Knowing thus, be desireless and intent on renunciation through complete indifference to the world.


kasyāpi tāta dhanyasya lokaceṣṭāvalokanāt
jīvitecchā bubhukā ca bubhutsopaśama gatā

Rare indeed, my child, is the lucky person whose observation desire for life, enjoyment and learning have been extinguished by observing the ways of the men.


anitya sarvameveda tāpatrayadūitam
asara nindita heyamiti niścitya śāmyati

The wise man becomes calm by relaising that all this is impermanent and vitiated by the threefold misery and is unsubstantial and omtemptible and should be rejected.


ko’sau kālo vaya ki vā yatra dvandvāni no nṛṇām
tānyupekya yathāprāptavartī siddhimavāpnuyāt

When was that age or time of life when the dualism of extremes did not exist for men? Abandoning them, one who is content with whatever comes of itself  attains perfection.


nā mata maharīā sādhūnā yoginā tathā
dṛṣṭvā nirvedamāpanna ko Ena śāmyati mānava

Who does not attain peace and indifference to learning when he has seen the differences of opinions among the great sages, saints and yogis?


ktvā mūrtiparijñāna caitanyasya na ki guru
nirvedasamatāyuktyā yastārayati saste

Is he not a guru who, endowed with dispassion and equanimity, gains full knowledge of the nature of Pure Consciousness, and saves himself from the round of birth and rebirth.


paśya bhūtavikārāstva bhūtamātrān yathārthata
tatkaād bandhanirmukta svarūpastho bhaviyasi

If you would just see the transformations of the elements as nothing more than the elements, then you would at once be free from all bonds and abide in your true self.


vāsanā eva sasāra iti sarvā vimuca tā
tattyāgo vāsanātyāgātsthitiradya yathā tathā

Desires alone are the world. Knowing this, therefore, renounce them. The renunciation of desire is the renunciation of world . Now you may live anywhere.


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