Ashtavakra Gita

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Thousands of years ago there was a king named Janaka. He had attained the highest position in a peaceful and prosperous society, with a vast knowledge of life. But even then he was restless and wanted to know more. One day an enlightened Master named Ashtavakra arrived at Janaka’s court. What unfolded, says H.H Sri… Read more »

Ashtavakra Gita

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|| Om Shanti Om Shanti Om Shanti ||  The Ashtavakra Gita: “The most unique conversation that has ever taken place on this earth” as described by H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar The Ashtavakra Gita documents the unveiling of the highest knowledge in the form of a dialogue between the sage Ashtavakra and the wise King Janaka many thousands of… Read more »

Chapter 1 (Instruction on Self Realization)

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Janaka uvāca kathaṁ jñānamavāpnoti kathaṁ muktirbhaviṣyati vairāgyaṁ ca kathaṁ prāptaṁ etad brūhi mama prabho Janaka said : How can knowledge be acquired? How can liberation be attained? How is dispassion possible? Tell me this, O Lord. Aṣṭāvakra uvāca muktiṁ icchasi cettāta viṣayān viṣavattyaja kṣamārjavadayātoṣasatyaṁ pīyūṣavad bhaja Ashtavakra said:  If you aspire liberation, my child, shun the objects… Read more »

Chapter 2 (Joy of Self Realization)

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Janaka uvāca aho niraṁjanaḥ śānto bodho’haṁ prakṛteḥ paraḥ etāvantamahaṁ kālaṁ mohenaiva viḍaṁbitaḥ Janaka  said: Oh, I am spotless, tranquil, Pure Consciousness, and beyond Nature. All this time I have been deceived by illusion. yathā prakāśayāmyeko dehamenaṁ tathā jagat ato mama jagatsarvamathavā na ca kiṁcana As I alone give reveal this body, even so do I… Read more »

Chapter 3 (Test of Self Realization)

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Aṣṭāvakra uvāca avināśinamātmānaṁ ekaṁ vijñāya tattvataḥ tavātmajñānasya dhīrasya kathamarthārjane ratiḥ Ashtavakra said: Having known yourself as truly indestructible and One, how is it that you, the knower of the Self, feel any pleasure in acquiring wealth? ātmājñānādaho prītirviṣayabhramagocare śukterajñānato lobho yathā rajatavibhrame Truly, when one does not know oneself, one takes pleasure in the objects of mistaken… Read more »

Chapter 5 (Four ways to dissolve)

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aṣṭāvakra uvāca na te saṁgo’sti kenāpi kiṁ śuddhastyaktumicchasi saṁghātavilayaṁ kurvannevameva layaṁ vraja Ashtavakra said: You are free from contact with anything whatsoever. Therefore, pure as you are, what do you want to renounce? Accordingly, dissolve away this body complex mix and merge back into your unmixed reality. udeti bhavato viśvaṁ vāridheriva budbudaḥ iti jñātvaikamātmānaṁ evameva layaṁ… Read more »

Chapter 4 (Glorification of Self Realization)

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janaka uvāca hantātmajñānasya dhīrasya khelato bhogalīlayā na hi saṁsāravāhīkairmūḍhaiḥ saha samānatā Janaka: Oh, the wise man, the knower of the Self, who plays the game of life bears no resemblance whatever to deluded beasts of burden of the world. yat padaṁ prepsavo dīnāḥ śakrādyāḥ sarvadevatāḥ aho tatra sthito yogī na harṣamupagacchati Truly the yogi does… Read more »

Chapter 6 (The higher knowledge)

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janaka uvāca ākāśavadananto’haṁ ghaṭavat prākṛtaṁ jagat iti jñānaṁ tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho layaḥ Janaka said: I am unbounded like space, and the phenomenal world is like a jar; this is knowledge. It has neither to be renounced, nor accepted nor destroyed. mahodadhirivāhaṁ sa prapaṁco vīcisa’nnibhaḥ iti jñānaṁ tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho layaḥ I… Read more »

Chapter 7 (Nature of Self Realisation)

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janaka uvāca mayyanaṁtamahāṁbhodhau viśvapota itastataḥ bhramati svāṁtavātena na mamāstyasahiṣṇutā Janaka said: In the infinite ocean of myself the world boat drifts here and there, impelled by the wind of its own inner nature. I am not impatient. mayyanaṁtamahāṁbhodhau jagadvīciḥ svabhāvataḥ udetu vāstamāyātu na me vṛddhirna ca kṣatiḥ In me, the limitless ocean, let the wave of… Read more »

Chapter 8 (Bondage and Liberation)

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aṣṭāvakra uvāca tadā bandho yadā cittaṁ kincid vāṁchati śocati kiṁcin muṁcati gṛṇhāti kiṁcid dṛṣyati kupyati Ashtavakra said: Bondage is when the mind desires or grieves for anything, rejects or accepts anything, feels happy or angry at anything. tadā muktiryadā cittaṁ na vāṁchati na śocati na muṁcati na gṛṇhāti na hṛṣyati na kupyati Liberation is attained when… Read more »