Ashtavakra Gita.

janaka uvāca

ākāśavadananto’ha ghaavat prākta jagat
iti jñāna tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho laya

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.


mahodadhirivāha sa prapaco vīcisa’nnibha
iti jñāna tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho laya

I am like the ocean, and the multiplicity of objects is comparable to a wave;  this is Knowledge. It has neither to be renounced, nor accepted nor destroyed.


aha sa śuktisakāśo rūpyavad viśvakalpanā
iti jñāna tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho laya

I am like the mother of pearl, and the imagined world is like the silver; this is Knowledge. It has neither to be renounced, nor accepted nor destroyed.


aha vā sarvabhūteu sarvabhūtānyatho mayi
iti jñāna tathaitasya na tyāgo na graho laya

I am indeed in all beings, and all beings are in me. This is Knowledge. It has neither to be renounced, nor accepted nor destroyed

Ashtavakra Gita.

janaka uvāca

mayyanatamahābhodhau viśvapota itastata
bhramati svātavātena 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.


mayyanatamahābhodhau jagadvīci svabhāvata
udetu vāstamāyātu na me vddhirna ca kati

In me, the limitless ocean, let the wave of the world rise or vanish of itself. I neither increase nor decrease thereby.


mayyanatamahābhodhau viśva nāma vikalpanā
atiśāto nirākāra etadevāhamāsthita

In me, the boundless ocean, is the imagination of the universe. I am supremely peaceful and formless. In this alone do I abide.


nātmā bhāveu no bhāvastatrānante nirajane
ityasakto’spha śānta etadevāhamāstita

My true nature is not contained in objects, nor does any object exist in it, for it is infinite and spotless. It is tranquil and free from attachment and desire. In this alone do I abide.


aho cinmātramevāha indrajālopama jagat”
iti mama katha kutra heyopādeyakalpanā

Truly, I am Consciousness itself. The world is like a juggler’s show. So how and where can there be any thought of rejection and acceptance in me?

Ashtavakra Gita.

aṣṭāvakra uvāca

tadā bandho yadā citta kincid vāchati śocati
kicin mucati gṛṇhāti kicid 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 citta na vāchati na śocati
na mucati na gṛṇhāti na hṛṣyati na kupyati

Liberation is attained when the mind does not desire or grieve or reject or accept or feel happy or angry.


tadā bandho yadā citta sakta kāśvapi dṛṣṭiu
tadā moko yadā cittamasakta sarvadṛṣṭiu

Bondage is when the mind is attached to any sense experience. Liberation is when the mind is detached from all sense experiences.


yadā nāha tadā moko yadāha bandhana tadā
matveti helayā kicinmā ga vimuca mā

When there is no “I” that is liberation, and when there is “I” there is bondage. Considering thus, refrain from accepting or rejecting anything.

Ashtavakra Gita.

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.

Ashtavakra Gita.

aṣṭāvakra uvāca

vihāya vairia kāmamartha cānarthasakulam
dharmamapyetayorhetu sarvatrādara kuru

Ashtavakra said: Abandoning desire – the enemy, along with gain, (full of mischief), and good deeds which are the cause of the other two – practice indifference to everything.


svapnendrajālavat paśya dināni trīi paca vā
mitraketradhanāgāradāradāyādisapada

Look upon friends, lands, money, property, wife, and bequests as nothing but a dream or a juggler’s show lasting only a few days.


yatra yatra bhavettṛṣṇā sasāra viddhi tatra vai
prauhavairāgyamāśritya vītatṛṣṇa sukhī Bhava

Wherever a desire occurs, see the world in it. Establishing yourself in firm dispassion, go beyond desire and be happy.


tṛṣṇāmātrātmako bandhastannāśo moka ucyate
bhavāsasaktimātrea prāptituṣṭirmuhurmuhu

The essential nature of bondage is nothing other than desire, and the destruction of desire is known as liberation. Only by non-attachment to the world does one attain the costant joy of realization of the Self.


tvamekaścetana śuddho jaa viśvamasattathā
avidyāpi na kicitsā kā bubhutsā tathāpi te

You are One, Pure Intelligence. The universe is non-intelligent and unreal. Ignorance also is no real entity. What can you yet desire to know?


rājya sutā kalatrāi śarīrāi sukhāni ca
sasaktasyāpi naṣṭāni tava janmani janmani

Kingdoms, children, wives, bodies and  pleasures -have all been lost to you, life after life, even though you were attached to them.


alamarthena kāmena suktenāpi karmaā
ebhya sasārakāntāre na viśrāntamabhūn mana

Enough of prosperity, sensuality and pious deeds! The mind did not find repose in these in the dreary forest of the world.


kta na kati janmāni kāyena manasā girā
dukhamāyāsada karma tadadyāpyuparamyatām

For how many births have you not done hard and painful labour with body, mind and speech. Now at last stop!

Ashtavakra Gita.

aṣṭāvakra uvāca

bhāvābhāvavikāraśca svabhāvāditi niścayī
nirvikāro gatakleśa sukhenaivopaśāmyati

Ashtavakra said: He who has realized that change in the form of existence and destruction is in the nature of things, easily finds repose, being unperturbed and free from pain.


īśvara sarvanirmātā nehānya iti niścayī
antargalitasarvāśa śānta kvāpi na sajjate

He who has known for certain that the Lord is the creator of all and that is there is none else here, becomes peaceful with all his inner desires set at rest, and is no longer attached to anything.


āpada sapada kāle daivādeveti niścayī
tpta svasthendriyo nitya na vānchati na śocati

Realising that misfortune and fortune come in their own time through the effects of past actions, one is ever contented, has all senses under control, and neither desires nor grieves.


sukhadukhe janmamtyū daivādeveti niścayī
sādhyādarśī nirāyāsa kurvannapi na lipyate

He who knows for certain that happiness and misery, birth and death are due to the effects of past actions, does not find anything to accomplish, and thus becomes free from care is not attached even though engaged in  action.


cintayā jāyate dukha nānyatheheti niścayī
tayā hīna sukhī śānta sarvatra galitaspha

He who has realized that it is thinking that breeds misery in this world, becomes free from it, and is happy, peaceful and everywhere rid of desires.


nāha deho na me deho bodho’hamiti niścayī
kaivalya iva saprāpto na smaratyakta ktam

Realising, “I am not the body, nor is the body mine. I am awareness”, one attains the supreme state and no longer remembers what he has done or not done.


ābrahmastabaparyanta ahameveti niścayī
nirvikalpa śuci śānta prāptāprāptavinirvta

“I alone exist in everything, from Brahma down a clump of grass”, – he who knows this for certain becomes free from uncertainty, pure, peaceful and free from concerns about what has been attained or not attained.


nāścaryamida viśva na kiciditi niścayī
nirvāsana sphūrtimātro na kicidiva śāmyati

He who realizes that all this varied and wonderful universe is nothing, becomes desireless and Pure Consciousness, and finds peace as if nothing exists.

Ashtavakra Gita.

janaka uvāca

kāyaktyāsaha pūrva tato vāgvistarāsaha
atha cintāsahastasmād evamevāhamāsthita

Janaka said: First of all I became averse to physical activity, then to lengthy speech, and finally to thinking itself. Which is why I am now established.


prītyabhāvena śabdāderadśyatvena cātmana
vikepaikāgrahdaya evamevāhamāsthita

Having no attachment for sound and other sense objects, and the Self not being an object of perception, my mind is freed from distraction and is one pointed. Thus therefore do I firmly abide.


samādhyāsādivikiptau vyavahāra samādhaye
eva vilokya niyama evamevāhamāsthita

An effort has to be made for concentration when there is distraction of mind owing to super imposition etc. Seeing this to be the rule, thus do I firmly abide.


heyopādeyavirahād eva haraviādayo
abhāvādadya he brahmann evamevāhamāsthita

By relinquishing the sense of rejection and acceptance, and having neither Joy nor sorrow, thus, oh wise one, I am now established.


āśramānāśrama dhyāna cittasvīktavarjanam
vikalpa mama vīkyaitairevamevāhamāsthita

Life in a community, then going beyond such a state, meditation, control of mental functions – finding that these cause distractions to me, thus I am now established.


karmānuṣṭhānamajñānād yathaivoparamastathā
budhvā samyagida tattva evamevāhamāsthita

Abandoning action is as much the outcome of ignorance as the performance of action. By fully recognising this truth, thus do I firmly abide


acitya cityamāno’pi cintārūpa bhajatyasau
tyaktvā tadbhāvana tasmād evamevāhamāsthita

Think on the the unthinkable One, one only has recourse to a form of thought. Abandoning such a thought therefore, I am now established.


evameva kta yena sa ktārtho bhavedasau
evameva svabhāvo ya sa ktārtho bhavedasau

He who has achieved this has achieved the goal of life. Blessed is he who is such by nature.

Ashtavakra Gita.

janaka uvāca

akicanabhava svāstha kaupīnatve’pi durlabham
tyāgādāne vihāyāsmādahamāse yathāsukham

Janaka said : The inner freedom which is born of the consciousness that there is nothing but the Self is reare even for one who wears but a loin cloth. Therefore, giving up renunciation and acceptance, I live happily.


kutrāpi kheda kāyasya jihvā kutrāpi khedyate
mana kutrāpi tattyaktvā puruārthe sthita sukham

Sometimes one experiences distress because of one’s body, sometimes because of one’s speech, and sometimes because of one’s mind. Having renounced these, in life’s supreme goal I live happily.


kta kimapi naiva syād iti sacintya tattvata
yadā yatkartumāyāti tat ktvāse yathāsukham

Recognising that nothing whatsoever is really one by the Self, I do whatever presents itself to be done and so I live happily.


karmanaikarmyanirbandhabhāvā dehasthayogina
sayogāyogavirahādahamāse yathāsukham

Yogis, who identify themselves with their bodies, insist upon action or inaction.  But I live as I please in the absence of attachment and rejection.


arthānarthau na me sthityā gatyā na śayanena vā
tiṣṭhan gacchan svapan tasmādahamāse yathāsukham

No gain or loss accrues to me by standing, walking or sleeping. So I live happily whether I stand, walk or sleep.


svapato nāsti me hāni siddhiryatnavato na vā
nāśollāsau vihāyāsmadahamāse yathāsukham

I lose nothing by sleeping and gain nothing by effort, so consequently I live as I please, abandoning loss and success.


sukhādirūpā niyama bhāvevālokya bhūriśa
śubhāśubhe vihāyāsmādahamāse yathāsukham

Observing repeatedly the inconstancy of pleasure and pain under different circumstances, I have renounced good and evil and I live happily.

Ashtavakra Gita.

janaka uvāca

praktyā śūnyacitto ya pramādād bhāvabhāvana
nidrito bodhita iva kīasasmarao hi sa

Janaka said : He verily has his recollections of worldly life exhausted, who is empty minded by bature, who think of sense objects involuntarily and who is, as it were, awake though asleep.


kva dhanāni kva mitrāi kva me viayadasyava
kva śāstra kva ca vijñāna yadā me galitā sp

When desire has melted away, where then are my riches, my friends, robbers in the form of senses, where the scriptures or knowledge?


vijñāte sākipurue paramātmani ceśvare
nairāśye badhamoke ca na citā muktaye mama

Realising my Supreme Self to be the Witness and the Lord, I have become indifferent to both bondage and liberation. I feel no inclination for liberation.


atarvikalpaśūnyasya bahi svacchandacāria
bhrāntasyeva daśāstāstāstādśā eva jānate

The different states of one who within is free of uncertainty, but outwardly wanders about at his own pleasure like an idiot, can only be understood by those like him.

Ashtavakra Gita.

aṣṭāvakra uvāca

yathātathopadeśena ktārtha sattvabuddhimān
ājīvamapi jijñāsu 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.


moko viayavairasya bandho vaiayiko rasa
etāvadeva vijñāna 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.


vāgmiprājñānamahodyoga jana mūkajaālasam
karoti tattvabodho’yamatastyakto bubhukabhi

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 tva deho na te deho bhoktā kartā na vā bhavān
cidrūpo’si sadā sākī nirapeka sukha 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.


rāgadveau manodharmau na manaste kadācana
nirvikalpo’si bodhātmā nirvikāra sukha 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.


sarvabhūteu cātmāna sarvabhūtāni cātmani
vijñāya nirahakāro nirmamastva sukhī Bhava

Recognising the Self in all beings, and all beings in the Self, be happy, free from egoism and the sense of ‘mine’.


viśva sphurati yatreda taragā 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’ha kuruva bho
jñānasvarūpo bhagavānātmā tva prakte para

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.


guai saveṣṭito dehastiṣṭhatyāyāti yāti ca
ātmā na gatā nāgatā kimenamanuśocasi

The body invested with the senses comes, stays and goes. You yourself neither come nor go. Why, then, do you mourn it?


dehastiṣṭhatu kalpānta gacchatvadyaiva vā puna
kva vddhi kva ca vā hānistava cinmātrarūpia

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?


tvayyanatamahābhodhau viśvavīci svabhāvata
udetu vāstamāyātu na te vddhirna vā kati

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 bhinnamida jagat
ata kasya katha 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’hakāra eva ca

From where will there be birth, action, and even egoism for you who are One,
immutable, calm, stainless and Pure Consciousness


yattva paśyasi tatraikastvameva pratibhāsase
ki pthak bhāsate svarāt kaakāgadanūpuram

You alone appear as whatever you perceive. How could bracelets, armlets and anklets appear different from the gold they are made of?


aya so’hamaya nāha vibhāgamiti satyaja
sarvamātmeti niścitya nisakalpa 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 viśva tvameka paramārthata
tvatto’nyo nāsti sasārī nāsasārī 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.


bhrāntimātramida viśva na kiciditi niścayī
nirvāsana sphūrtimātro na kicidiva śāmyati

Knowing that all this is an illusion, one becomes free of desire, pure Intellignece and peaceful, as if nothing existed.


eka eva bhavābhodhāvāsīdasti bhaviyati
na te bandho’sti moko vā ktyaktya sukha 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 sakalpavikalpābhyā citta kobhaya cinmaya
upaśāmya sukha 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 dhyāna sarvatra mā kicid hdi dhāraya
ātmā tva mukta evāsi ki vimśya kariyasi

Completely give up even contemplation and hold nothing in your mind. You are the Self, free. what will you achieve by thinking?