Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Swami ioned. The Ashtavakra Gita, or the Ashtavakra Samhita as it is sometimes called, is a very ancient Sanskrit text. Nothing seems to be known about the author, though. ‘Ashtavakra Gita’ is one of the advaitic masterpieces. Without mincing matters it comes out with the advaitic truth, the whole truth and nothing but advaita which is .

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That which is experienced within by one who is desireless and free from pain, and content to rest in himself — how could it be described, and of whom? For me who am forever actionless, there is no distraction or one-pointedness of mind, no lack asshtavakra understanding, no stupidity, no joy and no sorrow.

There is also a parallel with the Sanskrit throughout if you’re the scholarly type. None of these senses please a man who has found satisfaction within, just as Nimba leaves do not please the elephant that has acquired the taste for Sallaki leaves.

Ashtavakra Gita

How can there be self-knowledge for him whose knowledge depends on what he sees? A book that shakes the entire foundation and builds it strong based on subjective experiences Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan refers to it with great respect.

When I was trying to explore more Advaita Vedanta philosophy, this text was by far the most recommended next to the Avadhuta Gita. Be at peace and remain happily in yourself, the essence of joy.


Ashtavakra Gita – Wikipedia

May it be so for many others. The dominion of heaven or beggary, gain or loss, life among men or in the forest, these make no difference to a yogi whose nature it is to be free from distinctions. In the infinite ocean of myself, the wind of thought subsides, and the world boat of the living-being traders is wrecked by lack of goods.

Yogis who identify themselves with their bodies are insistent on fulfilling and avoiding certain actions, but I live as I please abandoning attachment and rejection. Of all four categories of beings, from Brahma down to the last clump of grass, only the man of knowledge is capable of eliminating desire and aversion. How can bracelets, armlets and anklets be different from the gold they are made of? The illusion has lost its basis and ceased. You are not the body, nor is the body yours, nor are you the doer of actions or the reaper of their consequences.

You do not consist of any of the elements — earth, water, fire, air, or even ether. Brockington, emeritus professor of Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh, places the Ashtavakra Gita much later, supposing it to have been written either in the eighth century CE by a follower of Shankaraor in the fourteenth century during a resurgence of Shankara’s teaching.

How many births have you not done hard and painful labour with body, mind, and speech. He feels no desire for the elimination of all this, nor anger at its continuing, so the fortunate man lives happily with whatever sustinence presents itself.


There is no attachment in the heart of a wise man whether he sees or pays homage to a learned brahmin, a celestial being, a holy place, a woman, a king or a friend. You are free by nature, so what will you achieve by forcing the mind?

Recognise that the apparent is unreal, while the unmanifest is abiding. When there is nothing to achieve what is he to do? The body, heaven and hell, bondage and liberation, and fear too, all this is pure imagination. Print – Paper dc.

Unmoved and undistressed, realising that being, non-being and change are of the very nature of things, one easily finds peace.

Ashtavakra Samhita

In a nutshell, in the sight of the seer nothing exists at all. How could I imagine there is anything there to take up or reject?

Establishing yourself in firm dispassion, be free of passion and happy. He who is content, with purified senses, and always enjoys solitude, has gained the fruit of knowledge and the fruit of the practice of yoga too.

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