Ashtavakra Gita [sanskrit]

by John Richards | 1994 | 2,996 words

Ashtavakra Gita is a Sanskrit text belonging to the Advaita Vedanta school of orthodox Indian philosophy, instructing the reader in some of the core concepts. Traditionally believed to be authored by sage Ashtavakra, it is presented in the form of a dialogue between him and Janaka, king of Mithila. Alternative titles: अष्टावक्रगीता, Aṣṭāvakragītā, Astavakragita, अष्टावक्र-गीता, Aṣṭāvakra-gītā.

Chapter 1

janaka uvāca |
kathaṃ jñānamavāpnoti kathaṃ muktirbhaviṣyati |
vairāgyaṃ ca kathaṃ prāptametadbrūhi mama prabho || 1 ||
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aṣṭāvakra uvāca |
muktimicchasi cettāta viṣayānviṣavattyaja |
kṣamārjavadayātoṣasatyaṃ pīyūṣavadbhaja || 2 ||
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na pṛthvī na jalaṃ nāgnirna vāyurdyaurna vā bhavān |
eṣāṃ sākṣiṇamātmānaṃ cidrūpaṃ viddhi muktaye || 3 ||
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yadi dehaṃ pṛthakkṛtya citi viśrāmya tiṣṭhasi |
adhunaiva sukhī śānto bandhamukto bhaviṣyasi || 4 ||
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na tvaṃ viprādiko varṇo nāśramī nākṣagocaraḥ |
asaṅgo'si nirākāro viśvasākṣī sukhī bhava || 5 ||
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dharmādharmau sukhaṃ duḥkhaṃ mānasāni na te bibho |
na kartā'si na bhoktā'si mukta evā'si sarvadā || 6 ||
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eko draṣṭā'si sarvasya muktaprāyo'si sarvadā |
ayameva hi te bandho draṣṭāraṃ paśyasītaram || 7 ||
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ahaṃ kartetyahammānamahākṛṣṇāhidaṃśitaḥ |
nāhaṃ karteti viśvāsāmṛtaṃ pītvā sukhī bhava || 8 ||
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eko viśuddhabodho'hamiti niścayavahninā |
prajvālyājñānagahanaṃ vītaśokaḥ sukhī bhava || 9 ||
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yatra viśvamidaṃ bhāti kalpitaṃ rajjusarpavat |
ānandaparamānandaḥ sa bodhastvaṃ sukhaṃ cara || 10 ||
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muktābhimānī mukto hi baddho baddhābhimānyapi |
kiṃvadantīha satyeyaṃ yā matiḥ sā gatirbhavet || 11 ||
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ātmā sākṣī vibhuḥ pūrṇa eko muktaścidakriyaḥ |
asaṅgo niḥspṛhaḥ śānto bhramātsaṃsāravāniva || 12 ||
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kūṭasthaṃ bodhamadvaitamātmānaṃ paribhāvaya |
ābhāso'haṃ bhramaṃ muktvā bhāvaṃ bāhyamathāntaram || 13 ||
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dehābhimānapāśena ciraṃ baddho'si putraka |
bodho'haṃ jñānakhaḍgena tanniṣkṛtya sukhī bhava || 14 ||
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niḥsaṅgo niṣkriyo'si tvaṃ svaprakāśo nirañjanaḥ |
ayameva hi te bandhaḥ samādhimanutiṣṭhasi || 15 ||
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tvayā vyāptamidaṃ viśvaṃ tvayi protaṃ yathārthataḥ |
śuddhabuddhasvarūpastvaṃ mā gamaḥ kṣudracittatām || 16 ||
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nirapekṣo nirvikāro nirbharaḥ śītalāśayaḥ |
agādhabuddhirakṣubdho bhava cinmātravāsanaḥ || 17 ||
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sākāramanṛtaṃ viddhi nirākāraṃ tu niścalam |
etattattvopadeśena na punarbhavasaṃbhavaḥ || 18 ||
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yathaivādarśamadhyasthe rūpe'ntaḥ paritastu saḥ |
tathaivā'smiñcharīre'ntaḥ paritaḥ parameśvaraḥ || 19 ||
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ekaṃ sarvagataṃ vyoma bahirantaryathā ghaṭe |
nityaṃ nirantaraṃ brahma sarvabhūtagaṇe tathā || 20 ||
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Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Chapter 1

Cover of edition (1994)

Ashtavakra Gita (song of Ashtavakra)
by John Richards (1994)

Or the Song of Ashtavakra, Ashtavakra Samhita

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Cover of edition (2016)

Astavakra (Ashtavakra) Gita
by Swami Chinmayananda (2016)

Sanskrit Text, Transliteration, Word-to-Word Meaning, Translation and Detailed Commentary

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Cover of edition (2013)

Ashtavakra Gita
by Kaka Hariom (2013)

Word-to-Word Meaning with Hindi Translation

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