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.

Verse 1.8

अहं कर्तेत्यहम्मानमहाकृष्णाहिदंशितः ।
नाहं कर्तेति विश्वासामृतं पीत्वा सुखी भव ॥ ८ ॥

ahaṃ kartetyahammānamahākṛṣṇāhidaṃśitaḥ |
nāhaṃ karteti viśvāsāmṛtaṃ pītvā sukhī bhava || 8 ||

Since you have been bitten by the black snake of the self-opinion that “I am the doer”, drink the nectar of faith in the fact that “I am not the doer”, and be happy.

English translation by John Richards (1994) Read online

Glossary of Sanskrit terms

Note: This extracts Sanskrit terms and links to English definitions from the glossary, based on an experimental segmentation of verse (1.8). Some terms could be superfluous while some might not be mentioned. Click on the word to show English definitions.

Aha, Asmad, Ahammana, Mahakrishna, Ahi, Damshita, Naha, Kartri, Karta, Iti, Vishva, Ritam, Rita, Pitva, Sukhi, Sukhin, Bhava,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 1.8). If the system was successful in segmenting the sentence, you will see of which words it is made up of, generally consisting of Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Participles and Indeclinables. Click on the link to show all possible derivations of the word.

  • Line 1: “ahaṃ kartetyahammānamahākṛṣṇāhidaṃśitaḥ
  • aham -
  • aha (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    asmad (pronoun, none)
    [nominative single]
  • kartet -
  • kṛt (verb class 1)
    [optative active third single]
  • ya -
  • i (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [adverb], [nominative dual], [vocative dual], [accusative dual]
    ī (noun, feminine)
    [compound], [adverb]
    ī (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [adverb]
    e (noun, masculine)
    [adverb]
  • ahammāna -
  • ahammāna (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    ahammāna (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • mahākṛṣṇā -
  • mahākṛṣṇa (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • ahi -
  • ahi (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [adverb]
    ahī (noun, feminine)
    [adverb], [vocative single]
    ahī (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [vocative single]
  • daṃśitaḥ -
  • daṃśita (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • Line 2: “nāhaṃ karteti viśvāsāmṛtaṃ pītvā sukhī bhava
  • nāham -
  • nāha (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
  • karte -
  • karta (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single], [locative single]
    kartṛ (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
    kartā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single], [nominative dual], [vocative single], [vocative dual], [accusative dual]
    kṛ (verb class 1)
    [periphrastic-future active third single]
    kṛ (verb class 2)
    [periphrastic-future active third single]
    kṛ (verb class 5)
    [periphrastic-future active third single]
    kṛ (verb class 8)
    [periphrastic-future active third single]
    kṛ (verb class 3)
    [periphrastic-future active third single]
    kṛ (verb class 6)
    [periphrastic-future active third single]
    kṛt (verb class 1)
    [imperative active second single]
  • iti -
  • iti (indeclinable particle)
    [indeclinable particle]
    iti (noun, feminine)
    [compound], [adverb]
  • viśvāsām -
  • viśvā (noun, feminine)
    [genitive plural]
  • ṛtam -
  • ṛtam (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    ṛta (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    ṛta (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    ṛtā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • pītvā -
  • pītvā (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √]
    -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √]
    -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √]
    pai -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √pai]
    pi -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √pi]
    pi -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √pi]
    pi -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √pi]
    pi -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √pi]
    -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √]
    -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √]
    -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √]
    -> pītvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √]
  • sukhī -
  • sukhī (noun, masculine)
    [compound]
    sukhī (noun, feminine)
    [compound], [nominative single]
    sukhin (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • bhava -
  • bhava (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    bhava (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    bhū (verb class 1)
    [imperative active second single]

Other editions:

Also see the following editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 1.8

Cover of edition (1994)

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

Or the Song of Ashtavakra, Ashtavakra Samhita

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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