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 1.17

निरपेक्षो निर्विकारो निर्भरः शीतलाशयः ।
अगाधबुद्धिरक्षुब्धो भव चिन्मात्रवासनः ॥ १७ ॥

nirapekṣo nirvikāro nirbharaḥ śītalāśayaḥ |
agādhabuddhirakṣubdho bhava cinmātravāsanaḥ || 17 ||

You are unconditioned and changeless, formless and immovable, unfathomable awareness and unperturbable, so hold to nothing but consciousness.

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 (1.17). Some terms could be superfluous while some might not be mentioned. Click on the word to show English definitions.

Nirapeksha, Nirvikara, Nirbhara, Shitala, Ashaya, Ashi, Agadha, Buddhi, Kshubdha, Bhava, Cinmatra, Vasana,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 1.17). 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: “nirapekṣo nirvikāro nirbharaḥ śītalāśayaḥ
  • nirapekṣo* -
  • nirapekṣa (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • nirvikāro* -
  • nirvikāra (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • nirbharaḥ -
  • nirbhara (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • śītalā -
  • śītala (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    śītala (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    śītalā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • āśayaḥ -
  • āśaya (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
    āśi (noun, feminine)
    [nominative plural], [vocative plural]
  • Line 2: “agādhabuddhirakṣubdho bhava cinmātravāsanaḥ
  • agādha -
  • agādha (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    agādha (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • buddhir -
  • buddhi (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • a -
  • a (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • kṣubdho* -
  • kṣubdha (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
    kṣubh -> kṣubdha (participle, masculine)
    [nominative single from √kṣubh class 1 verb], [nominative single from √kṣubh class 4 verb], [nominative single from √kṣubh class 5 verb], [nominative single from √kṣubh class 9 verb]
  • bhava -
  • bhava (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    bhava (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    bhū (verb class 1)
    [imperative active second single]
  • cinmātra -
  • cinmātra (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    cinmātra (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • vāsanaḥ -
  • vāsana (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]

Other editions:

Also see the following editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 1.17

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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