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.

aṣṭāvakra uvāca |
avināśinamātmānamekaṃ vijñāya tattvataḥ |
tavātmajñānadhīrasya kathamarthārjane ratiḥ || 1 ||
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ātmā'jñānādaho prītirviṣayabhramagocare |
śukterajñānato lobho yathā rajatavibhrame || 2 ||
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viśvaṃ sphurati yatredaṃ taraṅgā iva sāgare |
so'hamasmīti vijñāya kiṃ dīna iva dhāvasi || 3 ||
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śrutvāpi śuddhacaitanyamātmānamatisundaram |
upasthe'tyantasaṃsakto mālinyamadhigacchati || 4 ||
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sarvabhūteṣu cātmānaṃ sarvabhūtāni cātmani |
munerjānata āścaryaṃ mamatvamanuvartate || 5 ||
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āsthitaḥ paramādvaitaṃ mokṣārthe'pi vyavasthitaḥ |
āścaryaṃ kāmavaśago vikalaḥ keliśikṣayā || 6 ||
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udbhūtaṃ jñānadurmitramavadhāryātidurbalaḥ |
āścaryaṃ kāmamākāṅkṣetkālamantamanuśritaḥ || 7 ||
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ihāmutra viraktasya nityānityavivekinaḥ |
āścaryaṃ mokṣakāmasya mokṣādeva vibhīṣikā || 8 ||
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dhīrastu bhojyamāno'pi pīḍyamāno'pi sarvadā |
ātmānaṃ kevalaṃ paśyanna tuṣyati na kupyati || 9 ||
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ceṣṭamānaṃ śarīraṃ svaṃ paśyatyanyaśarīravat |
saṃstave cāpi nindāyāṃ kathaṃ kṣubhyenmahāśayaḥ || 10 ||
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māyāmātramidaṃ viśvaṃ paśyanvigatakautukaḥ |
api sannihite mṛtyau kathaṃ trasyati dhīradhīḥ || 11 ||
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niḥspṛhaṃ mānasaṃ yasya nairāśye'pi mahātmanaḥ |
tasyātmajñānatṛptasya tulanā kena jāyate || 12 ||
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svabhāvādeva jānāno dṛśyametanna kiñcana |
idaṃ grāhyamidaṃ tyājyaṃ sa kiṃ paśyati dhīradhīḥ || 13 ||
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antastyaktakaṣāyasya nirdvandvasya nirāśiṣaḥ |
yadṛcchayā'gato bhogo na duḥkhāya na tuṣṭaye || 14 ||
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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 3

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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