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 3.6

आस्थितः परमाद्वैतं मोक्षार्थेऽपि व्यवस्थितः ।
आश्चर्यं कामवशगो विकलः केलिशिक्षया ॥ ६ ॥

āsthitaḥ paramādvaitaṃ mokṣārthe'pi vyavasthitaḥ |
āścaryaṃ kāmavaśago vikalaḥ keliśikṣayā || 6 ||

It is astonishing that a man who has reached the supreme non-dual state and is intent on the benefits of liberation should still be subject to lust and held back by sexual activity.

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

Asthita, Paramadvaita, Moksha, Artha, Api, Vyavasthita, Ashcaryam, Ashcarya, Kamavasha, Vikala, Keli, Shiksha,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 3.6). 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: “āsthitaḥ paramādvaitaṃ mokṣārthe'pi vyavasthitaḥ
  • āsthitaḥ -
  • āsthita (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • paramādvaitam -
  • paramādvaita (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    paramādvaita (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
  • mokṣā -
  • mokṣa (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    mokṣā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • arthe' -
  • artha (noun, masculine)
    [locative single]
    artha (noun, neuter)
    [nominative dual], [vocative dual], [accusative dual], [locative single]
    arth (verb class 1)
    [present middle first single]
  • api -
  • api (indeclinable preposition)
    [indeclinable preposition]
    ap (noun, neuter)
    [locative single]
  • vyavasthitaḥ -
  • vyavasthita (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • Line 2: “āścaryaṃ kāmavaśago vikalaḥ keliśikṣayā
  • āścaryam -
  • āścaryam (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    āścarya (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    āścarya (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    āścaryā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • kāmavaśa -
  • kāmavaśa (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • go* -
  • ga (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • vikalaḥ -
  • vikala (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • keli -
  • keli (noun, feminine)
    [compound], [adverb]
    kelī (noun, feminine)
    [adverb], [vocative single]
  • śikṣayā -
  • śikṣā (noun, feminine)
    [instrumental single]

Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 3.6

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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