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 3.8

इहामुत्र विरक्तस्य नित्यानित्यविवेकिनः ।
आश्चर्यं मोक्षकामस्य मोक्षादेव विभीषिका ॥ ८ ॥

ihāmutra viraktasya nityānityavivekinaḥ |
āścaryaṃ mokṣakāmasya mokṣādeva vibhīṣikā || 8 ||

It is astonishing that one who is unattached to the things of this world or the next, who discriminates between the permanent and the impermanent, and who longs for liberation, should still feel fear for liberation.

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

Ihamutra, Virakta, Nityanitya, Vivekin, Ashcaryam, Ashcarya, Mokshakama, Moksha, Eva, Vibhishika,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 3.8). 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: “ihāmutra viraktasya nityānityavivekinaḥ
  • ihāmutra -
  • ihāmutra (indeclinable)
  • viraktasya -
  • virakta (noun, masculine)
    [genitive single]
    virakta (noun, neuter)
    [genitive single]
  • nityānitya -
  • nityānitya (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    nityānitya (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • vivekinaḥ -
  • vivekin (noun, masculine)
    [nominative plural], [vocative plural], [accusative plural], [ablative single], [genitive single]
    vivekin (noun, neuter)
    [ablative single], [genitive single]
  • Line 2: “āścaryaṃ mokṣakāmasya mokṣādeva vibhīṣikā
  • āścaryam -
  • āścaryam (indeclinable)
    āścarya (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    āścarya (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    āścaryā (noun, feminine)
  • mokṣakāmasya -
  • mokṣakāma (noun, masculine)
    [genitive single]
    mokṣakāma (noun, neuter)
    [genitive single]
  • mokṣād -
  • mokṣa (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [ablative single]
  • eva -
  • eva (indeclinable particle)
    [indeclinable particle]
    eva (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    eva (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • vibhīṣikā -
  • vibhīṣikā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]

Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 3.8

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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