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.

janaka uvāca |
hantātmajñasya dhīrasya khelato bhogalīlayā |
na hi saṃsāravāhīkairmūḍhaiḥ saha samānatā || 1 ||
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yatpadaṃ prepsavo dīnāḥ śakrādyāḥ sarvadevatāḥ |
aho tatra sthito yogī na harṣamupagacchati || 2 ||
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tajjñasya puṇyapāpābhyāṃ sparśo hyantarna jāyate |
na hyākāśasya dhūmena dṛśyamānā'pi saṃgatiḥ || 3 ||
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ātmaivedaṃ jagatsarvaṃ jñātaṃ yena mahātmanā |
yadṛcchayā vartamānaṃ taṃ niṣeddhuṃ kṣameta kaḥ || 4 ||
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ābrahmastambaparyante bhūtagrāme caturvidhe |
vijñasyaiva hi sāmarthyamicchā'nicchāvivarjane || 5 ||
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ātmānamadvayaṃ kaścijjānāti jagadīśvaram |
yadvetti tatsa kurute na bhayaṃ tasya kutracit || 6 ||
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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 4

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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