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 9.5

नाना मतं महर्षीणां साधूनां योगिनां तथा ।
दृष्ट्वा निर्वेदमापन्नः को न शाम्यति मानवः ॥ ५ ॥

nānā mataṃ maharṣīṇāṃ sādhūnāṃ yogināṃ tathā |
dṛṣṭvā nirvedamāpannaḥ ko na śāmyati mānavaḥ || 5 ||

Who does not end up with indifference to such things and attain peace when he has seen the differences of opinions among the great sages, saints and yogis?

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

Nana, Mata, Maharshi, Sadhu, Yogin, Tatha, Nirveda, Apanna, Kah, Shamyat, Manava,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 9.5). 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: “nānā mataṃ maharṣīṇāṃ sādhūnāṃ yogināṃ tathā
  • nānā* -
  • nāna (noun, masculine)
    [nominative plural], [vocative plural]
    nānā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative plural], [vocative plural], [accusative plural]
  • matam -
  • mata (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    mata (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    matā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
    man -> mata (participle, masculine)
    [accusative single from √man class 4 verb], [accusative single from √man class 8 verb]
    man -> mata (participle, neuter)
    [nominative single from √man class 4 verb], [accusative single from √man class 4 verb], [nominative single from √man class 8 verb], [accusative single from √man class 8 verb]
  • maharṣīṇām -
  • maharṣi (noun, masculine)
    [genitive plural]
  • sādhūnām -
  • sādhu (noun, masculine)
    [genitive plural]
    sādhu (noun, neuter)
    [genitive plural]
  • yoginām -
  • yogin (noun, masculine)
    [genitive plural]
    yogin (noun, neuter)
    [genitive plural]
  • tathā -
  • tathā (indeclinable correlative)
    [indeclinable correlative]
    tathā (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    tathā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • Line 2: “dṛṣṭvā nirvedamāpannaḥ ko na śāmyati mānavaḥ
  • dṛṣṭvā -
  • dṛś -> dṛṣṭvā (absolutive)
    [absolutive from √dṛś]
  • nirvedam -
  • nirveda (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    nirveda (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    nirvedā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • āpannaḥ -
  • āpanna (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • ko* -
  • kaḥ (indeclinable interrogative)
    [indeclinable interrogative]
    ka (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
    kaḥ (pronoun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • na -
  • na (indeclinable particle)
    [indeclinable particle]
    na (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    na (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • śāmyati -
  • śam -> śāmyat (participle, masculine)
    [locative single from √śam class 4 verb]
    śam -> śāmyat (participle, neuter)
    [locative single from √śam class 4 verb]
    śam (verb class 4)
    [present active third single]
  • mānavaḥ -
  • mānava (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]

Other editions:

Also see the following editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 9.5

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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