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 |
akiñcanabhavaṃ svāsthyaṃ kaupīnatve'pi durlabham |
tyāgādāne vihāyāsmādahamāse yathāsukham || 1 ||
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kutrāpi khedaḥ kāyasya jihvā kutrāpi khidyate |
manaḥ kutrāpi tattyaktvā puruṣārthe sthitaḥ sukham || 2 ||
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kṛtaṃ kimapi naiva syāditi saṃcintya tattvataḥ |
yadā yatkartumāyāti tatkṛtvā'se yathāsukham || 3 ||
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karmanaiṣkarmyanirbandhabhāvā dehasthayoginaḥ |
saṃyogāyogavirahādahamāse yathāsukham || 4 ||
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arthānarthau na me sthityā gatyā na śayanena vā |
tiṣṭhangacchansvapantasmādahamāse yathāsukham || 5 ||
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svapato nāsti me hāniḥ siddhiryatnavato na vā |
nāśollāsau vihāyāsmādahamāse yathāsukham || 6 ||
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sukhādirūpā'niyamaṃ bhāveṣvālokya bhūriśaḥ |
śubhāśubhe vihāyāsmādahamāse yathāsukham || 7 ||
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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 13

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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