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.

aṣṭāvakra uvāca |
ācakṣva śṛṇu vā tāta nānāśāstrāṇyanekaśaḥ |
tathāpi na tava svāsthyaṃ sarvavismaraṇādṛte || 1 ||
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bhogaṃ karma samādhiṃ vā kuru vijña tathāpi te |
cittaṃ nirastasarvāśamatyarthaṃ rocayiṣyati || 2 ||
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āyāsātsakalo duḥkhī nainaṃ jānāti kaścana |
anenaivopadeśena dhanyaḥ prāpnoti nirvṛtim || 3 ||
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vyāpāre khidyate yastu nimeṣonmeṣayorapi |
tasyālasyadhurīṇasya sukhaṃ nā'nyasya kasyacit || 4 ||
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idaṃ kṛtamidaṃ neti dvandvairmuktaṃ yadā manaḥ |
dharmārthakāmamokṣeṣu nirapekṣaṃ tadā bhavet || 5 ||
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virakto viṣayadveṣṭā rāgī viṣayalolupaḥ |
grahamokṣavihīnastu na virakto na rāgavān || 6 ||
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heyopādeyatā tāvatsaṃsāraviṭapāṅkuraḥ |
spṛhā jīvati yāvadvai nirvicāradaśāspadam || 7 ||
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pravṛttau jāyate rāgo nivṛttau dveṣa eva hi |
nirdvandvo bālavaddhīmānevameva vyavasthitaḥ || 8 ||
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hātumicchati saṃsāraṃ rāgī duḥkhajihāsayā |
vītarāgo hi nirduḥkhastasminnapi na khidyati || 9 ||
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yasyābhimāno mokṣe'pi dehe'pi mamatā tathā |
na ca jñānī na vā yogī kevalaṃ duḥkhabhāgasau || 10 ||
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haro yadyupadeṣṭā te hariḥ kamalajo'pi vā |
tathāpi na tava svāsthyaṃ sarvavismaraṇādṛte || 11 ||
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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 16

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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