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 16.2

भोगं कर्म समाधिं वा कुरु विज्ञ तथापि ते ।
चित्तं निरस्तसर्वाशमत्यर्थं रोचयिष्यति ॥ २ ॥

bhogaṃ karma samādhiṃ vā kuru vijña tathāpi te |
cittaṃ nirastasarvāśamatyarthaṃ rocayiṣyati || 2 ||

You may, as a learned man, indulge in wealth, activity and meditation, but your mind will still long for that which is the cessation of desire, and beyond all goals.

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

Bhoga, Karman, Samadhi, Vijna, Tatha, Api, Tad, Yushmad, Citta, Nirasta, Saru, Sarva, Asham, Atyartham, Atyartha, Rocayishyat,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 16.2). 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: “bhogaṃ karma samādhiṃ kuru vijña tathāpi te
  • bhogam -
  • bhoga (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    bhoga (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    bhogā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • karma -
  • karman (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [adverb], [nominative single], [vocative single], [accusative single]
  • samādhim -
  • samādhi (noun, masculine)
    [accusative single]
  • -
  • (indeclinable conjunction)
    [indeclinable conjunction]
    (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
    (verb class 1)
    [imperative active second single]
  • kuru -
  • kuru (noun, feminine)
    [compound], [adverb]
    kuru (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [adverb]
    kṛ (verb class 8)
    [imperative active second single]
  • vijña -
  • vijña (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    vijña (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • tathā -
  • tathā (indeclinable correlative)
    [indeclinable correlative]
    tathā (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    tatha (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    tatha (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    tathā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • api -
  • api (indeclinable preposition)
    [indeclinable preposition]
    ap (noun, neuter)
    [locative single]
  • te -
  • ta (noun, masculine)
    [locative single]
    ta (noun, neuter)
    [nominative dual], [vocative dual], [accusative dual], [locative single]
    (noun, feminine)
    [nominative dual], [vocative single], [vocative dual], [accusative dual]
    tad (noun, neuter)
    [nominative dual], [accusative dual]
    sa (noun, masculine)
    [nominative plural]
    (noun, feminine)
    [nominative dual], [accusative dual]
    yuṣmad (pronoun, none)
    [dative single], [genitive single]
  • Line 2: “cittaṃ nirastasarvāśamatyarthaṃ rocayiṣyati
  • cittam -
  • citta (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    citta (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    cittā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
    cit (verb class 2)
    [imperative active second dual]
  • nirasta -
  • nirasta (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    nirasta (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • sarvā -
  • sarva (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    saru (noun, feminine)
    [instrumental single]
    sarva (noun, masculine)
    [vocative single]
    sarvā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • aśam -
  • aśam (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    aśan (noun, masculine)
    [adverb]
  • atyartham -
  • atyartham (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
    atyartha (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    atyartha (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    atyarthā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • rocayiṣyati -
  • ruc -> rocayiṣyat (participle, masculine)
    [locative single from √ruc]
    ruc -> rocayiṣyat (participle, neuter)
    [locative single from √ruc]
    ruc (verb class 0)
    [future active third single]

Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 16.2

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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