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 |
tena jñānaphalaṃ prāptaṃ yogābhyāsaphalaṃ tathā |
tṛptaḥ svacchendriyo nityamekākī ramate tu yaḥ || 1 ||
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na kadācijjagatyasmiṃstattvajño hanta khidyati |
yata ekena tenedaṃ pūrṇaṃ brahmāṇḍamaṇḍalam || 2 ||
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na jātu viṣayāḥ ke'pi svārāmaṃ harṣayantyamī |
sallakīpallavaprītamivebhaṃ nimbapallavāḥ || 3 ||
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yastu bhogeṣu bhukteṣu na bhavatyadhivāsitaḥ |
abhukteṣu nirākāṅkṣī tādṛśo bhavadurlabhaḥ || 4 ||
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bubhukṣuriha saṃsāre mumukṣurapi dṛśyate |
bhogamokṣanirākāṅkṣī viralo hi mahāśayaḥ || 5 ||
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dharmārthakāmamokṣeṣu jīvite maraṇe tathā |
kasyāpyudāracittasya heyopādeyatā na hi || 6 ||
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vāñchā na viśvavilaye na dveṣastasya ca sthitau |
yathājīvikayā tasmāddhanya āste yathāsukham || 7 ||
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kṛtārtho'nena jñānenetyevaṃ galitadhīḥ kṛtī |
paśyañchṛṇvanspṛśañjighrannaśnannāste yathāsukham || 8 ||
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śūnyā dṛṣṭirvṛthā ceṣṭā vikalānīndriyāṇi ca |
na spṛhā na viraktirvā kṣīṇasaṃsārasāgare || 9 ||
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na jāgarti na nidrāti nonmīlati na mīlati |
aho paradaśā kā'pi vartate muktacetasaḥ || 10 ||
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sarvatra dṛśyate svasthaḥ sarvatra vimalāśayaḥ |
samastavāsanāmukto muktaḥ sarvatra rājate || 11 ||
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paśyañchṛṇvanspṛśañjighrannaśnangṛhṇanvadanvrajan |
īhitā'nīhitairmukto mukta eva mahāśayaḥ || 12 ||
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na nindati na ca stauti na hṛṣyati na kupyati |
na dadāti na gṛhṇāti muktaḥ sarvatra nīrasaḥ || 13 ||
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sānurāgāṃ striyaṃ dṛṣṭvā mṛtyuṃ vā samupasthitam |
avihvalamanāḥ svastho mukta eva mahāśayaḥ || 14 ||
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sukhe duḥkhe nare nāryāṃ saṃpatsu vipatsu ca |
viśeṣo naiva dhīrasya sarvatra samadarśinaḥ || 15 ||
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na hiṃsā naiva kāruṇyaṃ nauddhatyaṃ na ca dīnatā |
nāścaryaṃ naiva ca kṣobhaḥ kṣīṇasaṃsaraṇe nare || 16 ||
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na mukto viṣayadveṣṭā na vā viṣayalolupaḥ |
asaṃsaktamanā nityaṃ prāptāprāptamupāśnute || 17 ||
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samādhānāsamādhānahitāhitavikalpanāḥ |
śūnyacitto na jānāti kaivalyamiva saṃsthitaḥ || 18 ||
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nirmamo nirahaṃkāro na kiñciditi niścitaḥ |
antargalitasarvāśaḥ kurvannapi na lipyate || 19 ||
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manaḥprakāśasaṃmohasvapnajāḍyavivarjitaḥ |
daśāṃ kāmapi saṃprāpto bhavedgalitamānasaḥ || 20 ||
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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 17

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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