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 17.18

समाधानासमाधानहिताहितविकल्पनाः ।
शून्यचित्तो न जानाति कैवल्यमिव संस्थितः ॥ १८ ॥

samādhānāsamādhānahitāhitavikalpanāḥ |
śūnyacitto na jānāti kaivalyamiva saṃsthitaḥ || 18 ||

One established in the Absolute state with an empty mind does not know the alternatives of inner stillness and lack of stillness, and of good and evil.

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

Samadhana, Asama, Adhana, Hitahita, Vikalpana, Shunyacitta, Kaivalya, Iva, Samsthita,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 17.18). 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: “samādhānāsamādhānahitāhitavikalpanāḥ
  • samādhānā -
  • samādhāna (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • asamā -
  • asama (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    asama (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    asamā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • ādhāna -
  • ādhāna (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • hitāhita -
  • hitāhita (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    hitāhita (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • vikalpanāḥ -
  • vikalpana (noun, masculine)
    [nominative plural], [vocative plural]
    vikalpanā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative plural], [vocative plural], [accusative plural]
  • Line 2: “śūnyacitto na jānāti kaivalyamiva saṃsthitaḥ
  • śūnyacitto* -
  • śūnyacitta (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • na -
  • na (indeclinable particle)
    [indeclinable particle]
    na (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    na (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • jānāti -
  • jñā (verb class 9)
    [present active third single]
  • kaivalyam -
  • kaivalya (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    kaivalya (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    kaivalyā (noun, feminine)
  • iva -
  • iva (indeclinable adverb)
    [indeclinable adverb]
    iva (indeclinable)
  • saṃsthitaḥ -
  • saṃsthita (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]

Other editions:

Also see the following editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 17.18

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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