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 18.58

अकुर्वन्नपि संक्षोभाद्व्यग्रः सर्वत्र मूढधीः ।
कुर्वन्नपि तु कृत्यानि कुशलो हि निराकुलः ॥ ५८ ॥

akurvannapi saṃkṣobhādvyagraḥ sarvatra mūḍhadhīḥ |
kurvannapi tu kṛtyāni kuśalo hi nirākulaḥ || 58 ||

Even when doing nothing the fool is agitated by restlessness, while a skilful man remains undisturbed even when doing what there is to do.

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

Api, Sankshobha, Vyagra, Sarvatra, Mudhadhi, Kurvat, Kritya, Kushala, Nirakula,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 18.58). 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: “akurvannapi saṃkṣobhādvyagraḥ sarvatra mūḍhadhīḥ
  • akurvann -
  • kṛ (verb class 8)
    [imperfect active third plural]
  • api -
  • api (indeclinable preposition)
    [indeclinable preposition]
    ap (noun, neuter)
    [locative single]
  • saṅkṣobhād -
  • saṅkṣobha (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [ablative single]
    saṅkṣobha (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [ablative single]
  • vyagraḥ -
  • vyagra (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • sarvatra -
  • sarvatra (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
  • mūḍhadhīḥ -
  • mūḍhadhī (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
    mūḍhadhī (noun, feminine)
    [accusative plural]
  • Line 2: “kurvannapi tu kṛtyāni kuśalo hi nirākulaḥ
  • kurvann -
  • kurvat (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single], [vocative single]
    kṛ -> kurvat (participle, masculine)
    [nominative single from √kṛ class 8 verb], [vocative single from √kṛ class 8 verb]
  • api -
  • api (indeclinable preposition)
    [indeclinable preposition]
    ap (noun, neuter)
    [locative single]
  • tu -
  • tu (indeclinable particle)
    [indeclinable particle]
  • kṛtyāni -
  • kṛtya (noun, neuter)
    [nominative plural], [vocative plural], [accusative plural]
    kṛ -> kṛtya (participle, neuter)
    [nominative plural from √kṛ class 1 verb], [vocative plural from √kṛ class 1 verb], [accusative plural from √kṛ class 1 verb], [nominative plural from √kṛ class 2 verb], [vocative plural from √kṛ class 2 verb], [accusative plural from √kṛ class 2 verb], [nominative plural from √kṛ class 5 verb], [vocative plural from √kṛ class 5 verb], [accusative plural from √kṛ class 5 verb], [nominative plural from √kṛ class 8 verb], [vocative plural from √kṛ class 8 verb], [accusative plural from √kṛ class 8 verb]
  • kuśalo* -
  • kuśala (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • hi -
  • hi (indeclinable particle)
    [indeclinable particle]
  • nirākulaḥ -
  • nirākula (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]

Other editions:

Also see the following editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 18.58

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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