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.

janaka uvāca |
tattvavijñānasandaṃśamādāya hṛdayodarāt |
nānāvidhaparāmarśaśalyoddhāraḥ kṛto mayā || 1 ||
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kva dharmaḥ kva ca vā kāmaḥ kva cārthaḥ kva vivekatā |
kva dvaitaṃ kva ca vā'dvaitaṃ svamahimni sthitasya me || 2 ||
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kva bhūtaṃ kva bhaviṣyadvā vartamānamapi kva vā |
kva deśaḥ kva ca vā nityaṃ svamahimni sthitasya me || 3 ||
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kva cātmā kva ca vā'nātmā kva śubhaṃ kvāśubhaṃ tathā |
kva cintā kva ca vā'cintā svamahimni sthitasya me || 4 ||
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kva svapnaḥ kva suṣuptirvā kva ca jāgaraṇaṃ tathā |
kva turīyaṃ bhayaṃ vā'pi svamahimni sthitasya me || 5 ||
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kva dūraṃ kva samīpaṃ vā bāhyaṃ kvābhyantaraṃ kva vā |
kva sthūlaṃ kva ca vā sūkṣmaṃ svamahimni sthitasya me || 6 ||
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kva mṛtyurjīvitaṃ vā kva lokāḥ kvāsya kva laukikam |
kva layaḥ kva samādhirvā svamahimni sthitasya me || 7 ||
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alaṃ trivargakathayā yogasya kathayā'pyalam |
alaṃ vijñānakathayā viśrāntasya mamātmani || 8 ||
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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 19

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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