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 19.2

क्व धर्मः क्व च वा कामः क्व चार्थः क्व विवेकता ।
क्व द्वैतं क्व च वाऽद्वैतं स्वमहिम्नि स्थितस्य मे ॥ २ ॥

kva dharmaḥ kva ca vā kāmaḥ kva cārthaḥ kva vivekatā |
kva dvaitaṃ kva ca vā'dvaitaṃ svamahimni sthitasya me || 2 ||

For me, established in my own glory, there is no religion, sensuality, possessions, philosophy, duality or even non-duality.

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

Kva, Dharma, Kama, Artha, Vivekata, Dvaita, Advaita, Sva, Ahi, Sthita, Asmad,

Analysis of Sanskrit grammar

Note: this is an experimental feature and only shows the first possible analysis of the Sanskrit text (Ashtavakra Gita Verse 19.2). 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: “kva dharmaḥ kva ca kāmaḥ kva cārthaḥ kva vivekatā
  • kva -
  • kva (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
  • dharmaḥ -
  • dharma (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • kva -
  • kva (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
  • ca -
  • ca (indeclinable conjunction)
    [indeclinable conjunction]
    ca (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    ca (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • -
  • (indeclinable conjunction)
    [indeclinable conjunction]
    (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
    (verb class 1)
    [imperative active second single]
  • kāmaḥ -
  • kāma (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • kva -
  • kva (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
  • -
  • ca (indeclinable conjunction)
    [indeclinable conjunction]
    ca (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    ca (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • arthaḥ -
  • artha (noun, masculine)
    [nominative single]
  • kva -
  • kva (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
  • vivekatā -
  • vivekatā (noun, feminine)
    [nominative single]
  • Line 2: “kva dvaitaṃ kva ca vā'dvaitaṃ svamahimni sthitasya me
  • kva -
  • kva (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
  • dvaitam -
  • dvaita (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
  • kva -
  • kva (indeclinable)
    [indeclinable]
  • ca -
  • ca (indeclinable conjunction)
    [indeclinable conjunction]
    ca (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [vocative single]
    ca (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [vocative single]
  • vā' -
  • advaitam -
  • advaita (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    advaita (noun, neuter)
    [adverb], [nominative single], [accusative single]
    advaitā (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • svam -
  • sva (noun, masculine)
    [adverb], [accusative single]
    svan (noun, masculine)
    [adverb]
    svan (noun, neuter)
    [adverb]
    sva (noun, neuter)
    [nominative single], [accusative single]
  • ahim -
  • ahi (noun, masculine)
    [accusative single]
  • ni -
  • ni (noun, masculine)
    [compound], [adverb]
    ni (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [adverb], [nominative single], [vocative single], [accusative single]
    ni (noun, feminine)
    [compound], [adverb]
    (noun, masculine)
    [adverb]
    (noun, neuter)
    [compound], [adverb], [nominative single], [vocative single], [accusative single]
    (noun, feminine)
    [adverb]
  • sthitasya -
  • sthita (noun, masculine)
    [genitive single]
    sthita (noun, neuter)
    [genitive single]
    sthā -> sthita (participle, masculine)
    [genitive single from √sthā class 1 verb]
    sthā -> sthita (participle, neuter)
    [genitive single from √sthā class 1 verb]
  • me -
  • ma (noun, masculine)
    [locative single]
    ma (noun, neuter)
    [nominative dual], [vocative dual], [accusative dual], [locative single]
    (noun, feminine)
    [nominative dual], [vocative single], [vocative dual], [accusative dual]
    asmad (pronoun, none)
    [dative single], [genitive single]

Other print editions:

Also see the following print editions of the Sanskrit text or (alternative) English translations of the Ashtavakra Gita Verse 19.2

Cover of edition (2016)

Astavakra (Ashtavakra) Gita
by Swami Chinmayananda (2016)

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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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