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.

Chapter 20

janaka uvāca |
kva bhūtāni kva deho vā kvendriyāṇi kva vā manaḥ |
kva śūnyaṃ kva ca nairāśyaṃ matsvarūpe nirañjane || 1 ||
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kva śāstraṃ kvātmavijñānaṃ kva vā nirviṣayaṃ manaḥ |
kva tṛptiḥ kva vitṛṣṇatvaṃ gatadvandvasya me sadā || 2 ||
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kva vidyā kva ca vā'vidyā kvāhaṃ kvedaṃ mama kva vā |
kva bandhaḥ kva ca vā mokṣaḥ svarūpasya kva rūpatā || 3 ||
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kva prārabdhāni karmāṇi jīvanmuktirapi kva vā |
kva tadvidehakaivalyaṃ nirviśeṣasya sarvadā || 4 ||
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kva kartā kva ca vā bhoktā niṣkriyaṃ sphuraṇaṃ kva vā |
kvāparokṣaṃ phalaṃ vā kva niḥsvabhāvasya me sadā || 5 ||
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kva lokaṃ kva mumukṣurvā kva yogī jñānavānkva vā |
kva baddhaḥ kva ca vā muktaḥ svasvarūpe'hamadvaye || 6 ||
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kva sṛṣṭiḥ kva ca saṃhāraḥ kva sādhyaṃ kva ca sādhanam |
kva sādhakaḥ kva siddhirvā svasvarūpe'hamadvaye || 7 ||
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kva pramātā pramāṇaṃ vā kva prameyaṃ kva ca pramā |
kva kiñcitkva na kiñcidvā sarvadā vimalasya me || 8 ||
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kva vikṣepaḥ kva caikāgryaṃ kva nirbodhaḥ kva mūḍhatā |
kva harṣaḥ kva viṣādo vā sarvadā niṣkriyasya me || 9 ||
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kva caiṣa vyavahāro vā kva ca sā paramārthatā |
kva sukhaṃ kva ca vā duḥkhaṃ nirvimarśasya me sadā || 10 ||
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kva māyā kva ca saṃsāraḥ kva prītirviratiḥ kva vā |
kva jīvaḥ kva ca tadbrahma sarvadā vimalasya me || 11 ||
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kva pravṛttirnivṛttirvā kva muktiḥ kva ca bandhanam |
kūṭasthanirvibhāgasya svasthasya mama sarvadā || 12 ||
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kvopadeśaḥ kva vā śāstraṃ kva śiṣyaḥ kva ca vā guruḥ |
kva cāsti puruṣārtho vā nirupādheḥ śivasya me || 13 ||
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kva cāsti kva ca vā nāsti kvāsti caikaṃ kva ca dvayam |
bahunā'tra kimuktena kiñcinnottiṣṭhate mama || 14 ||
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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 20

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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