The Ashtavakra Gita conveys with beauty and simplicity the essential teachings of Advaita A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita. Translated by Thomas Byrom. by. Thomas Byrom (Translation), The Ashtavakra Gita conveys with beauty and simplicity the essential teachings of Advaita Vedanta, the most influential of the. a translation of The Ashtavakra Gita by Thomas Byrom. Table of contents. Introduction 1. The Self 2. Awareness 3. Wisdom 4. The True Seeker 5. Dissolving 6.

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Nothing arises in me, In whom nothing is single, Nothing is double. It no longer cares for wealth Or religious duties or salvation. But the Self neither comes nor goes. If a man looks to the world, How can he see himself? The Heart of Awareness 58 I sit in my own radiance. His doubts dispelled, He wanders where he will, Never setting one thing against another.

Attached, you are bound.

The best known tale, in the Mahabharata, explains how he got his name, which means ‘eight twists’. Where there is no I, You are free. But when the mind stops setting One thing against another, It no longer craves pleasure.

He certainly does not run around puffing himself up looking for God or liberation, busily making excuses for not finding himself. Celebrated, he is not delighted. Be the first to ask a question about The Heart of Awareness. There is no other remedy! Lisa rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Only when you are blessed With the understanding of this teaching Will you find freedom.


The sorrows of duty, Like the heat of the sun, Have scorched your heart. I am awareness itself, Bound only by my thirst ggita life.

I am always one. He feels without feeling.

But I no longer suppose The body is mine, Or is not mine. The Heart of Awareness: So what do rules matter to him, Or dispassion, renunciation, and self-control? But still your mind desires That which is beyond everything, Where all desires vanish. Give up preferring and desiring. No “I,” 19 No “mine. An end to illusion! Now it feels anger, Now happiness.

For you are already free, 15 Without action or flaw, Luminous and bright. He is a child. The man who is pure knows for certain That nothing really exists; It is all the work of illusion.

He is not this. The fool will never find freedom By practicing concentration. He is so firmly set in his own being, He rises above the round of birth and death.

The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita

Undistracted, He does not meditate. The Heart of Awareness 61 I sit in my heart.


When the Self is unknown 7 The world arises, Not when tgomas is known. Already fulfilled, Without flaw or choice or striving. I am forever still.

Dissolving the mind, Or the highest meditation, The world and all its works, Life or death, What are they to me? Whatever he does, he is detached. There was and there will be Only one. Without rehearsing the arguments, we may safely guess that it was written either in the eighth century by a follower of Shankara, or in the fourteenth century during a resurgence of Shankara’s teaching. The pace and witty lines have been replaced with a soft mushy flow.

What do I care who knows, What is known, Or how it is known? Nor is ignorance real. The master is a child, a fool, a man asleep, a leaf tumbling in the wind. But if you desire nothing, And disdain nothing, Neither attachment nor detachment bind you.

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You become happy And still. He lives happily in the world, Seeing and hearing, Touching and smelling and tasting. But the master has no need to.