Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter 11

Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter 11

Ashtavakra Gita - Chapter 11
Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter 11

Ashtavakra

Unmoved and undistressed, realising that being, non-being and transformation are of the very nature of things, one easily finds peace. 11.1

At peace, having shed all desires within, and realising that nothing exists here but the Lord, the Creator of all things, one is no longer attached to anything. 11.2

Realising that misfortune and fortune come in their turn from fate, one is contented, one’s senses under control, and does not like or dislike. 11.3

Realising that pleasure and pain, birth and death are from fate, and that one’s desires cannot be achieved, one remains inactive, and even when acting does not get attached. 11.4

Realising that suffering arises from nothing other than thinking, dropping all desires one rids oneself of it, and is happy and at peace everywhere. 11.5

Realising, I am not the body, nor is the body mine. I am awareness, one attains the supreme state and no longer remembers things done or undone. 11.6

Realising, It is just me, from Brahma down to the last clump of grass, one becomes free from uncertainty, pure, at peace and unconcerned about what has been attained or not. 11.7

Realising that all this varied and wonderful world is nothing, one becomes pure receptivity, free from inclinations, and as if nothing existed, one finds peace. 11.8

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Ashtavakra Gita - Chapter 11
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Ashtavakra Gita - Chapter 11
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The Ashtavakra Gita, or the Ashtavakra Samhita as it is sometimes called, is a very ancient Sanskrit text. Nothing seems to be known about the author, though tradition ascribes it to the Sage Ashtavakra - hence the name.
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