Bhagavat Gita vs Ashtavakra Gita

I had read Bhagavat Gita sometime in the past; read a few times but never beyond 5 or 6 chapters every time. I have been reading Ashtavakra Gita, a few chapters into it by now. Perhaps, it is too early to comment on it. Yet I am compelled to write as urge to think aloud makes me write

I am getting the same message from both, presented in two different ways. In Bhagavat Gita, advice is presented as a dialogue between Lord Krishna and prince Arjuna, in the battle ground.

Dialogue rambles on many topics such as Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and even Yoga practices. Yet finally it converges on the essential message; that is to perform action, advocating action as a duty (not as a means to an end). Performing is bound to give results. The results, however, may not necessarily the ones that you desire or expect as laws of causation are beyond your knowledge and control. Apparently rambling nature of discussion and mystic undertones renders itself to diverse interpretation though central message is discernible for a careful reader

By contrast, Ashtavakra Gita presents self as a pure consciousness and performer of action. I consider Brahman(unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality ), Ishvara (The Supreme Controller), Jiva (Living beings/the individualized soul) etc merging ito one that is referred to as observer/consciousness. That is, Lord Krishna being more like a voice within you, from a balanced state of mind, in dialogue with Arjuna (voice standing for impulsive, immediate trigger for action within us yet at times confused; the person we are familiar within ourselves in daily life). When I read in this context, I find the essential message is the same

I find that the message put across plain, straight in Ashtavakra Gita and hard while softened for consumption for a larger audience in Bhagavat Gita. Consequently, Ashtavakra Gita requires a mind which is already in an advanced stage of self-realization, as it shakes you out of familiar comfort zones but Bhagavat Gita let you stay there a while longer, till you gradually elevate yourself


One Response to “Bhagavat Gita vs Ashtavakra Gita”

  1. Essence of Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter I « My world, my philosophy Says:

    […] is continuation of my earlier efforts at sharing my thoughts (Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter I and Bhagavat Gita vs Ashtavakra Gita) Ashtavakra Gita. These notes are part of my own effort towards understanding and internalizing a […]

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