Essence of Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter I

This is continuation of my earlier efforts at sharing my thoughts (Early impressions, Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter I and Bhagavat Gita vs Ashtavakra Gita) on Ashtavakra Gita. These notes are part of my own effort towards understanding and internalizing a source of knowledge which has had a profound influence on my perceptions

In response to King Janaka’s request to the great sage Ashtavakra to guide him on the means of acquiring knowledge, liberation and dispassion, the sage asks him to i) avoid objects of senses like poison and hold on firmly to tolerance, sincerity, compassion, contentment and truthful, ii) know yourself as pure consciousness (unconditioned, changeless, formless, immovable awareness), as different from body

Realize that what binds you to your actions, and impact of its consequences on you, are subjective perceptions that you have created for yourself. Being free or constrained is only a making of your own mind. If you think you are free, you are free. If you think you are bound, you are bound.

You are neither doer of actions nor affected by consequences but rather only a witness of everything. You are actually free and self-illuminating witness, one and the same with all pervading supreme power. The supreme power exists everywhere, and within you , just as mirror exists within and outside reflected images. Your true self is free, perfect and pure joy. Happiness is not far away, right now, right here.

A rope would look like a snake in darkness of night while in the daylight you would realize that it is just a rope. In the similar manner, what appear real in your subjective perception (as doer, and reaping results of your actions) is only an illusion. You would see the real state of things when you observe unattached and unaffected, knowing yourself as pure consciousness and only a witness.

2 Responses to “Essence of Ashtavakra Gita – Chapter I”

  1. Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Says:

    *Unless a man discharges satisfactorily and dis-interestedly the duties of his station in life, his mind will not be purified and unless his mind is purified he can not get self-realization. It is only in the purified mind that, Vivek (dis-attachment to the unreal) crop up lead on to self-realization. Unless egoism is dropped, avarice got rid of and the mind made desire less (pure), self-realization is not possible. The idea that “I am the body” is a great delusion and attachment to this idea is the cause of bondage. Leave off this idea and attachment therefore if you want to reach the goal of self-realization.
    *Excerpt from Sai Baba`s discourse on Brahma-gnyan published in Yoga and Spirituality

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