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.