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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His mind does not strive To meditate or to act. The world is just a set of false impressions. With a crazy solicitude, he tells us how to end our Self-estrangement.

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He does whatever comes his way, And he is happy. Have faith, my Child, have faith. He is content In the knowledge of the Self. What is the use of thinking?

He may look like a fool, But he is not muddled. There was no other living creature. But when the mind desires nothing And grieves for nothing, When it is without joy or anger And, grasping nothing, Turns nothing away.


He is beyond all duality. The Gita has only one voice, Ashtavakra’s, a voice of singular compassion and uncompromised clarity. The world is an illusion, Nothing more. I found myself once more a child of seven, tipped between the sea and the sky, but hearing now in the wind’s exuberance a clearer music, touching the heart of the mystery.

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But is still bewildered. The fool practices concentration And control of the mind. Wealth or pleasure, Duty or discrimination Mean nothing to him. Forsaking them all, I pursue my purpose happily.

He feels without feeling. Knowing he is the Self, He acts accordingly And is never fearful. My child, you can talk about holy books all you like.

The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita

But I am pure awareness. It no longer cares for wealth Or religious duties or salvation. Know you are the Self. You are not your body.

The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita by Thomas Byrom

What is freedom or bondage? In this simple, aphoristic version, the translator conveys the clarity and lyricism of the Sanskrit original with fluency and precision. When the seeker knows this, Fie falls silent.

When a wise man hears it, He goes within. Caroline rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Gtia are free of its turmoil. Though in the eyes of others The master may seem to work, In reality he byrlm no occasion To say or to do anything.


He will not be bom again. Then you are free. The senses are tigers. In my heart I am one. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But the fool lives in the world Like a beast of burden.

He does not want the world to end. Oct 14, tatsat rated it it was amazing. And I am happy. He sleeps soundly without sleeping. Mar 27, Adrien rated it it was amazing Shelves: The witness of all things, Awareness Without action, clinging or desire.

His nature cannot be described. The Sanskrit literally asks ‘where? The world is a vein of silver, An illusion! It is an austere and enchanting portrait. They run away like elephants, As quietly as they can.