The language is spare and concentrated; the message is experiential Advaita Vedanta. Man has many scriptures, but none are comparable to the Gita of Ashtavakra. Before it the Vedas pale, the Upanishads speak with a weak voice. Even the Bhagavad Gita does not have the majesty found in the Ashtavakra Samhita — it is simply unparalleled. How old is the Ashtavakra Gita? No one knows.
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Ashtavakra Gita is a Sanskrit text belonging to the Advaita Vedanta school of orthodox Indian philosophy, instructing the reader in some of the core concepts. Traditionally believed to be authored by sage Ashtavakra, it is presented in the form of a dialogue between him and Janaka, king of Mithila. You are really unbound and actionless, self-illuminating and spotless already. The cause of your bondage is that you are still resorting to stilling the mind.
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Without mincing matters it comes out with the advaitic truth, the whole truth and nothing but advaita which is the Truth. However, as can be seen from the following quote, Bhagavan Ramana said that there is no time involved at all in Self-Knowledge. When I entered the hall the story of how the Ashtavakra Gita came to be taught was being recounted in English for the benefit of the above Raja and other visitors. It is always with you. Devaraja Mudaliar in Day by Day with Bhagavan, dated
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Ashtavakra Gita Sanskrit Text With English Transliteration & Translation
It is written as a dialogue between the sage Ashtavakra and Janak , king of Mithila. Radhakamal Mukerjee , an Indian social scientist, dated the book to the period immediately after the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita c. Brockington, emeritus professor of Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh, places the Ashtavakra Gita much later, supposing it to have been written either in the eighth century CE by a follower of Shankara , or in the fourteenth century during a resurgence of Shankara's teaching. Ashtavakra is probably identical to the holy sage with the same name who appears in Mahabharata , though the connection is not clearly stated in any of the texts. Ashtavakra Gita is a dialogue between Ashtavakra and Janaka on the nature of soul, reality and bondage.