Ongoing Pravachan Series
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[ 16 to 30 April 2014]
H.H. Swami Shri Vishwatmanand Saraswati (Vrindavan)
About the Topic :
The Ashtavakra Gita, or the Ashtavakra Samhita (Ashtavakra's Collection) as it is sometimes called, is a very ancient Sanskrit text. There is little doubt amongst scholars in the East and West that it dates back to the days of the classic Vedanta period. The Sanskrit style and the doctrine expressed warrant this assessment.
Ashtavakra Gita which is a dialog between the disciple, King Janaka, (father of Sita), and his guru, sage Ashtavakra, presents the traditional teachings of Advaita Vedanta with a clarity and power very rarely matched.
The directness of approach of this text is indicated by the first four verses themselves. This is how the text begins :-
1.1) Janaka said : How is one to acquire knowledge? How is one to attain liberation? And how is one to reach dispassion? Tell me this, sir.
1.2) Ashtavakra said: If you are seeking liberation, my son, avoid the objects of the senses like poison and cultivate tolerance, sincerity, compassion, contentment, and truthfulness as the antidote.
1.3) You do not consist of any of the elements -- earth, water, fire, air, or even ether. To be liberated, know yourself as pure consciousness, the witness of these.
1.4) If only you will remain resting in pure consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you shall become happy, peaceful and free from bondage.... .
|| Hari Om Tat Sat ||
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