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Selected Gems From Ashtavakra Gita

Selected Gems From Ashtavakra Gita

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INTRODUCTION
It is true that the author had written long earlier twoother books on ‘Ashtavakra Gita’, a unique practical texton Advaita philosophy - ‘The Quantum Leap into theAbsolute’ (a summary of the text) and ‘Instant Self -Realisation’- both of which are available in the website.The author somehow felt that he had not done full justiceto that text and his mind was not satisfied. Wheneveryone of the nearly 300 verses of ‘Ashtavakra Gita’is a gem of “purest ray serene”, selecting a few gems outof them and presenting them with a detailed commentaryhas not been an easy task.As many people have dubbed him, Ashtavakra wasnot a revolutionary who blazed a new trail. What all hehas told in Ashtavakra Gita are also to be found inBhagavad Gita as also a number of Upanishads likeAnnapurnopanishad, Adhyatmopanishad, Varahopanishad,Avadhootopanishad, Sanyasopanishad, Kaivalyopanishad,Atmaprabodopanishad, Sarvasaropanishad,Niralambopanishad, Tejobindoopanishad, Kathopanishad,
 
2Selected Gems from Ashtavakra Gita
Brahmabindoopanishad, Mahopanishad, YogasikhaUpanishad, Muktikopanishad, Kenopanishad andAdisankara’s Prakarana texts like Viveka Choodamaniand Aparokshanubhooti. Ashtavakra puts them all in atelling way, just like a whip-lash. His language is lucidand simple. Some of the slokas are like catch-words inthe burden of the song in folk-lore music. For instancehis expressions like
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(I-5),
^^u Hk;a rL; dq=fpr~**^^u Hk;a rL; dq=fpr~**^^u Hk;a rL; dq=fpr~**^^u Hk;a rL; dq=fpr~**^^u Hk;a rL; dq=fpr~**
 
(IV-6),
^^u â";fr u ^^u â";fr u ^^u â";fr u ^^u â";fr u ^^u â";fr u dqI;fr**dqI;fr**dqI;fr**dqI;fr**dqI;fr**
 
(VIII-2),
^^ohrr`".k% lq[kh Hko**^^ohrr`".k% lq[kh Hko**^^ohrr`".k% lq[kh Hko**^^ohrr`".k% lq[kh Hko**^^ohrr`".k% lq[kh Hko**
 
(X-3),
^^u ^^u ^^u ^^u ^^u fpUrk eqDr;s ee**fpUrk eqDr;s ee**fpUrk eqDr;s ee**fpUrk eqDr;s ee**fpUrk eqDr;s ee**
 
(XIV-3),
^^fujis{k% lq[kapj**^^fujis{k% lq[ka pj**^^fujis{k% lq[kapj**^^fujis{k% lq[ka pj**^^fujis{k% lq[ka pj**
(XV-4),
^^u rs o`f)uZ ok {kfr%**^^u rs o`f)uZ ok {kfr%**^^u rs o`f)uZ ok {kfr%**^^u rs o`f)uZ ok {kfr%**^^u rso`f)uZ ok {kfr%**
 
(XV-11),
^^fu%ladYi% lq[kh Hko**^^fu%ladYi% lq[kh Hko**^^fu%ladYi% lq[kh Hko**^^fu%ladYi% lq[kh Hko**^^fu%ladYi% lq[kh Hko**
 
(XV-15),
^^fdeH;L;fr ^^fdeH;L;fr ^^fdeH;L;fr ^^fdeH;L;fr ^^fdeH;L;fr ckyor~**] ^^;nk ukgarnk eks{kks**ckyor~**] ^^;nk ukga rnk eks{kks** ckyor~**] ^^;nk ukgarnk eks{kks**ckyor~**] ^^;nk ukga rnk eks{kks** ckyor~**] ^^;nk ukga rnk eks{kks**
 
(VIII-4),
 
^^ukga^^ukga^^ukga^^ukga^^ukgansgks u es nsgks**nsgks u es nsgks**nsgks u es nsgks**nsgks u es nsgks**nsgks u es nsgks**
 
(XI-6),
^^R;tSo /;kua loZ=**^^R;tSo /;kua loZ=**^^R;tSo /;kua loZ=**^^R;tSo /;kua loZ=**^^R;tSo /;kualoZ=**
(XV-20) and
^^fpÙkaeqDrL; jktrs**^^fpÙka eqDrL; jktrs** ^^fpÙkaeqDrL; jktrs**^^fpÙka eqDrL; jktrs** ^^fpÙka eqDrL; jktrs**
 
(XVII-30) arebeautiful and easy to remember.Each one of the slokas is sufficient to catapult usinto liberation (Jivanmukti) just by one reading. May allof us be blessed enough to become Jivanmuktas in thisvery birth and be a source of inspiration to others on thispath.
- Swami Shantananda Puri

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