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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This book very important for the seeker and read carefully You are what you think.

By standing on his own He finds the thoomas of the way. The master is like a child. He is always the same. But the mind of a man who is already free Stands on its own. His form is emptiness. In the shifting elements See only their pure form. But I do not rise or fall.

With whom may I compare him?

Be the first to ask a question about The Heart of Awareness. The Heart of Awareness Whatever befalls him, He is always happy. When the senses see him, It is they who take flight! Striving or still, The fool never finds peace.

But the master finds it Just by knowing how things are. Sleeping, sitting, walking, Nothing good or bad befalls me. And it is entirely appropriate that the real master of the Gita remain forever unknown since, as he has Ashtavakra say of himself, for what he has become there is no name.


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The Heart of Awareness Unbound, He does not seek freedom. One without two, I am always the same. How do you go about removing something so significant and then call it a translation? I am not the body. Hold nothing in your mind. This translation of the Ashtavakra Gita, along with translations of the Bhagavad Gita and Katha Upanishad, form the Hindu scripture portion of the heart of my personal library.

The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita

He is not bound by sloth, Nor consumed by his own activity. It is cold and lifeless. Knowing everything, He knows nothing. He does not see the world of appearances. Gone is the earnest seeker. Free yourself from sorrow. He is without desire. What is the rising or the vanishing of thought?

Neither coming or going, Yet I am still everywhere. It would be perverse and humorless to suppose that just because Ashtavakra, with his irreducible nondualism, considers meditation merely a distracting habit, he means us to abandon our practice.

Now hita feels anger, Now happiness. What need is there 13 For striving or stillness? Ridding my mind of distraction, single-pointed, I shut out sound and all the senses, And I am here. The text sees duality as the root of evil I had by then, in the ordinary course of my seeking, read a great deal of scripture, enough to know the truth of Ashtavakra’s admonition, halfway through his bbyrom Song: Within, free of thought. Desire and aversion are of the mind.


With this last gesture of self- erasure, the nameless master is finally free to declare his real identity, which he shares unconditionally with all beings.

Have faith, my Child, have faith. The master’s way is unfettered And free of guile. Some commentators suppose that Ashtavakra is really not concerned to answer these questions. I am awareness itself’ When you know this, You have no thought For what you have done Or left undone. It is all the same to him. But only he is happy.

I am always one. You have nothing to win, Nothing to lose. Let them all go. The Heart of Awareness Who is free of such cares? Knowing this fully, I am here.