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A complete translation of the Ashtavakra Gita --- also called the Ashtavakra Samhita --- arguably the greatest (small) book on Nonduality or Advaita Vedanta ever written & perhaps the greatest book on Earth -- presenting the entirety of the Nondual Path in its most uncompromising form. There can be no mistake once reading this book as to both the philosophy & pract ...more
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published March 28th 2012
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Ashish Iyer
The Ashtavakra Gita, also known as the Ashtavakra Samhita is written as a dialogue between sage Ashtavakra and Janaka, king of the kingdom Mithila. Ashtavakra Gita, is advaitic masterpiece stating the whole truth without duality. When it comes to spiritual books, there is no question of commenting on content of the book. The only thing that matters is how the Author has presented the content for the easy understanding of the reader.

This one is highly enlightening commentary on Ashtavakra Gita. C
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rahul
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The last verse of this gem...
Where is existence or non-existence?
Where is Unity or duality?
Nothing emanates from me.
No more can be said.


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Rishi
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As Osho says, unparalleled. There is a full Hindi translation of the main book that consists of a prologue and epilogue that gives it a tale/novel kind of motion that made me more emotionally involved than any other English novel I have ever read.

Who would have thought that thirty five pages of an ancient hindu scripture (read in hindi/sanskrit) describing the experiences casued by a conversation between a cuirious king and a handicapped child-sage comprising of a few days in a time period of a
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Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cataract surgery for the soul. Personally, it appeared defeatist and indolent at times but if you can pick and choose from its teaching, it's an enlightening work of philosophy. It humbled me to the ranks of a simpleton with its profound, yet amusing wit.
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Great book to understand Advaita
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Interested to know what will be the interpretation and commentary on this Excellent Advaita Book.
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Fundamental en la doctrina Advaita
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To understand that our mind is just a sailboat floating on an ocean of 'being'. Just like a droplet of water (the self, the ego) that has evaporated into the sky from the ocean and eventually will rain down into the ocean when we get awake by dissolving ourselves loosing those layers of dust that we acquired on the surface of the droplet. That was what trapped me in the reading process. It's so beautiful.
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Ashtavakra is a sage mentioned in Hindu scriptures. He is described as one born with eight different deformities of the body. In Sanskrit, Aṣṭāvakra means "one having eight bends".

He is traditionally regarded as the author of one of the greatest cornerstone works of Advaita Vedanta - the Ashtavakra Gita, a philosophical/metaphysical dialogue between King Janaka of Mithila and Ashtavakra himself.
“All things arise,
Suffer change,
And pass away.

This is their nature.

When you know this,
Nothing perturbs you,
Nothing hurts you.

You become still.”
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“You do not consist of the elements - earth, water, fire, air or even ether. To be liberated, know yourself as consisting of consciousness, the witness of these.” 5 likes
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