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The Heart of Awareness

A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
November, 2001
ISBN:
9781570628979
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The Ashtavakra Gita conveys with beauty and simplicity the essential teachings of Advaita Vedanta, the most influential of the Hindu philosophical systems. Composed by an anonymous master of the school of the great sage Shankara, it is a book of practical advice for seekers of wisdom as well as an ecstatic expression of the experience of enlightenment. In this simple, aphoristic version, the translator conveys the clarity and lyricism of the Sanskrit original with fluency and precision. It’s an exquisitely clean and untroubled rendering of a spiritual classic.

Whatever he sees or hears or touches,

Whatever he smells or tastes,

Whatever he acquires,

He is free.

Free from striving,

And from stillness...

 

And whoever draws near him,

A woman full of passion

Or Death Himself,

He is not shaken.

He stays in his heart.

He is free indeed!...

Because he is free,

He neither craves nor disdains

The things of the world.

He takes them as they come.

His mind is always detached...

 

All his inner desires have melted away.

Whatever he does,

He does nothing.

His mind has stopped working!

It has simply melted away...

And with it,

Dreams and delusions and dullness.

And for what he has become,

There is no name.

“This is an extraordinarily fine rendering of the Ashtavakra Gita, a book of unadorned compassion. As water wears away stone, so these profoundly simple truths wear away illusion.” —Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now and Still Here

Thomas Byron also translated. The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha.

Publisher’s Description: 

The Ashtavakra Gita conveys with beauty and simplicity the essential teachings of Advaita Vedanta, the most influential of the Hindu philosophical systems. Composed by an anonymous master of the school of the great sage Shankara, it is a book of practical advice for seekers of wisdom as well as an ecstatic expression of the experience of enlightenment. In this simple, aphoristic version, the translator conveys the clarity and lyricism of the Sanskrit original with fluency and precision.

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