Friday, September 21, 2012

First Chapter

Old king Janaka asks the young Ashtavakra:  How knowledge is attained, how liberation is attained and how non-attachment is attained, please tell me all this.  1

Sri Ashtavakra answers: If you wish to attain liberation, give up the passions (desires for sense objects) as poison. Practice forgiveness, simplicity, compassion, contentment and truth as nectar.  2

You are neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor air or space. To liberate, know the witness of all these as conscious self.  3

If you detach yourself from the body and rest in consciousness, you will become content, peaceful and free from bondage immediately.  4

You do not belong to 'Brahman' or any other caste, you do not belong to 'Celibate' or any other stage, nor are you anything that the eyes can see. You are unattached, formless and witness of everything, so be happy.  5

Righteousness, unrighteousness, pleasure and pain are connected with the mind and not with the all-pervading you. You are neither the doer nor the reaper of the actions, so you are always almost free.  6

You are the solitary witness of all that is, almost always free. Your only bondage is understanding the seer to be someone else.  7

Ego poisons you to believe: “I am the doer”. Believe “I am not the doer”. Drink this nectar and be happy.  8

The resolution "I am single, pure knowledge” consumes even the dense ignorance like fire. Be beyond disappointments and be happy.  9

Feel the ecstasy, the supreme bliss where this world appears unreal like a snake in a rope, know this and move happily.  10

If you think you are free you are free. If you think you are bound you are bound. It is rightly said: You become what you think.  11

The soul is witness, all-pervading, infinite, one, free, inert, neutral, desire-less and peaceful. Only due to illusion it appears worldly.  12

Meditate on unchanging, conscious and non-dual Self. Be free from the illusion of 'I' and think this external world as part of you.  13

O son, you have become habitual of thinking: “I am body” since long. Experience the Self and by this sword of knowledge cut that bondage and be happy. 14

You are free, still, self-luminous, stainless. Trying keep yourself peaceful by meditation is your bondage.  15

You have pervaded this entire universe; really, you have pervaded it all. You are pure knowledge, don't get disheartened.  16

You are desire-less, changeless, solid and abode to calmness, unfathomable intelligent. Be peaceful and desire nothing but consciousness.  17

Know that form is unreal and only the formless is permanent. Once you know this, you will not take birth again.  18

Just as form exists inside a mirror and outside it, Supreme Self exists both within and outside the body.  19

Just as the same space exists both inside and outside a jar, the eternal, continuous God exists in all.  20