Aṣṭāvakragītā (the Song of the Self Supreme): The Classical Text of Ātmādvaita by Aṣṭāvakra

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Radhakamal Mukerjee
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1971 - Absolute, The - 199 pages
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Astavakragita is a unique text among the world's contemplative classics dealing systematically with the mystical experiences of the Self on its way to transcendence, peace and bliss. There are few ancient treatises in East or West which evince such profound and lively concern with the Supreme Self as the ultimate reality, embo-died in mystical insight and experience, and written with such spiritual imagination and poetic fervour.

This book presents in twenty chapters the substance of Astavakra's teaching in respect to the Cosmic Self in the form of his dialogue with Janaka, the seer-king of Videha. The teaching is based on the Upanisadic creed of absolute monism (advaitavada) that identifies the Self with the nondual Ultimate Reality. But the contribution of Astavakra is also immense, for he has introduced the element of emotional experience or the mystical feeling as the means for realizing the non-dual nature of the Self. Written in a lucid style and dealing systematically with the subject matter, the book holds a unique position among the contemplative classics of the world.
 

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Contents

Introductory Essay l
17
Vision of the Self as the Allpervading Witness Saksl
29
Marvel of the Infinite Self Beyond Nature
40
fIII Ascaryam 40 Self in All and All in the Self Atmadvaita
52
Knower and the Nonknower of the Self Sarvamatma
58
Stages of Dissolution of Consciousness Laya 6l VI Irrelevance of Dissolution of Consciousness
61
Prakrteh Parah
65
Tranquil and Boundless Ocean of the Self Santa
73
Self as Pure and Radiant intelligence Cidrupa
85
Ascent of Contemplation Svabhava
95
Natural Dissolution of the Mind Isvara l00 XV Unborn Self or Brahman Tattvam
100
SelfAbidance through Obliteration of the World Svasthya
117
Absolute Aloneness of the Self Kaivalya
123
Way and Goal of Natural Samadhi Jlvanmukti
132
Majesty of the Self Svamahima
169
Transcendence of the Self Akincanabhava
173

Bondage and Freedom Moksa
74
Indifference Nirveda
76

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