Aṣṭāvakragītā (the Song of the Self Supreme): The Classical Text of Ātmādvaita by Aṣṭāvakra
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1971 - Absolute, The - 199 pages
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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Introductory Essay l
Vision of the Self as the Allpervading Witness Saksl
Marvel of the Infinite Self Beyond Nature
fIII Ascaryam 40 Self in All and All in the Self Atmadvaita
Knower and the Nonknower of the Self Sarvamatma
Stages of Dissolution of Consciousness Laya 6l VI Irrelevance of Dissolution of Consciousness
Tranquil and Boundless Ocean of the Self Santa
Self as Pure and Radiant intelligence Cidrupa
Ascent of Contemplation Svabhava
Natural Dissolution of the Mind Isvara l00 XV Unborn Self or Brahman Tattvam
SelfAbidance through Obliteration of the World Svasthya
Absolute Aloneness of the Self Kaivalya
Way and Goal of Natural Samadhi Jlvanmukti
Majesty of the Self Svamahima
Transcendence of the Self Akincanabhava
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abide absolute aloneness action advaita all-encompassing all-pervading Astavakra uvaca Astdvakra Gitd Asvaghosa Atman Atman or Brahman attained becomes Bhagavad Bhagavadgitd birth bliss body bondage boundless Brahman chapter cinmdtra contemplation cosmic delusion desire desireless devoid dhirasya dissolution dtmd duality of opposites ego-sense eternal evil exists experience freedom Gaudapada Gita Gitd goals gunas happiness ignorance illusion immutable indivisible intuition Janaka jiva jivanmukta kaivalya Kdrikd kevala knower knowledge kva vd laya laya yoga liberation manah maya Mdndukya meditation mind misery moksa monism Mundaka mystical nature nirvikalpa non-attachment non-dual notion object ocean ontological pairs of opposites Patanjali phenomenal world philosophy prakrti pure consciousness pure intelligence Purusa realization rejection samddhi sarvam self-abidance self-knowledge sense serene shines Siva stressed sukhi supreme svarupa svasthah svdsthya Svetdivatara term thought transcendence truth ultimate reality unborn unity universe Upanisad says Vedanta Vedantic verily verse waves wisdom wise witness XVII XVIII yoga yogi yogic