Bitten by the Black Snake: The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra

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Sentient Publications, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 114 pages
The Ashtavakra Gita is a very ancient Sanskrit text, probably dating back to the classic Vedanta period. It was appreciated and quoted by Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi, and Radhakrishnan, as it presents the traditional teachings of Advaita Vedanta with a clarity and power very rarely matched. It has been called 'a quantum leap into the absolute'. Its message is that there is neither existence nor non existence, right nor wrong, moral nor immoral. In the view of the sage Ashtavakra, the apparent author of this text, one's true identity can be found by simply recogniSing oneself as pure existence, or the awareness of all things. The text is the response to a question posed by King Janaka to Sage Ashtavakra: "Tell me, O Lord, how can true knowledge be acquired, renunciation made possible and liberation attained?" Ashtavakra's answer is a sincere and unhesitating statement of the ultimate truth. It is said that Janaka posed his question to Ashtavakra while placing one foot in the saddle to mount his horse. Ashtavakra told him that by following his instructions, Janaka could attain liberation by the time he sat astride the horse. With Ashtavakra's forceful, direct instructions Janaka is emancipated instantaneously. In this edition, the text is expounded on by Swiss mystic and therapist, Manuel Schoch.
 

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Contents

MODERN MEDITATION
12
AWARENESS AND OBSERVATION
25
THE SERPENT OF EGO
35
OBSERVING DESIRE
41
CONFUSION CREATES OBSERVATION
48
FORM AND STILLNESS
54
THE FOURTH SUTRA
61
AT HIRD STATE
67
SNEAKING AROUND THE EGO
73
FEEDING THE CLIMATE
74
FEAR AND DESIRE
81
SEEING THE WHOLE
87
WORKING WITH THE HEART
93
THE EGO IS LIKE THE APPLE
103
THE IDENTIFICATION GAME
110
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Ellie James is a former marketing executive, and is a native of Louisiana.

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