Astavakra Gita :chapter1

Chapter 1

janaka uvāca kathaṁ jñānamavāpnoti kathaṁ muktirbhaviṣyati vairāgyaṁ ca kathaṁ prāptaṁ etad brūhi mama prabho

Janaka: How is knowledge to be acquired? How is liberation to be attained? And how is dispassion to be reached? Tell me this, sir.


aṣṭāvakra uvāca muktiṁ icchasi cettāta viṣayān viṣavattyaja kṣamārjavadayātoṣasatyaṁ pīyūṣavad bhaja
Ashtavakra: If you are seeking liberation, my son, shun the objects of the senses like poison. Practise tolerance, sincerity, compassion, contentment and truthfulness like nectar.


na pṛthvī na jalaṁ nāgnirna vāyurdyaurna vā bhavān eṣāṁ sākṣiṇamātmānaṁ cidrūpaṁ viddhi muktaye
You do not consist of the elements – earth, water, fire, air or even ether. To be liberated, know yourself as consisting of consciousness, the witness of these.


yadi dehaṁ pṛthak kṛtya citi viśrāmya tiṣṭhasi adhunaiva sukhī śānto bandhamukto bhaviṣyasi

If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful and free from bonds.


na tvaṁ viprādiko varṇo nāśramī nākṣagocaraḥ asaṅgo’si nirākāro viśvasākṣī sukhī bhava
You do not belong to the brahmin or any other caste, you are not at any stage, nor are you anything that the eye can see. You are unattached and formless, the witness of everything – so be happy.


dharmādharmau sukhaṁ duḥkhaṁ mānasāni na te vibho na kartāsi na bhoktāsi mukta evāsi sarvadā
Righteousness and unrighteousness, pleasure and pain are purely of the mind and are no concern of yours. You are neither the doer nor the reaper of the consequences, so you are always free.


eko draṣṭāsi sarvasya muktaprāyo’si sarvadā ayameva hi te bandho draṣṭāraṁ paśyasītaram
You are the one witness of everything, and are always completely free. The cause of your bondage is that you see the witness as something other than this.


ahaṁ kartetyahaṁmānamahākṛṣṇāhidaṁśitaḥ nāhaṁ karteti viśvāsāmṛtaṁ pītvā sukhī bhava
Since you have been bitten by the black snake, the opinion about yourself that “I am the doer”, drink the antidote of faith in the fact that “I am not the doer”, and be happy.


eko viśuddhabodho’haṁ iti niścayavahninā prajvālyājñānagahanaṁ vītaśokaḥ sukhī bhava
Burn down the forest of ignorance with the fire of the understanding that “I am the one pure awareness”, and be happy and free from distress.


yatra viśvamidaṁ bhāti kalpitaṁ rajjusarpavat ānandaparamānandaḥ sa bodhastvaṁ sukhaṁ bhava
That in which all this appears – imagined like the snake in a rope, that joy, supreme joy and awareness is what you are, so be happy.


muktābhimānī mukto hi baddho baddhābhimānyapi kiṁvadantīha satyeyaṁ yā matiḥ sā gatirbhavet
If one thinks of oneself as free, one is free, and if one thinks of oneself as bound, one is bound. Here this saying is true, “Thinking makes it so”.


ātmā sākṣī vibhuḥ pūrṇa eko muktaścidakriyaḥ asaṁgo niḥspṛhaḥ śānto bhramātsaṁsāravāniva
Your real nature is as the one perfect, free, and actionless consciousness, the all-pervading witness – unattached to anything, desireless and at peace. It is from illusion that you seem to be involved in samsara.


kūṭasthaṁ bodhamadvaitamātmānaṁ paribhāvaya ābhāso’haṁ bhramaṁ muktvā bhāvaṁ bāhyamathāntaram Meditate on yourself as motionless awareness, free from any dualism, giving up the mistaken idea that you are just a derivative consciousness, or anything external or internal.


dehābhimānapāśena ciraṁ baddho’si putraka bodho’haṁ jñānakhaṁgena taḥnikṛtya sukhī Bhava
You have long been trapped in the snare of identification with the body. Sever it with the knife of knowledge that “I am awareness”, and be happy, my son.


niḥsaṁgo niṣkriyo’si tvaṁ svaprakāśo niraṁjanaḥ ayameva hi te bandhaḥ samādhimanutiṣṭhati You are really unbound and actionless, self-illuminating and spotless already. The cause of your bondage is that you are still resorting to stilling the mind.


tvayā vyāptamidaṁ viśvaṁ tvayi protaṁ yathārthataḥ śuddhabuddhasvarūpastvaṁ mā gamaḥ kṣudracittatām
All of this is really filled by you and strung out in you, for what you consist of is pure awareness – so don’t be small minded.


nirapekṣo nirvikāro nirbharaḥ śītalāśayaḥ agādhabuddhirakṣubdho bhava cinmātravāsanaḥ You are unconditioned and changeless, formless and immovable, unfathomable awareness and unperturbable, so hold to nothing but consciousness.


sākāramanṛtaṁ viddhi nirākāraṁ tu niścalam etattattvopadeśena na punarbhavasaṁbhavaḥsākāramanṛtaṁ viddhi nirākāraṁ tu niścalam etattattvopadeśena na punarbhavasaṁbhavaḥ Recognise that the apparent is unreal, while the unmanifest is abiding. Through this initiation into truth you will escape falling into unreality again.


yathaivādarśamadhyasthe rūpe’ntaḥ paritastu saḥ tathaivā’smin śarīre’ntaḥ paritaḥ parameśvaraḥ
Just as a mirror exists everywhere both within and apart from its reflected images, so the Supreme Lord exists everywhere within and apart from this body.


ekaṁ sarvagataṁ vyoma bahirantaryathā ghaṭe nityaṁ nirantaraṁ brahma sarvabhūtagaṇe tathā
Just as one and the same all-pervading space exists within and without a jar, so the eternal, everlasting God exists in the totality of things.





Georgia prison guard has inmate’s baby, pleads guilty to oath violation

After having a sexual relationship with an inmate in 2016, a former prison guard on Monday pleaded guilty to violating her oath of office.

Deenesha Lemandy Carter, 23, worked as a corrections officer at Central State Prison, where an inmate impregnated her, the Macon Telegraph reported.

Walter Lee Harris, an inmate serving a life sentence for a DeKalb County murder, is the father of the baby, the Telegraph reported.

On Monday, Carter accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to five years on probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine. She must give up her Peace Officer Standards and Training certification and is barred from holding a job in law enforcement while she’s on probation, according to the newspaper.

Sentenced as a first offender, Carter won’t have a felony record if she successfully completes her sentence.


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Why men who can’t wear shorts are wearing skirts instead

Overheated men and boys in the UK and Europe are defying dress codes by wearing skirts.

Bus drivers in France are among those who have been coping with soaring temperatures by ditching their trousers.

After finding it too hot to work in full-length leg wear, members of the CFDT Semitan Union in Nantes got around the no-shorts-to-work policy by wearing skirts.

The drivers told the local Presse Ocean news site they envied women who were able to wear skirts in the heat wave, and the video of their story has been viewed more than 160,000 times in two days.

Union member Gabriel Magner said: “When it’s 50 degrees behind the windscreen all day, those are work conditions which are not acceptable.

“What we want is for the company to do something about it so when it gets like this a heat regulation can come into force when the temperature reaches a certain level, to allow drivers to wear Bermuda shorts, for example.”

No shorts allowed

Its not the only bare legged protest over the last few days. Record high June temperatures in the UK have also prompted boys at one school in Exeter to wear skirts in a protest over the school’s uniform policy.


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Trending: Juventus release Dani Alves, Ronaldo stars for Portugal

JUVENTUS: Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender.

– Juventus’ general manager Beppe Marotta says that Alex Sandro can leave this summer if he is no longer happy, and confirmed a suitable bid has been received.

– Sampdoria forward Patrik Schick arrived in Turin on Thursday morning to undergo a medical a head of a proposed move to Juventus this summer.

CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Cristiano Ronaldo remained silent on his Real Madrid future after taking no questions during a postmatch news conference following his Man of the Match award in the wake of Portugal’s 1-0 Confederations Cup victory against Russia in Moscow.

– Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio apologized following El Tri’s 2-1 victory over New Zealand, after TV cameras caught him shouting a foul-mouthed word in English towards the opposition bench.

– Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo will not take any further part in the Confederations Cup.

CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE: Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has been given an eight-match ban and a fine by Chinese football authorities after he was judged to have instigated a mass brawl in Shanghai SIPG’s draw with Guangzhou R&F on Sunday.

MAN UNITED: Manchester United are considering a number of offers for Adnan Januzaj, including one from Real Sociedad, sources have told ESPN FC.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic has offers from Italy and the United States after being released by Manchester United, according to the striker’s agent Mino Raiola.

LIVERPOOL: Roma forward Mohamed Salah will undergo a medical at Liverpool on Thursday as he closes in on a €39 million move, a source has told ESPN FC.

– Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has told the Sunday World that Virgil van Dijk can still force a move to Anfield.

BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich have threatened to go to FIFA if clubs approach Robert Lewandowski, amid speculation that Manchester United and Chelsea have held talks with the striker.

– Former Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld has told Sport Bild that buying Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez would make the Bundesliga champions “a better team.”

REAL MADRID: Former Real Madrid star Luis Figo believes “nobody is indispensable” in football, not even Cristiano Ronaldo.

ASTON VILLA: Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has said he will not enter into a public conversation about the possible signing of John Terry, even though they are making a determined effort to bring him to the club.

INTER MILAN: Borja Valero is expected to replace Ever Banega at Inter Milan summer with negotiations at an advanced stage for both players to move.

DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund have said Mario Gotze is close to returning to training following the “metabolic disturbances” that have kept him on the sidelines since late February, although left-back Raphael Guerreiro could be set for a long spell on the sidelines.

BUNDESLIGA: China’s under-20 team could participate in one of Germany’s regional fourth divisions, the German FA (DFB) has said.

MLS: D.C. United rallied from a goal behind to beat Atlanta United 2-1 at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.


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