XIII. Janaka on the Transcendent Bliss

The Song of the Self-Supreme

Ashtavakra Gita

Radhakamal Mukherjee (publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers 1971)

XIII.  Janaka on the Transcendent Bliss

  1. Janaka said: Abidance with the Self which does not spring from anything (unborn) cannot be obtained even in the state of renunciation with only a loin-cloth. Hence abandoning renunciation and acceptance I live in true happiness.
  2. There is distress of the body. There is distress of the mind. Forsaking all these I abide in the supreme goal of life (establishment in the Self).
  3. Fully understanding that nothing in reality is done (by the Self), I only do whatever comes of itself. Hence I live in true happiness.
  4. The yogis who are attached to the body show insistence on action or inaction. Due to my abandonment of the sense of association or disassociation (with the body) I live in true happiness.
  5. Neither any good nor any evil is associated with my stability, movement or repose.Hence I live in true happiness whether I am at rest, move about or sleep.
  6. There is neither any lapse of mine in rest nor in effort. Hence abandoning the sense of deprivation and delight, I live in true happiness.
  7. Finding repeatedly the fluctuations of pleasure etc. under different circumstances, I have given up good and evil and live in true happiness.
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