XVII. Astavakra on the absolute aloneness of the Self

The Song of the Self-Supreme

Ashtavakra Gita

Radhakamal Mukherjee (publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers 1971)

XVII.  Astavakra on the absolute aloneness of the Self

  1. Astavakra said: He has obtained the fruit of wisdom as well as of the practice of yoga who, self-contended and purified in senses, constantly moves about in his aloneness.
  2. the wise man never suffers misery in this world. For he alone fills the whole constellation of the universe.
  3. Just as the elephant, which delights in the leaves of the sallaki tree, dislikes the leaves of nimbi,  so is he contented in the Self, ever displeased with any sense-objects.
  4. Such a person is rare in the world who does not hanker after the enjoyment of things enjoyed by him, or after things not enjoyed.
  5. Men who seek enjoyment and men who seek emancipation are both found in this world. Rare is the noble minded one who desires neither enjoyment nor emancipation.
  6. It is only a few broad-minded persons who have no sense of either attraction for, or rejection of righteousness, wealth, desire and emancipation as well as of life and death.
  7. For the man of wisdom there is neither longing for the dissolution of the universe nor aversion for its existence. Hence he is blessed as he lives contentedly with whatever kind of living comes to his lot.
  8. Fulfilled by this wisdom (of the Self), with his mind merged and contented (in the Self), he lives happily, seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and assimilating (the objects of senses).
  9. For him the sense of reality of the world is annihilated and he has neither attachment nor aversion for it. His gaze becomes vacant, his bodily action purposeless, and his senses inoperative.
  10. The wise man is neither waked-up nor asleep, he neither opens nor closes his eyes. Oh, the liberated soul everywhere experiences the supreme condition.
  11. The wise man abides in himself everywhere, is undefiled in his desires everywhere. Released from all passions he shines like the free being everywhere.
  12. The emancipated person, the noble-minded one as he sees, hears, touches, smells, eats, accepts, speaks and moves is free, indeed, from attachment or aversion.
  13. He neither abuses nor praises, neither rejoices nor is angry. Ne neither gives nor receives. He is bereft of favours in respect of all things.
  14. The noble-minded one remains unperturbed and self-poised at the sight of a woman full of passion and at the approach of death. Verily he is emancipated.
  15. The wise one, one goes the same everywhere, finds no difference between happiness and misery, man and woman, fortune and misfortune.
  16. In the wise man whose mundane life has waned, and who transcends humanness, there is neither violence nor compassion, neither pride nor humanity, neither surprise nor agitation.
  17. The emancipated one has neither aversion nor craving for the objects of the senses. With his detached mind, he enjoys (equally) what is attained and what is not attained.
  18. The wise man with an empty mind does not know the mental alternatives of contemplation and non-contemplation and of good and evil. He abides as if in the state of absolute aloneness.
  19. He is devoid of ego-sense and ego-fasting. He knows for certain that nothing is. With all desires melted away in the inner life, he has no action though he acts.
  20. A supreme state is attained by the man of wisdom who with his mind melted away is denuded of the expressions of the mind, delusion, imagination and inertia.
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