Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ashtavakra's Pointers to the Realised One

Ashtavakra Gita, the dialogue between Sage Ashtavakra and King Janak, variously describes the Realised One thus:

"The wise one who lives on happily doing what comes to one to be done, does not feel troubled in activity or inactivity."

"For the wise man there is nothing to be renounced nor accepted nor destroyed."

"He who has attained Brahman cannot be distinguished from other men of the world, either in their dress or in their behaviour...He wears no external signs."

"The Realised One lives like other men of the world...only those like him can understand him...such a person ever feels his oneness with ALL."

"Seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, taking, speaking and walking, the great-souled one, free from all efforts and non-efforts, is verily emancipated."

"The Realised One does not feel any desire for the dissolution of the universe nor aversion to its existence."

"The man of ignorance does not attain peace either by action or inaction. The wise one becomes happy by merely attaining the Truth."

1 comment:

  1. Ashtavakra cuts straight to the core. I especially love the poetic translation by Thomas Byrom.

    Glad to see a fresh spurt of posts from you!

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