Ashtavakra (aSTAvakra) (Story From mahabharata)
- aSTAvakra samhitA (gItA) : The Conversation between Ashtavakra and Janaka : ( Links to previous posts)
- One who is sure that being, changing and not being are from svabhAva (one’s own being/nature) easily becomes free from sorrow and undisturbed.
- One who is sure that Is’vara (the Master) is the निर्माता, producer/creator of all and that there is nothing else here, who is free desires and calm is not attached to anything.
(Is’A vAsyam idam sarvam yat kincha jagatyAm jagat / tena tyaktEna bhunjIthA mA grudhah kasya svid dhanam. / : Isa Vasya Upanishad)
aSTAvakra said :
- One who is sure that times of difficulty and prosperity are from daiva (fate), who is content with all his senses stable in himself, neither desires nor grieves.
- One who is sure that happiness and sorrow, birth and death are from daiva (fate), can’t see any goals, is free from fatigue, is not affected (lipyatE) even though he acts.
- One who is sure that sorrow comes from worry and nothing else here, is free from that worry, and is happy and peaceful and without sensation in everything.
- One who is sure, “I am not the body and I have no body, I am the knower (bODha)” attains kailvalya and does not worry about what is done and what is not.
kaivalya is the state of kEvala (Eka), only (One)!
aSTAvakra said :
- One who is sure “I am everything from brahma to a blade of grass”, without imaginings, clean and peaceful is not bothered (engaged/thrilled) by what he gets and what he does not get.
- One who is sure that this universe full of wonders is nothing at all, without attachments (nirvAsana) finds peace like nothing (is) and becomes sphUrtimAtra (only inspiration/consciousness).