Ashtavakra Samhita, Chapter 1, Nature of Witness Self

Ashtavakra and King Janaka

Translation and Commentary by Jayaram V

The First Chapter contains 20 verses and deals with Sakshi, the Witness Self. Ashtavakra explains how the Self is different from the mind and body and how one should become established in it through renunciation and contemplation. In this chapter you are also introduced to some important concepts of Advaita, the school of nonduality.

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