Ashtavakra Samhita, Chapter 8

Ashtavakra and Janaka

Translation and Commentary by Jayaram V

Chapter 8, The Nature of the Bondage and Liberation


Verse 1: Ashtavakra said, “When the mind desires even a little, grieves even a little, rejects even a little, accepts even a little, feels joy or anger even a little, then it is bondage.” Commentary

Verse 2: When the mind neither desires nor grieves, neither rejects nor accepts, feels neither joy nor anger, then it is liberation. Commentary

Verse 3: When the mind is drawn to any sense experience, then it is bondage. When it is disinterested in all sense experiences, then it is liberation. Commentary

Verse 4: When there is no aham (egosense), then it is liberation, but when there is aham, then it is bondage. Thinking thus, without any difficulty you shall neither accept nor rejecting anything. Commentary

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