Warning: include(domaintitles/domaintitle_wiki.exoticindiaart.php3): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 921

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'domaintitles/domaintitle_wiki.exoticindiaart.php3' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 921

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > Astavakra (Ashtavakra) Samhita
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Astavakra (Ashtavakra) Samhita
Pages from the book
Astavakra (Ashtavakra) Samhita
Look Inside the Book
Description

Translator's Preface to the Third Edition

The Astavakra Samhita, or Astavakra Gita as it is sometimes called, is a short treatise on Advaita Vedanta, ascribed to a great sage, Astavakra. Written in Sanskrit, it consists of a dialogue between Astavakra and his disciple Janaka. Who these two were, however, is not known.

There is a story in the Mahabharata which mentions Astavakra and Janaka. It is found in chapters 132-34 of the Vanaparvan. Astavakra's parents were named 'Kahor and Sujata. One day, when Astavakra was still in his mother's womb, Kahor was sitting beside his wife and reciting the Vedas. To their great surprise, the child in the womb suddenly cried out: 'Father, through your grace I have already learnt all the Vedas, even lying in my mother's womb. But I am sorry to say that you often make mistakes in your recitation.'

Kahor took this as grave insult and cursed his son, saying that he would be born with eight parts of his body deformed. Accordingly, in due course, the child was born with a twisted form and was named Astavakra, which means 'eight-curved'. Kahor went one day to the court of Janaka to beg money from the King. The King had at that time at his court a great scholar called Vandin, who was the son of King Varuna. Vandin was profoundly versed in the Vedas, and Kahor was called upon to debate with him. Kahor was defeated and as a result he was sent into the depths of the sea, there to be engaged as a priest taking part in a sacrifice performed by Varuna.

Time passed, and when Astavakra was a lad of twelve he heard of the sad plight of his father. Accompanied by his maternal uncle, Svetaketu, Astavakra went to the court of King Janaka. Being a mere boy, he was not at first allowed entrance into the court, but when he gave proof of his extraordinary knowledge of the Sastras, he was cordially welcomed. At once he sought out his father's opponent, Vandin, and entered into a debate with him. A most remarkable controversy ensued, and the boy of twelve defeated the foremost scholar of the court of Janaka. He then rescued his father from the grip of Varuna. Kahor was very pleased at his son's achievement and wished to withdraw the curse he had put upon him before his birth. He therefore told Astavakra to go and bathe in the river Samanga. Astavakra did so, and lo, he came out of the water with all his limbs made straight. But his name continued the same for ever.

Coming to modern times, it is interesting to find that this ancient classic, the Astavakra Samhita, played a rather important part in the early life of Swami Vivekananda. When he first made the acquaintance of Sri Ramakrishna he was in intimate touch with the Brahmo Samaj and was under the influence of its ideas and teachings. At that time he would not believe in Advaita. But at their very first meeting Sri Ramakrishna had seen into his inmost being and had found that the Swami was pre-eminently monistic in temperament, and in this he was unique among his disciples. But at that time the Swami was quite unconscious of this and so, naturally, he resisted any monistic teaching from his Master. But Sri Ramakrishna found a way to overcome this difficulty. He had in his room a copy of the Astavakra Samhita, and very often he would ask the Swami to read it out to him. After reading a verse or two the Swami would refuse to proceed further. But the Master would induce him to read on by saying that he was not insisting on his accepting this teaching, but only asking him to read it out to him. In this way this book came to have a great influence on his life. He laid great emphasis on Advaita and often declared that it would become the future religion of mankind.

This translation of the Astavakra Samhita, was first published in Prabuddha Bharata, month by month from January 1929 to December 1931. It was revised and published in book form in 1940, a second edition appearing in 1953. In the present edition both the English translation and the notes have been thoroughly revised with many additions and alterations. Considerable improvement has thus been effected. The text is more easily comprehensible and the notes bring out more clearly the central teaching of Astavakra.

Earlier, this English rendering had appeared in conjunction with the Kanarese script, published in 1932 from the palace of the Maharaja of Mysore. A second edition of this Kanarese version was published in 1936. We shall always feel indebted to Mr. V. Subramanya Iyer, sometime Registrar of the Mysore University, who took a keen interest in this work and wrote an Introduction for the Kanarese version. He also went through the whole work in its earliest phase, making valuable suggestions for its imporvement.

Dr. Satkari Mookerjee, M.A., Ph.D., who has kindly written the Introduction to this book, was formerly Asutosh Professor of Sankrit at the University of Calcutta. He is well known in India and abroad for his deep and outstanding scholarship in the different braches of Sanskrit learning, Pali, and Indian philosophy, including Buddhism and Jainism. We offer him our deepest gratitude for the sincere interest he has taken in this publication, going through the whole work very minutely and writing his most learned Introduction.
Belur Math
June 1969

 

CONTENTS

 

Chapter   Page
  INTRODUCTION xi
I INSTRUCTION ON SELF-REALIZATION 1
II JOY OF SELF-REALIZATION 17
III TEST OF SELF-REALIZATION 33
IV GLORIFICATION OF SELF-REALIZATION 43
V FOUR WAYS TO DISSOLUTION 47
VI THE HIGHER KNOWLEDGE 50
VII NATURE OF SELF-REALIZATION 53
VIII BONDAGE AND LIBERATION 57
IX DETACHMENT 60
X QUIETUDE 66
XI WISDOM 71
XII ABIDING IN THE SELF 77
XIII HAPPINESS 83
XIV TRANQUILLITY 88
XV KNOWLEDGE OF THE SELF 92
XVI SPECIAL INSTRUCTION 105
XVII THE TRUE KNOWER 114
XVIII PEACE 126
XIX REPOSE IN THE SELF 184
XX LIBERATION-IN-LIFE 189
  INDEX 197
 

Sample Pages









Astavakra (Ashtavakra) Samhita

Item Code:
IDJ313
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2020
Publisher:
ISBN:
9788185301136
Language:
Text, with word-for-word Translation, English Rendering, Comments, and Index of The Ashtavakra Gita
Size:
7.2" X 4.9"
Pages:
200
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 185 gms
Price:
$20.00   Shipping Free
Look Inside the Book
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Astavakra (Ashtavakra) Samhita
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 18916 times since 30th Nov, 2020

Translator's Preface to the Third Edition

The Astavakra Samhita, or Astavakra Gita as it is sometimes called, is a short treatise on Advaita Vedanta, ascribed to a great sage, Astavakra. Written in Sanskrit, it consists of a dialogue between Astavakra and his disciple Janaka. Who these two were, however, is not known.

There is a story in the Mahabharata which mentions Astavakra and Janaka. It is found in chapters 132-34 of the Vanaparvan. Astavakra's parents were named 'Kahor and Sujata. One day, when Astavakra was still in his mother's womb, Kahor was sitting beside his wife and reciting the Vedas. To their great surprise, the child in the womb suddenly cried out: 'Father, through your grace I have already learnt all the Vedas, even lying in my mother's womb. But I am sorry to say that you often make mistakes in your recitation.'

Kahor took this as grave insult and cursed his son, saying that he would be born with eight parts of his body deformed. Accordingly, in due course, the child was born with a twisted form and was named Astavakra, which means 'eight-curved'. Kahor went one day to the court of Janaka to beg money from the King. The King had at that time at his court a great scholar called Vandin, who was the son of King Varuna. Vandin was profoundly versed in the Vedas, and Kahor was called upon to debate with him. Kahor was defeated and as a result he was sent into the depths of the sea, there to be engaged as a priest taking part in a sacrifice performed by Varuna.

Time passed, and when Astavakra was a lad of twelve he heard of the sad plight of his father. Accompanied by his maternal uncle, Svetaketu, Astavakra went to the court of King Janaka. Being a mere boy, he was not at first allowed entrance into the court, but when he gave proof of his extraordinary knowledge of the Sastras, he was cordially welcomed. At once he sought out his father's opponent, Vandin, and entered into a debate with him. A most remarkable controversy ensued, and the boy of twelve defeated the foremost scholar of the court of Janaka. He then rescued his father from the grip of Varuna. Kahor was very pleased at his son's achievement and wished to withdraw the curse he had put upon him before his birth. He therefore told Astavakra to go and bathe in the river Samanga. Astavakra did so, and lo, he came out of the water with all his limbs made straight. But his name continued the same for ever.

Coming to modern times, it is interesting to find that this ancient classic, the Astavakra Samhita, played a rather important part in the early life of Swami Vivekananda. When he first made the acquaintance of Sri Ramakrishna he was in intimate touch with the Brahmo Samaj and was under the influence of its ideas and teachings. At that time he would not believe in Advaita. But at their very first meeting Sri Ramakrishna had seen into his inmost being and had found that the Swami was pre-eminently monistic in temperament, and in this he was unique among his disciples. But at that time the Swami was quite unconscious of this and so, naturally, he resisted any monistic teaching from his Master. But Sri Ramakrishna found a way to overcome this difficulty. He had in his room a copy of the Astavakra Samhita, and very often he would ask the Swami to read it out to him. After reading a verse or two the Swami would refuse to proceed further. But the Master would induce him to read on by saying that he was not insisting on his accepting this teaching, but only asking him to read it out to him. In this way this book came to have a great influence on his life. He laid great emphasis on Advaita and often declared that it would become the future religion of mankind.

This translation of the Astavakra Samhita, was first published in Prabuddha Bharata, month by month from January 1929 to December 1931. It was revised and published in book form in 1940, a second edition appearing in 1953. In the present edition both the English translation and the notes have been thoroughly revised with many additions and alterations. Considerable improvement has thus been effected. The text is more easily comprehensible and the notes bring out more clearly the central teaching of Astavakra.

Earlier, this English rendering had appeared in conjunction with the Kanarese script, published in 1932 from the palace of the Maharaja of Mysore. A second edition of this Kanarese version was published in 1936. We shall always feel indebted to Mr. V. Subramanya Iyer, sometime Registrar of the Mysore University, who took a keen interest in this work and wrote an Introduction for the Kanarese version. He also went through the whole work in its earliest phase, making valuable suggestions for its imporvement.

Dr. Satkari Mookerjee, M.A., Ph.D., who has kindly written the Introduction to this book, was formerly Asutosh Professor of Sankrit at the University of Calcutta. He is well known in India and abroad for his deep and outstanding scholarship in the different braches of Sanskrit learning, Pali, and Indian philosophy, including Buddhism and Jainism. We offer him our deepest gratitude for the sincere interest he has taken in this publication, going through the whole work very minutely and writing his most learned Introduction.
Belur Math
June 1969

 

CONTENTS

 

Chapter   Page
  INTRODUCTION xi
I INSTRUCTION ON SELF-REALIZATION 1
II JOY OF SELF-REALIZATION 17
III TEST OF SELF-REALIZATION 33
IV GLORIFICATION OF SELF-REALIZATION 43
V FOUR WAYS TO DISSOLUTION 47
VI THE HIGHER KNOWLEDGE 50
VII NATURE OF SELF-REALIZATION 53
VIII BONDAGE AND LIBERATION 57
IX DETACHMENT 60
X QUIETUDE 66
XI WISDOM 71
XII ABIDING IN THE SELF 77
XIII HAPPINESS 83
XIV TRANQUILLITY 88
XV KNOWLEDGE OF THE SELF 92
XVI SPECIAL INSTRUCTION 105
XVII THE TRUE KNOWER 114
XVIII PEACE 126
XIX REPOSE IN THE SELF 184
XX LIBERATION-IN-LIFE 189
  INDEX 197
 

Sample Pages









Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Astavakra (Ashtavakra) Samhita (Hindu | Books)

Ashtavakra Gita in Kannada (Set of 2 Volumes)
Item Code: MZP611
$38.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
अष्टावक्र गीता- Ashtavakra Gita
by Ravi Shankar
HARDCOVER (Edition: 2011)
SRI SRI PUBLICATION TRUST
Item Code: MZN247
$32.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ashtavakra Gita in Marathi (Vol-II)
Item Code: MZM246
$29.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ashtavakra Gita in Marathi (Vol-I)
by Milind Govind Kelkar
PAPERBACK (Edition: 2015)
SRI SRI PUBLICATION TRUST
Item Code: MZM257
$29.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ashtavakra Gita (Gujarati)
Item Code: MZL883
$37.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ashtavakra Gita (Bengali)
PAPERBACK (Edition: 2010)
SRI SRI PUBLICATION TRUST
Item Code: MZL536
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ashtavakra Gita (Tamil)
by R. Viswanathan
PAPERBACK (Edition: 2019)
Sri Ramanasraman,Truvannamalai
Item Code: MZK151
$15.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Astavakra Geeta (Telugu)
Item Code: MZK247
$29.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Namaskaram. Thank you so much for my beautiful Durga Mata who is now present and emanating loving and vibrant energy in my home sweet home and beyond its walls.   High quality statue with intricate detail by design. Carved with love. I love it.   Durga herself lives in all of us.   Sathyam. Shivam. Sundaram.
Rekha, Chicago
I just wanted to let you know that the book arrived safely today, very well packaged. Thanks so much for your help. It is exactly what I needed! I will definitely order again from Exotic India with full confidence. Wishing you peace, health, and happiness in the New Year.
Susan, USA
Thank you guys! I got the book! Your relentless effort to set this order right is much appreciated!!
Utpal, USA
You guys always provide the best customer care. Thank you so much for this.
Devin, USA
On the 4th of January I received the ordered Peacock Bell Lamps in excellent condition. Thank you very much. 
Alexander, Moscow
Gracias por todo, Parvati es preciosa, ya le he recibido.
Joan Carlos, Spain
We received the item in good shape without any damage. It is simply gorgeous. Look forward to more business with you. Thank you.
Sarabjit, USA
Your sculpture is truly beautiful and of inspiring quality!  I wish you continuous great success so that you may always be able to offer such beauty to all people throughout the world! Thank you for caring about your customers as well as the standard of your products.  It is extremely appreciated!! Sending you much love.
Deborah, USA
I’m glad you guys understand my side, well you guys have one of the best international store,  And I will probably continue being pleased costumer Thank you guys so much.
Renato, Brazil
I'm always so appreciative of Exotic India. You have such a terrific website, and great customer service. I wish you all the best, and hope you have a happy new year!
Eric, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2021 © Exotic India