Ashtavakra Gita Part 2

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King Janaka says: Amazingly, I am flawless, peaceful, beyond nature and of the form of knowledge. It is ironical to be deluded all this time.॥1॥

As I illumine this body, so I illumine the world. Therefore, either the whole world is mine or nothing is.॥2॥

Now abandoning this world along with the body, Lord is seen through some skill.॥3॥

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Just as waves, foam and bubbles are not different from water, similarly all this world which has emanated from self, is not different from self.॥4॥

On reasoning, cloth is known to be just thread, similarly all this world is self only.॥5॥

Just as the sugar made from sugarcane juice has the same flavor, similarly this world is made out from me and is constantly pervaded by me.॥6॥

Due to ignorance, self appears as the world; on realizing self it disappears. Due to oversight a rope appears as a snake and on correcting it, snake does not appear any longer.॥7॥

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Light is my very nature and I am nothing else besides that. That light illumines the ego as it illumines the world.॥8॥

Amazingly, this imagined world appears in me due to ignorance, as silver in sea-shell, a snake in the rope, water in the sunlight.॥9॥

This world is originated from me and gets absorbed in me, like a jug back into clay, a wave into water, and a bracelet into gold.॥10॥

Amazing! Salutations to me who is indestructible and remains even after the destruction of the whole world from Brahma down to the grass.॥11॥

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Amazing! Salutations to me who is skilled and there is no one else like him, who without even touching this body, holds all the world.॥13॥

Amazing! Salutations to me who either does not possess anything or possesses anything that could be referred by speech and mind.॥14॥

Knowledge, object of knowledge and the knower, these three do not exist in reality. The flawless self appears as these three due to ignorance.॥15॥

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Definitely, duality (distinction) is the fundamental reason of suffering. There is no other remedy for it other than knowing that all that is visible, is unreal, and that I am one, pure consciousness.॥16॥

I am of the nature of light only, due to ignorance I have imagined other attributes in me. By reasoning thus, I exist eternally and without cause.॥17॥

For me there is neither bondage nor liberation. I am peaceful and without support. This world though imagined in me, does not exist in me in reality.॥18॥

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Definitely this world along with this body is non-existent. Only pure, conscious self exists. What else is there to be imagined now?॥19॥

The body, heaven and hell, bondage and liberation, and fear, these are all unreal. What is my connection with them who is conscious.॥20॥

Amazingly, I do not see duality in a crowd, it also appear desolate. Now who is there to have an attachment with.॥21॥

I am not the body, nor is the body mine. I am consciousness. My only bondage is the thirst for life.॥22॥

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Amazingly, as soon as the mental winds arise in the infinite ocean of myself, many waves of surprising worlds come into existence.॥23॥

As soon as these mental winds subside in the infinite ocean of myself, the world boat of trader-like ‘jeeva’ gets destroyed as if by misfortune.॥24॥

Amazingly, in the infinite ocean of myself, the waves of life arise, meet, play and disappear naturally.॥25॥

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