XII. Janaka on the aspect of Contemplation

The Song of the Self-Supreme

Ashtavakra Gita

Radhakamal Mukherjee (publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers 1971)

XII.  Janaka on the aspect of Contemplation

  1. Janaka said: At first I could not stand physical exercise (yogic), then expansion of the word (mantra) and then meditation. Thus verily do I therefore abide (in myself).
  2. Due to lack of interest in any verbal formula and the invisibility of Self I have my mind free from any distraction and single-pointed (to the Self). Thus do I verily abide (in myself).
  3. (A man’s) effort becomes necessary for the purpose of concentration only when the mind is thouroughly distracted due to superimposition and other falsehoods. Discerning this as the rule, thus verily do I abide (in myself).
  4. Due to the absence of both the rejectable (evil) and the acceptable (good) and of any happiness and sorrow, O Brahman, thus verily do I abide in myself.
  5. A stage of life or its negation, meditation and withdrawal from the objects which the mind desires – discerning these as causing distraction, thus verily do I abide (in myself).
  6. Understanding fully that it is from ignorance that both the undertaking and sessation of action take place thus verily do I abide (in myself).
  7. A man who meditates on the unthinkable (reality) resorts only to a form of (his) thought. Hence abandoning that meditation, thus verily do I abide (in myself).
  8. Blessed is the man who has accomplished these, Blessed indeed, is he who thus fulfils himself by his nature.
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