XIX. Janaka on the majesty of the Self

The Song of the Self-Supreme

Ashtavakra Gita

Radhakamal Mukherjee (publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers 1971)

XIX.  Janaka on the majesty of the Self

  1. Janaka said : I have extracted by means of the pincers of the knowledge of the Self the thorns of diverse intellectual opinions from the deep recesses of my consciousness.
  2. To me established in my own grandeur, where is righteousness, where is desire, where is wealth, where is conscience? And where is duality and where, again, is non-duality?
  3. To me established in my own grandeur, where is the past, where is the future and where is the present ? Where is space and where is eternity?
  4. Where is the Self, and where is the non-self, where is good and where is evil? Where is meditation, and where is non-meditation for me established in my own grandeur?
  5. To me abiding in my own grandeur where is dream, where is slumber and where is waking? Where is the fourth state (of ecstasy), and where is anxiety?
  6. To me established in my own grandeur, where is distance, where is nearness, where is outside and where is inside? And where is the gross and where is the subtle?
  7. To me established in my own grandeur, where is death and where is life, where are the manifold worlds, and where are worldly relations? And where is the dissolution of the consciousness and where is Samadhi ?
  8. To me completely poised in my own Self there is no need of any discourse about the threefold goals of life, about yoga and about wisdom.
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