Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ashtavakra Gita - The fool

Ashtavakra was a great saint in the era of Ram avatar. The saint's body was crooked from eight points, hence He got the name. (Aṣṭāvakra means "one having eight bends") Ashtavakra was the Guru of famous King Janak.

14    The Fool

                                                     By nature my mind is empty.                                                      
Even in sleep, I am awake.
I think of things without thinking.

All my impressions of the world
Have dissolved.

                                                    My desires have melted away.                                                        

So what do I care for money
Or the thieving senses,
For friends or knowledge or holy books?

What are they to me?

What do I care for freedom?

For I have known God,
The infinite Self,
The witness of all things.

              Within, free of thought.               
Without, a fool. 

I do as I please,
And only those like me
Understand my ways.

The Heart of Awareness ~
a translation of The Ashtavakra Gita

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