Ashtavakra Gita - Chapter: 12

  1. Janaka: First of all I was averse to physical activity, then to lengthy speech, and finally to thinking itself, which is why I am now established.
  2. In the absence of delight in sound and the other senses, and by the fact that I am myself not an object of the senses, my mind is focused and free from distraction - which is why I am now established.
  3. In the absence of delight in sound and the other senses, and by the fact that I am myself not an object of the senses, my mind is focused and free from distraction - which is why I am now established.
  4. By relinquishing the sense of rejection and acceptance, and with pleasure and disappointment ceasing today, brahmin - I am now established.
  5. Life in a community, then going beyond such a state, meditation and the elimination of mind-made objects - by means of these I have seen my error, and I am now established.
  6. Just as the performance of actions is due to ignorance, so their abandonment is too. By fully recognising this truth, I am now established.
  7. Trying to think the unthinkable, is doing something unnatural to thought. Abandoning such a practice therefore, I am now established.
  8. He who has achieved this has achieved the goal of life. He who is of such a nature has done what has to be done.
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