Ashtavakra Gita - How to Attain Liberation or Moksha?



King Janaka asked: How is liberation to be attained?

Ashtavakra said: If you are seeking liberation, my dearest one, shun the objects of the senses like poison. Drink the nectar of tolerance, sincerity, compassion, contentment and truthfulness.

If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful and free from bonds.

You do not belong to the Brahmin or warrior or any other caste, you are not at any stage, nor are you anything that the eye can see. You are unattached and formless, the witness of everything – now be happy.

Burn down the forest of ignorance with the fire of understanding. Know ‘I am the one pure awareness.’ With such ashes now be happy, free from distress.

Your real nature is one perfect, free, and actionless consciousness, the all-pervading witness – unattached to anything, desireless, at peace. It is illusion that you seem to be involved in any other matter.

Meditate on yourself as motionless awareness, free from any dualism, giving up the mistaken idea that you are just a derivative consciousness; anything external or internal is false.

Ashtavakra Gita