The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the "Ashtavakra Gita"

The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the "Ashtavakra Gita"


Translated by Thomas Byrom

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 120 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 224mm x 5mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 13 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1570628971
  • ISBN 13: 9781570628979
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 118,208

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The "Ashtavakra Gita " conveys with beauty and simplicity the essential teachings of Advaita Vedanta, the most influential of the Hindu philosophical systems. Composed by an anonymous master of the school of the great sage Shankara, it is a book of practical advice for seekers of wisdom as well as an ecstatic expression of the experience of enlightenment. In this simple, aphoristic version, the translator conveys the clarity and lyricism of the Sanskrit original with fluency and precision.

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"This is an extraordinarily fine rendering of the "Ashtavakra Gita ", a book of unadorned compassion. As water wears away stone, so these profoundly simple truths wear away illusion."--Ram Dass "Byrom's exquisitely clean and untroubled rendering of this spiritual classic irresistibly invites us to listen for what cannot be heard and to search for what cannot be seen."--Jacob Needleman, author of "The Heart of Philosophy "and "Lost Christianity " "There have been English translations of the "Ashtavakra Gita "before, this is not only new and elegant but also the first to capture the spirit of the original in its freshness and directness. I warmly recommend it."--J. L. Brockington, Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit, Edinburgh University