Aṣṭāvakra

Ashtavakra is reputed to have lived and studied alongside Svetaketu, son of Uddalaka, who is part of our story.

‘What is Creation
or Dissolution?

What is seeking
And the end of seeking?

Who is the seeker?
And what has he found?

What is Freedom or Bondage?
What are holy books or teachings?

Who is the Disciple?
And who is the Master?

For I have no bounds

I am Shiva

Nothing arises in Me
Nothing is,
Nothing is not,

What more is there to say?’

Aṣṭāvakra Gita
Selected Verses

Translation by Thomas Byrom


Aṣṭāvakra: the Poet baring ‘Eight Bends’. He is reputed to have lived and studied alongside Svetaketu, son of Uddalaka who was the teacher of Yājñavalkya, part of our story. The poem is likely of much later origin and mixes various schools, including early Buddhist and later Vedanthic in its verses.