This spiritual scripture contains words of wisdom that may be contemplated time and again, leading to a deeper and deeper understanding of the Self.
The Ashtavakra Gita, or the Ashtavakra Samhita as it is also known as, is an ancient Sanskrit text. Nothing appears to be known about the writer, though tradition ascribes it to the Sage Ashtavakra – hence the name.
There is little doubt though that it is extremely old, probably dating back to the days of the classic Vedanta period. The Sanskrit style and the doctrine expressed would seem to warrant this assessment.
It is not in point of fact necessary to know a lot about the origin of this insightful scripture. Is it essential to know much about the origin of the refreshing trade wind of Hawaii? The importance is its enlivening and stimulating influence.
The work was known, appreciated and quoted by Ramakrishna and his disciple Vivekananda, as well as by Ramana Maharshi, even as Radhakrishnan all the time refers to it with great respect. Aside from that, the work speaks for itself. It presents the traditional teachings of Advaita Vedanta with a clarity and power very rarely matched.