I devoured the paradoxical and powerful teachings of the Ashtavakra Gita and other Advaita teachings on the spiritual path.
Advaita (the Sanskrit word meaning “not-two”) are the scriptures within the ancient Vedanta teachings pointing towards a singular illusory omnipresent energy. Meaning “not-two” and, as such, is the essence of all matter, all particles, visible, invisible, excluding nothing, and including all, even you, me, and God, Universe, Source.
What is is impersonal consciousness, uncaused and spontaneously appearing and disappearing as what we mistakenly perceive to be subjects and objects in a time and space filled universe. What is appearing is indivisible, immeasurable, infinite consciousness, if there could be anything appearing, as this dreamscape we call life, reality, the universe.
I spent more time with this poetic yet disturbing scripture than any of the other ancient Eastern teachings. I read these scriptures each morning upon arising and again in the evening before going to sleep. I even carried a copy of this Gita in my shoulder bag to read while waiting in line at auto mechanics or the grocery. For me, the Ashtavakra Gita was a gift of wordless words pointing towards the vastless void, dissolving false concepts of the personal self and split-mind like no other scriptures I’d ever read.
These scriptures directly and clearly challenge beliefs and concepts of a separate and personal self and a a separate and tangible reality or creation. If you enjoy believing you are a personal self, a separate individual, stay away from these scriptures.