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 omnipresent energy. Meaning “not-two” and, as such, Advaita 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 seems to be appearing is indivisible, immeasurable, edgeless, spaciousness, and infinitely and presently conscious… if anything is appearing.
I spent more time with this poetic yet disturbing scripture than any of the other ancient Eastern teachings I read and studied from 1992 – 2010. I read these teachings 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 store.
For me, the Ashtavakra Gita was a gift of wordless words pointing towards the vast and edgeless void, dissolving false concepts of the personal self and brain/mind like no other scriptures I’d ever studied.
The Ashtavakra Gita directly and clearly challenge the beliefs and concepts of a separate and personal self and a separate and tangible reality or creation. I prefer to read my teacher Bart Marshall’s translation of these sacred teachings. Bart’s books are available here.