Avadhut Gita Chapter 1
Avadhut Gita Chapter 2
Avadhut Gita Chapter 3
Avadhut Gita Chapter 4
Avadhut Gita Chapter 5
Avadhut Gita Chapter 6
Avadhut Gita Chapter 7
Avadhut Gita Chapter 1
1. By the grace of God the Brahmins above all men
are inspired with the disposition to non-duality (unity of the Self with
God), which relieves them of the great fear.
2. How can I salute the Self, which is indestructible, which is all
Bliss, which in Itself and by Itself pervades everything, and which is
inseparable from Itself?
3. I alone am, ever free from all taint. The world exists like a
mirage within me. To whom shall I bow?
4. Verily the one Self is all, free from differentiation and
non-differentiation. Neither can it be said, "It is" nor "It is not."
What a great mystery.
5. This is the whole substance of Vedanta; this is the essence of all
knowledge, theoretical and intuitional. I am the Atman, by nature
impersonal and all-pervasive.
6. That God who is the Self in all, impersonal and changeless, like
unto space, by nature purity itself, verily, verily, that I am.
7. I am pure knowledge, imperishable, infinite. I know neither joy
nor pain; whom can they touch?
8. The actions of the mind, good and evil, the actions of the body,
good and evil, the actions of the voice, good and evil, exist not in me
(Atman). I am the nectar which is knowledge absolute; beyond the range
of the senses I am.
9. The mind is as space, embracing all. I am beyond mind. In Reality
the mind has no independent existence.
10. How can it be said that the Self is manifest? How can it be said
that the self is limited? I alone am existence; all this objective world
am I. More subtle than space itself am I.
11. Know the Self to be infinite consciousness, self-evident, beyond
destruction, enlightening all bodies equally, ever shining. In It is
neither day nor night.
12. Know Atman to be one, ever the same, changeless. How canst though
say: "I am the meditator, and this is the object of meditation?" How can
perfection be divided?
13. Thou, O Atman, wast never born, nor didst thou ever die. The body
was never thine. The Shruti (revealed Scriptures) has often said: "This
is all Brahman."
14. Thou art all Brahman, free from all change, the same within and
without, absolute bliss. Run not to and fro like a ghost.
15. Neither unity nor separation exist in thee nor in me. All is
Atman alone. "I" and "thou" and the world have no real being.
16. The subtle faculties of touch, taste, smell, form and sound which
constitute the world without are not thyself, nor are they within thee.
Thou art the great all-transcending Reality.
17. Birth and death exist not in the mind, not in thee, as do also
bondage and liberation. Good and evil are in the mind, and not in thee.
O Beloved, why dost thou cry? Name and form are neither in thee nor in
18. Oh my mind, why dost thou range in delusion like a ghost? Know
Atman to be above duality and be happy.
19. Thou art the essence of knowledge, indomitable, eternal, ever
free from modifications. Neither is there in thee attachment nor
indifference. Let not thyself suffer from desires.
20. All the Shrutis speak of Atman as without attributes, ever pure,
imperishable, without a body, the eternal Truth. That know to be
21. Know all forms, physical and subtle, as illusion. The Reality
underlying them is eternal. By living this Truth one passes beyond birth
22. The sages call Atman the "ever-same." By giving up attachment the
mind sees neither duality nor unity.
23. Concentration is not possible either on perishable objects, on
account of their mutability, nor on Atman. "Is" and "is not" do not
apply to Atman either. In Atman, freedom absolute, how is Samadhi
24. Birthless, pure, bodiless, equable, imperishable Atman thou
knowest thyself to be. How then canst thou say: "I know Atman," or "I
know not Atman."
25. Thus has the Shruti spoken of Atman; "That Thou art." Of the
illusory world, born of the five physical elements, the Shruti says: "Neti,
neti" (not this, not this).
26. All this is ever pervaded by thee as Atman. In thee is neither
the meditator nor the object of meditation. Why, O mind, dost thou
27. I know not Shiva, How can I speak of Him? Who Shiva is I know
not, How can I worship Him?
28. I am Shiva, the only reality, Like unto space absolute is my
nature. In me is neither unity nor variety, The cause of imagination
also is absent in me.
29. Free from subject and object am I, How can I be self-realizable?
Endless is my nature, naught else exists. Truth absolute is my nature,
naught else exists.
30. Atman by nature, the supreme Reality am I, Neither am I slayer
nor the slain
31. On the destruction of a jar, the
space therein unites with all space. In myself and Shiva I see no
difference when the mind is purified.
32. Brahman alone is, as pure consciousness. In truth there is no
jar, and no jar-space, no embodied soul, nor its nature.
33. There are no worlds, no Vedas, no Devas, no sacrifices, no
castes, no family tribes, no nationalities, no smoke-path, no
34. Some there are that prize non-dualism, others hold to dualism.
They know not the Truth, which is above both.
35. How can the supreme Reality be described, since It is neither
white nor any other colour, has no qualities such as sound, and is
beyond voice and mind?
36. "I eat," "I give," "I act"; such statements do not apply to
Atman, which is purity, birthless and imperishable.
37. Where the one Brahman alone is, how can it be said "this is Maya
[creative power of the Lord, the means by which the phenomenal world has
been brought into existence]", or "this is not Maya", "this is shadow"
or "this is not shadow"?
38. I am without beginning and without end. Never was I bound. By
nature pure, taintless is my Self. This know I of a surety.
39. From subtle substance (mahat) down to formed creation, there is
nothing but Brahman; most clearly do I see this. Where then is the
division of caste?
40. The absolute void and its opposite, all am I everlastingly.
41. Atman is not male or female, nor is It neuter;
neither is It happiness or suffering. How dare ye pervert It?
42. Atman is not purified by the six methods of Yoga. Absence of the
mind makes It no clearer. The teachings of a Guru reveal It not. It is
all purity, in Itself, by Itself.
43. I am neither bound nor free. I am not separate from Brahman.
44. Neither the doer nor the enjoyer of the fruits of karma am I. The
pervader or the pervaded I am not.
45. As a volume of water poured into water is inseparably united with
water, so, I perceive, matter and spirit are one.
46. Why callest thou Atman personal and impersonal. Since thou art
neither bound nor free? 47. Pure, pure thou art, without a body,
unrelated to the mind, beyond maya; why art thou ashamed to declare: "I
am Atman, the supreme Reality"?
48. O my mind, why dost thou cry? Realize thy Atman, o Beloved; drink
the timeless great nectar of non-duality.
49. Knowledge born of the intellect am I not. By nature Truth eternal
am I. I am perpetual immutability.
50. Neither formless nor with form, described by the Vedas as "Not
this, not this," free from separation and unity, the true Self reigns
51. There is no father, no mother, no kinsman, no
son, no wife, no friend, no prejudice, no doctrine. Why art thou
disquiet, o my mind?
52. Why do the wise imagine the bodiless Brahman to be a body? In It
there is neither day nor night, neither rising nor setting.
53. Since the imperfections of attachment and the like are not in me,
I am above the suffering of the body. Know me to be infinite, like unto
space, one Atman.
54. O my mind, my friend, many words are not needful, and the world
comprehends not reason. In a word, I have told thee the essence of
truth: "thou art Truth, thou art as space."
55. In whatever place and in whatever state the Yogi dies, his spirit
is absorbed into That, as, on the destruction of the jar, the space in
the jar is united with absolute space.
56. Whether he dies conscious or in coma, in a holy temple or in the
house of an untouchable, he obtains liberation, becoming the
57. The Yogis regard righteousness, prosperity, desire for Paradise
and liberation, and also the moving and fixed objects, as mere
58. The Avadhut in unshakable equanimity, living in the holy temple
of nothingness, walks naked, knowing all to be Brahman.
59. Where there is no "Third" or "Fourth", where all is known as
Atman, where there is neither righteousness nor unrighteousness, how can
there be either bondage or liberation?