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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Swami Ashokananda. Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya, an ancient text of pure Nonduality describing Self-Realization and the transcendence of all else.
Contains the Sanskrit devanagari text, transliteration, and English translation. Notes by the translator. This version by Swami Ashokananda is the most popular translation. The singer of the Avadhuta Gita is Dattatreya, an Avadhuta, and according Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya, an ancient text of pure Nonduality describing Self-Realization and the transcendence of all else. The singer of the Avadhuta Gita is Dattatreya, an Avadhuta, and according to the Nath Sampradaya, the work was heard and transcribed by two of Dattatreya's disciples—Swami and Kartika.
Ashokananda — in Katz p. As such, this text may also be considered a forerunner of Tantric literature as the themes, motif and orientation of this 'song' Sanskrit: gita are common to Shaivite Tantras, Buddhist Tantras and Vaishnava Agamas which are also tantric literature and ancient Yoga philosophy. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya. Also, I was able to read this in the original Sanskrit and it was understandable with the help of the translation, of course - though now I understood much of it without translation.
That provided a much better understanding of the poetic aspects of this Gita. Highly recommended, though its negation of everything that exists perplexingly, both duality and non-duality can get tiring and repetitive eventually. It is undoubtedly intended to be so, to produce a desired deliberate effect in the reader.
This is more of a "multiple remembrance" read, something that one reads whenever one wishes to reach the state of the book - here, a meditative state. As such, there is no option but to give it a perfect rating because I am yet to explore the true depths in this book.
A basic question that I shall aim to answer in this review, which I encountered asking myself this read - Why does Avadhuta Gita negate everything, including the Advaita non-dual Vedanta that this book is usually associated with? Because all knowledge or ignorance that a human can have is gained through means of the mind or direct experience.
Even Advaita Vedanta knows that it is not the truth in its final form - it points the finger towards the moon, but the teaching can never be the moon itself - it will always be just the finger. In truth, all knowledge is also maya illusion. As such, we know nothing Socrates was right after all.
We can only know that we are trying to know something, and rely on the testimonials of others who have transcended the very act of knowing and not-knowing, which is to transcend human existence itself. Humans try to construct some meaning out of our illusions the aforesaid "finger towards the moon". All religion is such an illusion, but this does not take away from the truth of what is said in it. The finger still points towards the moon, not the stars.
By following the line of the finger, we will eventually reach the moon. There is no duality, no non-duality, no words, no thoughts. Out of this deep nihilist dispassion emerges the end - the infinity plus one of all substance - the soul: unknowable, yet supreme over all.
Nonetheless— the book is an amazing short dialogue sung by Dattatreya, a humbling and fascinating meditation on the self, the all-pervasive Being, the collective consciousness.
This Gita goes further in renouncing both duality and non-duality—while subtly recommending the latter—and in fact, asks one to forget all attempts at reaching an elusive God, when our very consciousness, energy, and matter is our God, and we really need to do nothing to reach that.
The book is filled with deliberate contradictions to encourage even the erudite to give up his futile search for meaning. Also as a bonus, in the last verse, it assured me that as I've read this Avadhuta Gita, I will not be reborn, so there's that.
Thanks, Dattatreya. This book is all about Advaita Vedanta, one of the highest classic Indian paths to spiritual realization. The term Advaita non-dual refers to its idea that the soul true Self, Atman is the same as the highest metaphysical Reality Brahma. Advaita Vedanta emphasizes the concept that moksha is achievable in this life in contrast to other Indian philosophies that emphasize moksha after death.
Like any other Vedantha books this too for a true yogi who search for the ultimate truth. Of course thi This book is all about Advaita Vedanta, one of the highest classic Indian paths to spiritual realization. Of course this is not for a novice but for someone who is well versed in Vedantha but still not sure about the supreme knowledge. In the first appearance it may appear as some simple philosophical facts but in depth it contradict many other great principles but finally reaches the same ultimate goal.
The four mahavakyas are as follows. One from each Vedas: 1. A great eastern philosophical pack. I'm no one to rate this holy book, so I won't. I just feel blessed that I got an opportunity to read it. Ultimate wisdom in a very compact and simple form. Jul 29, Darshan rated it it was amazing. Jul 13, M rated it it was amazing.
If total surrender to the lord is your destined path, then this book is the one to meditate upon. Hari om. The publishing quality could be improved.
The lamination on the spine of the book is wrinkled and bubbled, while the front cover has a long lamination crease from the very bottom going up more than half the book. The inside content of the book is askew on every page, both left and right, tilting slightly downwards towards the inner margins.
And the ink is not consistent, with the black not being black on quite a few pages. However, none of this matters. It only makes this little book, published b The publishing quality could be improved. It only makes this little book, published by a little publishing company, all the more quaint. The information contained herein is profound and powerful, and would be worth paying great sums of money for even if it were printed on napkins.
It contains nondual Truth to the highest degree and I'm extremely grateful it has been provided in the English language. Thank you Advaita Ashrama and all who had a part in making this available to us in the Western world! It's a perfect companion to the Bhagavad Gita. Nov 07, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: , hinduism , history , india , language , liberty , philosophy , psychology , self-help. Another one of these radical adviatin gitas. See: "There are no Vedas, no worlds, no gods, no sacrifices.
There is certainly no caste, no stage in life, no family, no birth. There is neither the path of smoke nor the path of light. There is only the highest Truth, the homogeneous Brahman. Mar 19, Sanjay added it. A dangerous book for anyone wanting to 'come out intact' after bearing the inescapable fiery brunt of its contents. A book sure to enhance and make one 'Hurry Home'! Sep 29, Monty desai rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-favorite-books-of-all-time , my-favorite-life-changing-books.
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Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya
The text is attributed to Dattatreya ,  and extant manuscripts have been dated to approximately the 9th or 10th century. It consists of shlokas metered verses , divided into eight chapters. Abhayananda states, "The actual date of authorship of the Avadhut Gita is unknown, but, judging by its terminology and style, it appears to have been written, not in the millennia prior to the Current Era, as legend would have it, but sometime around the 9th or 10th centuries of our Current Era. This does not, of course, preclude the possibility of an oral transmission to that point in time. The title of the text, Avadhuta means "liberated soul", while Gita means song.
It is regarded as one of the greatest treatise on Advaita Vedanta and some scholars date it as far back as B. The word "avadhut" refers to one who has renounced all worldly attachments and connections and lives in a state beyond body consciousness. He has shaken off all cares and concerns, possessions and positions, along with all concepts and labels that interfere with his direct perception of Reality. He holds out no compromise with illusion, he offers no foothold on separation, he allows no semblance of duality at all to creep into his direct perception. He does not identify with his mind or body or "names and forms" and does not recognise a distinction between himself and the world around him. According to Dattatreya, an avadhut need not have any particular appearance, lifestyle, religion or social role.
Login Password Subscribe for free. T he Avadhut lives alone in an empty hut; With a pure, even mind, he is always content. He moves about, naked and free, Aware that all this is only the Self. Where neither the third state deep sleep nor the fourth state samadhi exists, Where everything is experienced as the Self alone, Where neither righteousness nor unrighteousness exists, Could bondage or liberation be living there? In that state samadhi where one knows nothing at all, This versified knowledge doesn't even exist. So, now, while I'm in the state of samarasa, I, the Avadhut, have spoken of the Truth. T here is no action, Either present, future, or past, Which has been performed or enjoyed by me.