Monday, April 10, 2006

Avadhoota Gita

Avadhoota Gita

The Avadhuta Gita is an ancient non-dual text, considered to be for advanced yogis, renunciants and spiritual aspirants. A short review:
The Avadhuta Gita is a text of Vedanta representing extreme Advaita i or Nondualism. It is ascribed to Dattatreya, who is looked upon as an Incarnation of God i. Unfortunately we possess no historical data concerning when or where he was born, how long he lived, or how he arrived at the knowledge disclosed in the text.

Avadhuta means a liberated soul, one who has "passed away from" or "shaken off" all worldly attachments and cares and has attained a spiritual state equivalent to the existence of God. Though avadhuta naturally implies renunciation, it includes an additional and yet higher state which is neither attachment nor detachment but beyond both. An avadhuta feels no need of observing any rules, either secular or religious. He seeks nothing, avoids nothing. He has neither knowledge nor ignorance. Having realized that he is the infinite Self, he lives in that vivid realization.

Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest Advaitans of all time, often quoted from this Gita. He once said, "Men like the one who wrote this Song keep religion alive. They have actually realized; they care for nothing, feel nothing done to the body, care not for heat, cold, danger, or anything. They sit still, enjoying the bliss of Atman i i, and though red-hot coals burn the body, they feel them not."
Full text: Avadhoota Gita (87K)
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and Dakshinamurti Samhita

Related: Tripura Rahasya
Ribhu Gita

ananda – Sat, 01/04/2006 – 7:27am