Eight Translations of the Ashtavakra Gita

Eight Translations of the Ashtavakra Gita

Wikipedia: Ashtavakra Gita



The Heart of Awareness (Byrom)


Ashtavakra Gita (Marshall)


Bitten by the Black Snake (Schoch)


A Duet of One (Balsekar)


Ashtavakra Gita (Richards)


Astavakra Samhita (Wood)


Ashtavakra Gita (Vedic)


Ashtavakra Gita (Shastri)



Ashtavakra Gita: Sri Ramana Maharshi



Ashtavakra Gita: I Am Shiva


PDF of "Ashtavakra Gita: I Am Shiva"


PDF of "I Am Shiva Comparison Chart"



PDF's of Eight Translations

The Heart of Awareness (Byrom)


Ashtavakra Gita (Marshall)


Bitten by the Black Snake (Schoch)


Ashtavakra Gita (Richards)


A Duet of One (Balsekar)


Astavakra Samhita (Wood)


Ashtavakra Gita (Shastri)


Ashtavakra Gita (Vedic Scriptures)


Why Won't God Heal Amputees?

Why Won't God Heal Amputees?

Why Won't God Heal Amputees?

God is Imaginary


How do we know that Christians are delusional?

10 questions that every intelligent Christian must answer

The best optical illusion in the world!

Proving that nobody can get into heaven

Prove that Jesus is imaginary in less than 5 minutes

Proving that God's Plan is impossible

The Top 10 Reasons Why the Bible is Repulsive

Why does every intelligent Christian disobey Jesus?

Where did our universe come from? A guide for Christians

Proving that the pope has never read the Bible

Proving that prayer is superstition

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements

don Miguel Ruiz: Message to the World



Toltec Teachings of don Miguel and don Jose Luis Ruiz



The Four Agreements (don Miguel Ruiz)



Don Miguel Ruiz about Human Mind


The Four Agreements



Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.




Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.




Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.



Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

The Fifth Agreement



Don Miguel’s Fifth Agreement is excellent advice for seeing the world with new eyes and exposing the beliefs that don’t serve you: “Don’t believe me, don’t believe yourself, and don’t believe anyone else.”



Abbreviated Glossary


The Book of Law


Just as a government has a book of law that rules the society’s dream, our belief system is the Book of Law that rules our life. Whatever is in our Book of Law is our supreme truth. We base all of our judgments on this Book of Law, even if these judgments go against our own inner nature.


The Domestication of Humans


Humans are domesticated the same way we train a dog or other animal: through a system of punishment and reward. In human domestication, information from the outside dream is conveyed to the inside dream, creating our whole belief system, and teaching us how to be a human.




Dreaming is the main function of the mind, and the mind dreams twenty-four hours a day. When the brain is awake, there is a material frame that makes us perceive things in a linear way; when we go to sleep we do not have the frame and the dream has a tendency to change constantly.


The Dream of the Planet


Society’s dream, or the dream of the planet, is the collective dream of billions of personal dreams. Together these create a dream of a family, of a community, of a city, of a country, and finally a dream of all humanity. The dream of the planet includes all of society’s rules, beliefs, laws, religions, governments, schools, and social customs. In this dream it is normal for humans to suffer; fear is an important part of this dream.


The Image of Perfection


During domestication, we form an image of perfection to please other people to be good enough for them. But we are never perfect from this point of view, and so we begin to reject ourselves. The image of perfection is the reason we abuse ourselves; it is the reason we reject our own humanity. We also judge others according to our image of perfection, and they can never measure up to that ideal.


The Judge


The inner Judge uses what is in our Book of Law to judge everything we do, everything we think, and everything we feel. Every time we do something that goes against the Book of Law, the Judge says we are guilty, we should be ashamed, and we need to be punished.




The Toltec use this term to refer to the condition of the human mind. The mitote can be compared to a huge marketplace where thousands of people are talking at the same time, and nobody understands each other. The mitote is also like a fog that blinds us from seeing the truth.


The Parasite


The Toltec compare the Judge, the Victim, and the belief system to a Parasite that invades the human mind. The Parasite is a living being made of psychic or emotional energy. It can also be compared to a program that dreams through our mind and lives through our body. From the Toltec point of view, all humans who are domesticated are sick because we have a Parasite that thrives on the emotions that come from fear and suffering.


Personal Importance


During the period of our domestication, we learn to think we are responsible for everything: “Me, me, always me.” Personal importance, or taking things personally, is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about “me.”


The Victim


The victim is the part of our mind that receives the judgments, and carries the blame, the guilt, and the shame. The Judge decrees, and the Victim suffers the guilt and punishment. The Victim is always crying, “Poor me” because of a deep sense of injustice: It doesn’t matter what the Victim does to please the Judge, it is never good enough.

Books Worth Reading

Books Worth Reading

The Song of God: Bhagavad Gita
How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
Shankara's Crest Jewel of Discrimination
(Prabhavananda & Christopher Isherwood)

Bhagavad Gita
(Barbara Stoler Miller)

Bhagavad Gita
(Juan Mascaro)

The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita
(Thomas Byrom)

Ashtavakra Gita
(John Richards)

Duet of One: The Ashtavakra Gita Dialogue
(Ramesh Balsekar)

Bitten by the Black Snake: The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra
(Manuel Schoch)

The Perennial Way
(Bart Marshall)

Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya

Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut
History of Mysticism
Mysticism and Science
(S. Abhayananda)

Astavakra Samhita

Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita
(Dennis Waite)

Vasistha's Yoga

I Am That: Talks with Nisargadatta
(Maurice Frydman)

Prior to Consciousness: Talks with Nisargadatta
Seeds of Consciousness: The Wisdom of Nisargadatta
Consciousness and the Absolute: The Final Talks of Nisargadatta
(Jean Dunn)

Autobiography of a Yogi
(Paramahansa Yogananda)

Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta
The Eternal Companion

The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal
(Prabhavananda & Frederick Manchester)

Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj
(Ramesh Balsekar)

Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharishi

Tao Te Ching
Chuang Tsu, Inner Chapters
(Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English)

Tao Te Ching: The Classic Book of Integrity and the Way
(Victor Mair)

Think on These Things
The First and Last Freedom
Freedom from the Known
The Ending of Time
Commentaries on Living Series
The Awakening of Intelligence
Education and the Significance of Life
(Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Where Are You Going?
The Perfect Relationship
Secret of the Siddhas
Does Death Really Exist?
Mystery of the Mind
Reflections of the Self
Play of Consciousness

The Way of Siddhartha
A Path of Righteousness: Dhammapada
Mulamadhyamakakarika of Nagarjuna: The Philosophy of the Middle Way
(David Kalupahana)

Taking the Path of Zen
(Robert Aitken)

Three Pillars of Zen
Zen, Dawn in the West
(Phillip Kapleau)

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
(Shunryu Suzuki)

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
(Paul Reps)

The Enlightened Mind
The Book of Job
(Stephen Mitchell)

The Gospel According to Zen
(Robert Sohl & Audrey Carr)

The Sound of One Hand: 281 Zen Koans with Answers
(Yoel Hoffmann)

Zen Koans
(Gyomay Kubose)

Zen to Go
Portable Curmudgeon
Return of the Portable Curmudgeon
(Jon Winokur)

Zen and the Art of Motorocycle Maintenance
(Robert Pirsig)

Zen in the Art of Archery
(Eugene Herrigel)

Jewels within the Heart: Verses of the Buddha's Teachings
(Laurence Mills)

The Religions of Man
(Huston Smith)

Narcissus and Goldmund
The Glass Bead Game
The Journey to the East
(Hermann Hesse)

Tao of Physics
(Fritjof Capra)

The Dancing Wu Li Masters
(Gary Zukav)

Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment
(Thaddeus Golas)

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
(Dan Millman)

Razor's Edge
(Somerset Maugham)

The Mystique of Enlightenment
The Unrational Ideas of a Man Called U.G.
(Rabbi Alvin Bobroff)

The Courage to Stand Alone
Conversations with U.G. Krishnamurti
(Jeffrey Masson)

Emmanual II, A Choice for Love
(Pat Rodegast & Judith Stanton)

Life After Life
The Light Beyond
(Raymond Moody)

Mystics and Zen Masters
The Seven Storey Mountain
Thoughts In Solitude
No Man Is an Island
The Wisdom of the Desert
Ways of the Christian Mystics
(Thomas Merton)

A Thomas Merton Reader
(Thomas McDonnell)

The Education of Littletree
(Forest Carter)

The Tao of Pooh
The Te of Piglet
(Benjamin Hoff)

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
The Bridge Across Forever
(Richard Bach)

The Path of the Masters
(Julian Johnson)

Mutant Message Down Under
(Marlow Morgan)

The Experience of No-Self
A Contemplative Journey
What is Self?
A Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of Consciousness
(Bernadette Roberts)

The Spectrum of Consciousness
No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
Eye to Eye
The Quest for the New Paradigm
Sex, Ecology, Spirituality
One Taste
A Brief History of Everything
The Eye of Spirit
An Integral Vision for a World Gone Slightly Mad
The Marriage of Sense and Soul
Integrating Science and Religion
(Ken Wilbur)

Mahamudra: Boundless Joy and Freedom
(Ole Nydahl)

The Interior Realization
Zen and the Psychology of Transformation:
The Supreme Doctrine
(Hubert Benoit)

Journey of the Enlightened Mind
The Only Dance There Is
Be Here Now
Grist for the Mill
The Journey of Awakening
A Meditator's Guidebook
(Ram Dass)

The Everything and the Nothing
God to Man and Man to God
(Meher Baba)

The Lottery
(Shirley Jackson)

The Fountainhead
Atlas Shrugged
(Ayn Rand)

Stranger in a Strange Land
(Robert Heinlein)

The Bible

The Qur'an (Koran)

Lust for Enlightenment, Buddhism and Sex
(John Stevens)

Practical Vedanta

Mahamudra: The Moonlight, Quintessence of Mind and Meditation
(Takpo Tashi Namgyal & Lobsang Lhalungpa)

The Thunder: Perfect Mind

Ken's Guide to the Bible
(Ken Smith)

The Source
(James Michner)

The Urantia Book
(Urantia Foundation)

Course in Miracles
(Inner Peace Foundation)

The Miracle of Mindfulness
A Manual on Meditation
Being Peace
A Guide to Walking Meditation
The Sun My Heart
Peace Is Every Step
The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
(Thick Nhat Hanh)

Our Kind
Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches
(Marvin Harris)

Cat's Cradle
Slaughterhouse Five
Hocus Pocus
Breakfast of Champions
Welcome to the Monkey House
(Kurt Vonnegut)

Knee of Listening
Method of Siddhas
Dawn Horse Testament
(Da Free John)

The Celestine Prophecy
(James Redfield)

The Road Less Traveled
(M. Scott Peck)

Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha
(E.A. Burtt)

The Masks of God Series
Primitive Mythology
Oriental Mythology
Occidental Mythology
Creative Mythology
(Joseph Campbell)

The Power of Myth
(Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers)

Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and the Mind
(Arthur Zajonc)

The Naked Truth
Matrix of Power
Egypt, Light of the World
Ancient Belief Systems
(International Research & Educational Research)

Caretakers of Wonder
The Art of Longing
With Secret Friends
Hugh's Hues
Now is the Moon's Eyebrow
The Star Cleaner Reunion
If You're Afraid of the Dark,
Remember the Night Rainbow
(Cooper Eden)

Original Blessing
(Matthew Fox)

Beyond Culture
(Edward T. Hall)

When Society Becomes an Addict
(Ann Wilson Schaef)


Titus Groan
Titus Alone
(Mervyn Peake)

Animal Farm
(George Orwell)

Brave New World
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
(Aldous Huxley)

The Grand Inquisitor
(Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Tom Jones
(Henry Fielding)

Gulliver's Travels
(Jonathan Swift)

Farenheit 451
(Ray Bradbury)

Hope For the Flowers
(Trina Paulus)

The Stranger
The Myth of Sisyphus
(Albert Camus)

Power Tactics of Jesus Christ
(Jay Haley)

The Holographic Universe
(Michael Talbot)

The Living Tao
The Art of War
Book of Five Rings
The Shogun Scrolls
(Stephen Kaufman)

Spiritual Literacy
(Frederic Brussat & Mary Ann Brussat)

Earth Abides
(George R. Stewart)

(Frank Herbert)

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching, A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way
The Lathe of Heaven
The Telling
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)
(Ursula K. Le Guin)

The Chronicles of Tao
365 Tao
Everyday Day
Scholar Warrior
(Deng Ming-Dao)

Entering the Tao
(Master Hua Ni)

Religions of the World
(Lewis M. Hopfe)

We Are Three (Rumi)
Unseen Rain
Open Secret
Delicious Laughter
Feeling the Shoulder of the Lion
(Coleman Barks)

The Essence of Rumi
(John Baldock)

The Universe in a Single Atom
(Dalai Lama)

Transcending Ego: Distinguishing Consciousness
Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness
(Thrangu Rinpoche)

Jesus and Buddha
The Parallel Sayings
(Marcus Borg)

Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct
(Dr. P.M. Forni)

The End of Faith
(Sam Harris)

The Atheist's Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts
(Joan Konner)

The Herald of the Coming Good
All and Everything
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson
Meetings with Remarkable Men
Life is Real Only Then, When 'I Am'
Views from the Real World
(G.I. Gurdjieff)

Living and Dying in Zazen: Five Zen Masters of Modern Japan
The Grass Flute Zen Master: Sodo Yokoyama
Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui
Warrior of Zen: The Diamond-Hard Wisdom Mind of Suzuki Shosan
(Arthur Braverman)

The Wisdom of Insecurity
A Message for an Age of Anxiety
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
The Way of Zen
Tao: The Watercourse Way
Nature, Man and Woman
The Essence of Alan Watts
(Alan Watts)

The Four Agreements
A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
The Four Agreements Companion Book
The Mastery of Love
A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship
The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace
(Michael Ruiz)

Stillness Speaks
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
(Eckhart Tolle)

The Ends of Time, the Roots of Eternity
Tales of Myth, Nature & Culture
The Water of Life
Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul
Branches of Mentoring
The World Behind the World
Living at the Ends of Time
(Michael Meade)

The Art of Peace: Balance Over Conflict in Sun-Tzu's Art of War
(Philip Dunn)

No Way for the Spiritually "Advanced"
(Ram Tzu)

Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone
(Eduardo Galeano)

As A Man Thinketh
(James Allen)

Fragments: The Collected Wisdom of Heraclitus
(Brooks Haxton)

The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale
(Gerald McDermott)

The Essential Epicurus: Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican Sayings, and Fragments
(Eugene O'Connor)

Pooh and the Philosophers
Pooh and the Millennium
Pooh and the Psychologists
(John Tyerman Williams & Ernest H. Shepard)

Looking at Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter
(Donald Palmer)

50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School
(Charles J. Sykes)

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar ... Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
(Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein)

The Constant Companion
(Eknath Easwaran)

Jacob the Baker, Gentle Wisdom for a Complicated World
(Noah benShea)

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
(Carlos Castaneda)

Marcus Aurelius: Meditations
(Gregory Hays)

Baltasar Gracian: The Art of Worldly Wisdom
(Martin Fischer)

Baltasar Gracian: The Art of Worldly Wisdom
(Christopher Maurer)

The Sage's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life
(William Martin)

Michael's Fifteen Books

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what movies my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note – upper right hand side.) I hope you participate, even if you didn't get tagged!

Ashtavara Gita
Bhagavad Gita
Tao te Ching (Lao Tzu)
Shankara's Crest Jewel of Discrimination (Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood)
The Four Agreements (Miguel Ruiz)
How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali
I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta (Nisargadatta Maharaj)
Think on These Things (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (Robert M. Pirsig)
Siddhartha (Herman Hesse)
Iron John (Robert Bly)
Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
The Wizard of Earthsea Trilogy (Ursula K. Le Guin)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal (Swami Prabhavananda & Frederick Manchester)
Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein)
The Gormenghast Trilogy (Mervyn Peake)
The Education of Little Tree:(Forrest Carter)
Zen Flesh Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings (Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki)
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Dandelion Wine (Ray Bradbury)
The Once and Future King (Terence Hanbury White)
The Merlin Trilogy (Mary Stewart)
Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
The Hazards of Being Male: Surviving the Myth of Masculine Privilege (Herb Goldberg)
Steppenwolf (Hermann Hesse)
Narcissus and Goldmund (Hermann Hess)
In Watermelon Sugar (Richard Brautigan)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
The First and Last Freedom (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
Commentaries on Living (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
Lust for Enlightenment: Buddhism and Sex (John Stevens)
Razor's Edge (Somerset Maugham)
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (Richard Bach)
The Lottery (Shirley Jackson)
Our Kind (Marvin Harris)
The Grand Inquisitor (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli)
How to Win Friends & Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
Tom Jones (Henry Fielding)
The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint--Exupery)
Hope For the Flowers (Trina Paulus)
Earth Abides (George R. Stewart)
We Are Three (Rumi)
The Art Of War (Sun Tzu)
The Book of Five Rings (Miyamoto Musashi)
Shogun (James Clavell)
Casino Royale & other James Bond Novels (Ian Fleming)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Candide (Voltaire)
Emmanual (Pat Rodegast & Judith Stanton)
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (Dan Millman)
Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

More as memory allows ...

Movies Worth Watching

Movies Worth Watching

1 Giant Leap 

2001, A Space Odyssey 

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash 

An Inconvenient Truth 


Before the Rain 

Black Robe 

Born Rich 


Conversations with God 

Deliver Us from Evil 



Faith and Reason 

(Bill Moyers) 

Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control 



Into Great Silence 

Jesus Camp 

Jesus of Montreal 


Last Days on Earth 

Little Buddha 

Merton: A Film Biography 



My Dinner With Andre 


Natural Born Killers 

Physics: The Elegant Universe 

Planet in Peril 



Powwow Highway 

Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Manv 

Razor's Edge 

Rumi, Poet of the Heart 


Star Wars 

The 11th Hour 

The Believer 

The Celestine Prophecy 

The Corporation 

The Creation of the Universe 

(Stephen Hawkins) 

The Day the Universe Changed Series 

(James Burke) 

The Gods Must Be Crazy 

The Journey of Man 

The Last Temptation of Christ 

The Matrix 

The Mission 

The One Percent 

The Peaceful Warrior 

The Power of Myth Series 

(Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers) 

The Secret 

The U.S. vs. John Lennon 

The Waking Life 

Thin Red Line 

What the #$*! Do We Know!?

Michael's Fifteen Movies

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you've seen that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what movies my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note -- upper right hand side.) I hope you participate, even if you didn't get tagged!

City of God
My Dinner With Andre
Apocalypse Now
The Matrix
2001, A Space Odyssey
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Powwow Highway
Easy Rider
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Thin Red Line
Empire of the Sun
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Saving Private Ryan
Kill Bill
The Battle of Algiers
Harold and Maude
Lord of the Rings
The Mission
King Rat
Seven Samurai
Natural Born Killers
Bloody Sunday
The Last Temptation of Christ 

More as memory allows ...