I regard three books as THE most profound in the “Hindu” philosophy. All three follow a Question and Answer tradition – where challenging the Master or teacher was an important feature. These three are Yoga Vasistha, Bhagwad Gita, and Ashtavakra Gita/Samhita. I have read the first two (or their credible translations). Unfortunately, I have not been able to read the third. Ashtavakra Gita is a dialog between King Janak and his Guru Maharishi Ashtavakra.
Thankfully, I found Dr. Mridul Kirti’s lovely Hindi translations in poetry form, which bring out the meaning of Ashtavakra very well. I want to thank her for this.
I thought maybe I could recite them for the general audience which may want to also enjoy it. Some times it is not easy to read but one can download the audio and carry along on the road. I will try to do my best with the pronunciation, but I may make mistakes, and when I do, please pardon me and let me know. I will try my best to improve. This is also my chance to take this journey with all of you!
This audio is of the First Chapter of verses 1 through 10.
Dr. Mridul Kirti’s Bio (Dr. Mridul Kirti’s Site)
Dr. Mridul Kirti has translated highly respectable Hindu scriptures such as Samaveda and Ashtavakra Gita written in the classic Sanskrit language into an easily understandable Hindi and Brij Bhasha. Not only are these translations readable, they most of them are in a poetic form and therefore, they can also be sung. She considers herself to be a humble medium for spreading the message of God, and has devoted a large part of her life in writing and translating immortal religious texts.
With her zealous efforts, Dr. Kirti has been single-handedly able to complete such important and prestigious projects without any kind of outside help. She continues to work as she believes her job has only begun. She takes this task as devotion and feels her work has only been possible due to divine inspiration and help
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