Astavakra Samhita - The Deva Shop

Astavakra Samhita


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Translated by Swami Nityaswarupananda, this is a treatise on Advaita Vedanta that is ascribed to the sage Astavakra. Astavakra has interesting stories of his appearance in ancient Hindu literature but is most well known for being King Janaka's Guru-the famous father of Sita. This book is a classic text on Vedanta. It goes straight to the heart saying that our true nature is Divine.


  • 206 pages Indian paperback

This is another class text used by Swami Sarvapriyananda, a scholarly monk from the Ramakrishna Order who resides at the Vedanta New York center. Swami Sarvapriyananda is known for his innate ability to break down complex Vedanta concepts into digestible chunks for the Western audience. Again, it goes straight to the heart saying that our true nature is Divine.

With this book as the text, you can follow the class at this link. Please remember that books like this from ancient times were memorized, meant to be explained by a competent teacher. Hence, we provide this wonderful resource and highly recommend using it.

Includes original Sanskrit, text with word-for-word translation, English rendering, commentary.

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