AVADHUTA GITA

Through the Avadhuta Gita, Dattatreya explained the non-duality of existence and that liberated souls merge into the formless one.

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Through the Avadhuta Gita, Dattatreya explained the non-duality of existence and that liberated souls merge into the formless one.
Avadhuta Gita with its teachings of Dattatreya means ‘song of the liberated soul’ and is based on Advaita Vedanta, that is, non-duality.
Also known as Avadhuta Grantha, Dattatreya Gita, Datta Gita Yoga Shastra or Vedanta Sara, it is about the nature of a spiritually liberated person. Parts of the Avadhuta Gita are found in the Bhagavata Purana and other Hindu texts. The written text dates to the 9th or 10th century and comprises 289 shlokas in eight chapters of which it is believed that the last chapter is an addition by someone else.

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The Avadhuta Gita speaks of the liberated soul who is not interested in dogmas, habits, rituals or surface morality.

THE ESSENCE
The essence and the whole of Vedanta is this Knowledge, this supreme Knowledge: That I am by nature the formless, all-pervasive Self.
Verse 1.5

The mind indeed is of the form of space. The mind indeed is omni-faced. The mind is the past. The mind is all. But in reality, there is no mind.
Verse 1.9

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Know the Self always to be everywhere, one and unintercepted. I am the meditator and the highest object of meditation. Why do you divide the Indivisible?
Verse 1.12

That which has form is visible to the eye, while formless is perceived mentally. That (the Self), being beyond existence and non-existence, is called intermediate (neither material nor mental, but beyond both).
Verse 2.18

The external existence is the universe, the inner existence is called prakriti (cosmic mind). One should try to know that which is more interior than the inner existence.
Verse 2.19

Illusory knowledge relates to what is outside, correct knowledge to what is inside. Try to know that which is more interior than the inside, that which is like water within the kernel of the coconut.
Verse 2.20

It has been said that the destiny of those devoted to action is the same as their thought at the end, but it has not been said that the destiny of those established in yoga is the same as their thought at the end.
Verse 2.26

There is never any you and I. The discrimination of family and race is false. I am indeed the Absolute and the Supreme Truth. In that case how can I make a salutation?
Verse 6.22

The enlightened one is a yogi devoid of yoga and the absence of yoga. He is an enjoyer, devoid of enjoyment and the absence of enjoyment. Thus, he wanders leisurely, filled with the spontaneous joy of his own mind.
Verse 7.9

There is neither existence nor non-existence, all is Atman. Shake off all ideas of relativity; shake off all superstitions; let caste and birth and Devas and all else vanish.

Why talk of being and becoming? Give up talking of dualism and Advaitism! When were you two, that you talk of two or one? The universe is this Holy One and He alone.

Talk not of Yoga to make you pure; you are pure by your very nature. None can teach you.

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(Vivekananda’s translation)