An Introduction to the Avadhut Gita

From Hari Prasad Shastri’s translation of this Advaita Vedanta classic

The word ‘Gita’ means a song. Many of the holy scriptures were written as songs, their theme being the non-dualistic philosophy of the Upanishads. Among these the least known are the Shiva Gita, Rama Gita, Vyadha Gita and Devi Gita, and the best known is the Bhagavad Gita, which came into prominence when the greatest of the teachers, Shankaracharya, wrote a commentary on it, acknowledging its great metaphysical and devotional value. Another reason for its popularity is that its teachings are universal. The beginner in metaphysics, the layman, the highest initiate, and the greatest philosophical genius can find food there for his spiritual nature.

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This article is from the Spring 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.