Author: Swami Abhayananda
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Swami Abhayananda
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170306752
Of all the mystical treatises of ancient Indian literature, The Avadhut Gita, or Song of the Avadhut, is one of the most eloquent and compelling. Its theme is the unitive knowledge obtained through mystical vision, the knowledge of the eternal self. This knowledge is not limited to the mystics of any one cultural tradition, but is universal among all those who have attained to mystical vision.
The author is The Avadihut Gita was enlightened by the same direct revelation which inspired the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and other such works. It must be read, therefore, not as the reiteration of a conceptual position, or as an argument for the Vedantic viewpoint, but as the sharing by an illumined sage of directly revealed truth. His aim in this sharing is not to convince us, but to awaken us to the truth, and liberate us from error.
The Avadhut Gita is a call to knowledge, the supreme knowledge of ultimate truth. The Avadhut holds out no compromise with illusion, he offers no foothold on separation, he allows no semblance of duality at all to creep into our perception of reality. Perhaps his knowledge is, for mere men, too sublime, too austere, too simplistic; but it is the knowledge of the ultimate indisputable truth of existence; and it is this very truth which has the power to make us free.
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