• Astavakra Samhita
translated by Swami Nityaswarupananda

A treatise on Advaita Vedanta that is ascribed to the sage Astavakra.

  • 206 pages Indian paperback
  • 81-85301-13-1

Here is another class text used by Swami Sarvapriyananda, the Astavakra Samhita. This book is a classic text on Vedanta. 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 time were memorized, and meant to be explained by a competent teacher.

Includes original Sanskrit, text with word-for-word translation, English rendering, comments, and index.

Global Rating: 5.00 from 12 reviews Add your review of this product
Review By Karen Anderson

Advaita classic

It's so good to be able to easily replace our copies of this wonderful text. Ours were brought back from India by my husband in the 1980s, and lost when our house burned down. How lovely to not have to go back to India to find this book, which has become a core part of our spiritual path! Thanks to Vedanta Press for making it available in the US. Blessings to you all!

Review By Alexander Strasheim

A very fine translation

The Astavakra Sahmita is a subtle text, and it's important to use a translation made by someone who has a deep understanding of what's being said. Swami Nityaswarupananda's text seems much better in that respect than another translation I've read.

I'm not qualified to explain this book to anyone else, and no one should take my comments too seriously. But in the text Astavakra and Janaka are having a conversation, in which Janaka appears to be saying the right things, while Astavakra makes subtle and precise corrections to help center Janaka in the truth. I think it's easy to lose some of this nuance with a lesser translation, but the meaning seems to be here in Swami Nityaswarupananda's text. is a great site for those of us who speak English and live in America, because they make the best translations of the most important books available to us. And when Swami Sarvapriyananda holds up a book during a YouTube lecture, and says, this is a good translation to use, it's almost always available for purchase here.

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Astavakra Samhita

Chapter 18 and especially Chapter 15 contain explicit, easily understandable summaries of Advaita Vedanta.

Review By Julia

Highly recommended

Swami Sarvapriyananda of the New York Vedanta Society has highly recommended this book. He says reading it is like meditation. I have found it very beneficial. Each verse is written in Sanskrit, then a word-by-word translation into English, then a complete English translation, then commentary or explanation. Upon reading this volume the student is cautioned not to abandon her or his spiritual practices.

Review By Sarmita Chakrabarty

Diamond comes from coal

This is my second purchase. Had gifted the earlier one and then felt I missed reading it. The simple way to project the vast energy is highly commendable.

Review By Francis Love

Need to Read None Other!

Reading the Astavakra Samhita table of contents alone, shows the value, uniqueness, and completeness of THIS .. perhaps the MOST DIRECT and simple summary of spirituality, oneness and liberation!! EASILY, this treatise becomes a favorite .. for self and as gifts to others!
Perfect companions are Avaduta Gita -- the holy book of the Sadhu (monk) People; and the Katha Upanisad for its own playful all encompassing views.

Review By Liz Hulsizer


Excellent books. Bought two. HIGHLY recommend for devotees.
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Review By Commentray by Swami Sarvapriyananda

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Review By Shivadam Burke

Astavakra Samhita

At times I have felt that this is the only text I need ever read again!

Review By Shilpa Rao


Simply reading this little book transforms! Love it!

Review By Rob Reider

Astavakra Samhita

This is my all time Favorite. As the depth of understanding unfolds within so do the descriptions within each passage. This book is a gem! The transliteration allows you to feel the impact of the Sanskrit followed by the translation. It is a small book that carries the seed of enlightenment for those that can perceive.

Review By Ananta Deva

I am beautiful

The Astavakra Samhita is the basic text to illumination. Om sakshi aham, anantadeva sankarasana sesanaga uvaca.