अध्याय ९ :- निर्वेदNirveda - Indifference Ashtavakra continues to describe the way of true detachment.
॥ अष्टावक्र उवाच ॥
केलेलीं आणि न केलेलीं कर्में व सुख-दुःख द्वंद्व कुणाची कधीं शांत झालेलीं आहेत ? हें समजून घेऊन या संसारांत उदासीन-निर्वेद होऊन अव्रती (अनाग्रही) व त्यागपरायण हो. ॥१॥
1. Knowing when the dualism of things done and undone has been put to rest, or the person for whom they occur has been cognized, then you can here and now go beyond renunciation and obligations by indifference to such things.
2. Rare indeed, my dearest, is the lucky person whose observation of the world's behaviour has led to the extinction of the thirst for living, for pleasure and for knowledge.
3. All this is impermanent and spoilt by the three sorts of pain. Recognising it to be in-substantial, contemptible and only fit for indifference, one attains peace.
4. When was that age or time of life when the dualism of extremes did not exist for people? Abandoning them, a person happy to take whatever comes suddenly realizes perfection.
5. Who does not end up with indifference to such things and attain peace when he has seen the differences of opinions among the great sages, saints and yogis?
6. Is he not a guru who, endowed with dispassion and equanimity, achieves full knowledge of the nature of consciousness, and so leads others out of samsara?
7. If you would just see the transformations of the elements as nothing more than the elements, then you would immediately be freed from all bonds and established in your own nature.
8. One's inclinations are samsara. Knowing this, abandon them. The renunciation of them is the renunciation of it. Now you can remain as you are.