Amritashtakam


The Bhagvad Gita is one of the core texts of the Indian spiritual tradition. Its 18 chapters present the very essence of spirituality. As Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) says, "The Bhagvad Gita is verily a distillation of the Vedas. It has flowed down to us like the Ganges through the grace of God. Miraculously, even though it is a distillation, it retains the depth and expansiveness of the original. It has thus become regarded as the very symbol of Santana Dharma." Here, Swami Ramakrishananda analyzes eight verses from the 12th chapter of the Gita that are referred to collectively as the Amrtastakam. In these "Eight Immortal Verses," we find a presentation of the qualities, characteristics and mental attitudes of an individual who has attained the peak of spirituality, what the Gita refers to as supreme devotion.



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