The text is attributed to Dattatreya ,  and extant manuscripts have been dated to approximately the 9th or 10th century. It consists of shlokas metered verses , divided into eight chapters. Abhayananda states, "The actual date of authorship of the Avadhut Gita is unknown, but, judging by its terminology and style, it appears to have been written, not in the millennia prior to the Current Era, as legend would have it, but sometime around the 9th or 10th centuries of our Current Era. This does not, of course, preclude the possibility of an oral transmission to that point in time. The title of the text, Avadhuta means "liberated soul", while Gita means song.
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The text is attributed to Dattatreya ,  and extant manuscripts have been dated to approximately the 9th or 10th century. It consists of shlokas metered verses , divided into eight chapters. Abhayananda states, "The actual date of authorship of the Avadhut Gita is unknown, but, judging by its terminology and style, it appears to have been written, not in the millennia prior to the Current Era, as legend would have it, but sometime around the 9th or 10th centuries of our Current Era.
This does not, of course, preclude the possibility of an oral transmission to that point in time. The title of the text, Avadhuta means "liberated soul", while Gita means song. I am thus the pure Shiva, devoid of all doubt. O beloved friend, how shall I bow to my own Self, in my Self? The Avadhuta Gita is structured in 8 chapters, wherein Dattatreya — the symbol of the highest yogi and monastic life, describes as the divine master and example, the journey of self-realization, thereafter the nature and state of a person who lives in his soul's truth.
Dattatreya asserts in the text, that the self-realized person is "by nature, the formless, all pervasive Self".
It is equated to Sunya void in Buddhism, envisioned as a kind of "unlocated paradise", states Rigopoulos. In Hinduism, it is the interior Guru within the person, the Sadashiva, the all pervading ultimate Reality Brahman that is the Atman soul within.
The Brahmavadin journal published an English translation of the separate chapters of the Avadhuta Gita in Volumes 9 through 11, in early 20th century. The brief introduction with attendant English translation of the Avadhuta Gita by Ashokananda — is reproduced in Katz. The text has been influential on the Nath tradition of Hinduism, states Rigopoulos, and its teachings form a foundation of their Sama-rasya doctrine:. The transcendental reality is revealed [by Avadhuta Gita] as the Universe.
In other words, the difference between what is Formless and what has Form disappears forever, and it is co-eternal with the vision of the Universe in Atman. Passages of the text are found in numerous Hindu texts, such as in the widely translated Bhagavata Purana , which is the most popular Purana, where verses 8. The text's nirguni Brahman ideas influenced the poetry of Kabir , states Rigopoulos. Vivekananda — held the Avadhuta Gita in esteem and he translated aspects of it in the following talk he gave on July 28, , transcribed by his disciple Waldo:.
I am beyond the senses, I am knowledge and bliss. Shake off all ideas of relativity; shake off all superstitions; let caste and birth and Devas and all else vanish. Why talk of being and becoming? Give up talking of dualism and Advaitism! When were you two, that you talk of two or one?
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It is regarded as one of the greatest treatise on Advaita Vedanta and some scholars date it as far back as B. The word "avadhut" refers to one who has renounced all worldly attachments and connections and lives in a state beyond body consciousness. He has shaken off all cares and concerns, possessions and positions, along with all concepts and labels that interfere with his direct perception of Reality. He holds out no compromise with illusion, he offers no foothold on separation, he allows no semblance of duality at all to creep into his direct perception. He does not identify with his mind or body or "names and forms" and does not recognise a distinction between himself and the world around him. According to Dattatreya, an avadhut need not have any particular appearance, lifestyle, religion or social role.