Acharya Amitgati of the eleventh Vikram Century was held in great
esteem in the court of Vakpatirai Muni, who was the king of Ujjain.
He was himself a great scholar and poet. Acharya Amitgati was a
learned scholar and writer on various subjects. All his works are
in Sanskrit. He finished his famous work, "Subhasit Ratna Sandoh"
in V. S. -1050 and I, Dharam Pariksha" in V. S. 1070. The subject
matter and the style of his writings are easy, comprehensible and
interesting. Following of his works are available :-
Subhasit Ratna Sandob
Subhasit Ratna Sandoh is a collection of moral quotations. It has
thirty-two topics and 922 couplets. It is a very important
ethical treatise. Those who love such collections should certainly
study this work.
Dharam Pariksha is an unique work of Sanskrit literature. This has
1945 couplets. Those who are interested in the knowledge of
fundamental principles should study this.
lesson in hand is the Hindi translation of "Bhawan Dwatrinshatika"
in poetic form by Shri Yugalkishoreji of Kota.
Oh God, let me have love for all and feeling of joy in the company
of the learned,
Let me have compassion on the unhappy and indifference towards
people having perverted faith.
Let this eternally strong soul be distinct from the physical
Just as the sword is different from the cover; let me have the
courage of this conviction.
Pleasures and pains, friends and enemies, glass and gold; all
should be equal in my view,
I should have no joy and no displeasure in forest and garden or
palace and cottage.
Oh Lord ! the path of conquering the god of attachment as shown by
Should also be followed by me to ensure my own victory over the
If ever I killed or injured any creature living in this world, big
I repent for that and wish that I should never commit sins like
Induced by different passions, if I have ever followed the path
All those evil deeds and thoughts may disappear by my own
Just as a clever doctor destroys the effect of poison, let me also
By looking into my own inner beings, destroy the multiheaded snake
Even when I followed truth and non-violence, I behaved recklessly
Against the spirit of religion and detracted from the path of
Sometimes I was overpowered by the fury of the river of passions
I indulged in sensenal joys and behaved in a brainless manner.
I practiced deceit and hypocrisy and thus harmed myself and
I spread scandals about others and destroyed their reputation in
Let my mind become faultless and clean and let me always adhere to
Let the stream of consciousness flow in my heart like the pure
water of a river.
Let me have in my heart of hearts the image of the omniscient
Whom monks, monarchs, and masters of heavenly beings adore and
Let that omniscient knower of the self and the whole cosmos bereft
of all ills,
Remain before me as my light-house tower to guide me in my pursuit
of the self.
The destroyer of the worldly agonies, and having knowledge and
This ideal of the monks on the path of liberation, may remain in
Let the supreme guide of the path of emancipation, above life and
Unblemished seer of the three worlds, occupy my heart and guide
Let me rise above all attachments and aversions that mislead the
And accept pure psychic state of my own being as my support on the
path of liberation.
Let that guiding star which sees the whole cosmos, as pure and
Be with me throughout my aspirations for achieving the everlasting
Nothing in the external world belongs to me and I do not belong to
Having decided this and abandoned the non-self, I rest in my own
The fountain of happiness lies within, attempts outside are
Joys of the World are mirage and so are our attempts to achieve
The soul alone is indestructible, eternal, sentient and faultless;
All that is outside is non-self, transitory and dependent upon the
How can one who regards his body as different, regard his kith and
kin as his own?
Just as if one's skin is removed all the hair thereupon are
Those who associate themselves with non-self bodies experience
That self and non-self are absolutely different is the real way to
the palace of Nirwan.
One should, therefore, leave the illusion of worldly attachments
And dive deep into the passionless ocean of our supreme being.
Whatever deeds have been done by us, they definitely bear their
There is no body-else who awards rewards or punishments for our
Our own karmas bring us misfortunes or happiness, as a matter of
Let us, therefore, cease thinking that some other being shall
deliver the goods to us.
Amitgati says that our Lord is pure, good, beautiful and great;
Those who cherish him in their souls and identify themselves with
him attain perfection.
By Dr. H. C. Bharill