Śukāṣṭakam is an octet composed by Shuka, the son of Lord Vyasa, who was highly revered as a great jnānin, as a renunciant and a knower of the self. In this octet, Shuka describes exalted sages who have gained self-knowledge as having transcended all injunctions and prohibitions of the Vedas. They lead a life of oneness with everything and everyone in the universe. Free as the breeze or a flowing brook, they go wherever they please, delighting everyone unconditionally, like even the spring, that bursts forth in bloom without any reason. Studying the ways in which a jnānin moves in the world is a salient form of sādhanā for all aspirants of self-knowledge.

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