This site is presented as an offering to all Seekers of Spiritual Knowledge, and is dedicated to Saint Shri Samartha Ramdas and the teachings contained in Dasbodh.
Jai Raghuveer Samartha!
More sub-chapters will continue to be added in the future.
Dasbodh is a classic spiritual text that until recently has been largely unavailable in the West. The text was written in the 17th Century by the great Saint, Shri Samartha Ramdas in the Marathi language. Marathi is the native language of Maharashtra State in India. The book was originally written in a poetic style and is presented in the format of a conversation between a Guru and disciple. Many questions are answered and many doubts are cleared. In Dasbodh, Samartha Ramdas presents the essence of many Vedic texts. Dasbodh is truly a manual for life, in the highest sense. Dasbodh has been popular for many years in India and has only recently begun to receive recognition in the West. Dasbodh is somewhat unique among spiritual literature in that it not only expounds the classic themes of discrimination between the true and the untrue, and detachment commonly found in Vedic literature, but also provided is detailed instruction on how to function and excel in society from a place of deep spiritual understanding.
Dasbodh is a large volume which is comprised of 20 Main Chapters, each consisting of 10 sub-chapters. Each of these sub-chapters varies in the number of stanzas, but averages around 30-35 stanzas per sub-chapter with some being considerably longer. Contained within the chapters of Dasbodh, Ramdas clearly outlines and makes easy the path of liberation through Devotion and Knowledge. Through knowledge, Ramdas clears away all doubts and gives the understanding of one's "True Self." Ramdas also reveals the true meaning and significance of "Discrimination" and "Detachment." Truly, an entire volume could be written in trying to describe all that is contained within this great text. It draws upon ancient Vedic texts including, but not limited to; The Vedas, the Shashtras, the Upanishads, the Avadhut Gita, the Bhagavad Gita, the Rama Gita, the Yogavasishtha, the Guru Gita, the Brahma Sutras, but to name a few. Mainly what is presented in Dasbodh is the voice of direct experience itself.
The intended purpose of this website is to provide access to this important spiritual classic for westerners. Out of necessity a little background will be given about Samartha Ramdas, but for the most part, this site is meant to provide access to the excerpts from the newest English translation of Dasbodh available to all English speaking spiritual seekers.
Dasbodh.org is a non profit organization which exists solely for the purpose of providing access the spiritual text Dasbodh.
The translation of the text is a large project that has taken nearly 9 years of work. The greatness and significance of this text is such that in order to make it available to wester seekers every attempt is being made to edit it in clear and simple modern English. I hope you enjoy what is contained on this site and in the book itself.
Dasbodh in English is now available for purchase.
Click on one of the Chapters listed below to access the index for that Chapter. Each chapter index will provide links to sub-chapters within that chapter.
Chapter 1: OFFERINGS OF PRAISE
Chapter 5 MANTRAS
Chapter 6 IN SEARCH OF GOD
Chapter 7 FOURTEEN BRAHMANS NEW!
Chapter 8 ORIGIN OF MAYA NEW!
Chapter 9 ATTRIBUTES AND FORM NEW!
Chapter 17 PRIMORDIAL MALE AND FEMALE
Dasbodh being sung in Marathi is now available on the internet.
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Last Update: March 9th, 2011
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