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Nirvana shatakam (Atma Shatkam)

Aadi Shankaracharya

The sloka emphasizes on our true Self as SatChitAnanda (ever existing, ever consciousness, ever new bliss). Generally this true self is covered by bio-psycho-social self, we always attribute to one of them as our real self. Biological attribution like I am strong, I am short, I am fat, I am tall etc., Psychological attributions like I am genius, I am dull, I am emotional, I am rational etc., social attributions like I am a father, I am a teacher, I am a doctor, I am a politician etc., in this shataka Aadi shankaracharya explains how the bio-psycho-social self sense covers our true self and how to overcome it.

Sanskrit Lyrics, English Lyrics with meaning and Word by word Translation

1. मनोबुद्धयहंकार चित्तानि नाहं, न च श्रोत्रजिव्हे न च घ्राणनेत्रे । न च व्योम भूमिर्न तेजो न वायुः, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम्।

Manobuddhyahaṃkāra chittāni nāhaṃna cha śrotrajihve na cha ghrāṇanetrena cha vyoma
bhūmir na tejo na vāyuḥchidānandarūpaḥ śivo'ham śivo'ham.

(I am not the mind, Intelligence, sense of 'I' (aham karta iti ahamkara), anthakarna (Conditioned consciousness). I am not the sense organs (ears, tongue, nose, eyes and skin). I am not the pancha bhutas (five elements viz., sky or ether, earth, light or fire, the wind and the water). I am "Shiva" (SatChitAnanda) beyond all these.)

2. न च प्राणसंज्ञो न वै पंचवायुः, न वा सप्तधातुः न वा पञ्चकोशः । न वाक्पाणिपादं न चोपस्थपायु, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम्।

Na ca praṇasajño na vai paṃcavāyuḥ na vā saptadhātur na vā paṃcakośaḥ na vākpāṇipādaṃ na copasthapāyu
cidānandarūpaḥ śivo'ham śivo'ham.

(I am neither the vital energy nor pancha vayu (vital airs viz., prana, vyana, apana, samana, udana) I am not the saptha dhatu (seven essential elements viz., Rasa=lymph, Rakta=blood, Mamsa=Muscles, Medha=Fat, Asthi=bone, Majja=Marrow, Shukra=Semen). I am not the Panchakosha (five sheaths covering the true self Viz.,  Annamaya=Gross body, Pranamaya=Vital energy, Manomaya=Mind sheath, Vijnanamaya=Intellect, Anandamaya=Bliss sheath).I am not the Karmendriyas (Motor organs viz., speech, hands, legs, organs of procreation and the elimination). I am “Shiva" (SatChitAnanda) beyond all these.)

3. न मे द्वेषरागौ न मे लोभमोहौ, मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्यभावः । न धर्मो न चार्थो न कामो न मोक्षः, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम्।

Na me dveşarāgau na me lobhamohau mado naiva me naiva mātsaryabhāvaḥ na dharmo na cārtho na kāmo na mokşaḥ cidānandarūpaḥ śivo'ham śivo'ham.

(I have no hatred or dislike, neither greed nor liking, no delusion. I have no pride or haughtiness, nor jealousy. I am beyond four purusharthas (human goals viz., Dharma=righteousness, Artha= Prosperity, Kama=Desire, Moksha=Liberation). I am "Shiva" (SatChitAnanda) beyond all these).

4. न पुण्यं न पापं न सौख्यं न दुःखं, न मन्त्रो न तीर्थो न वेदा न यज्ञ । अहं भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम्।

Na puṇyaṃ na pāpaṃ na saukhyaṃ na dukhyaṃ na mantro na tīrthaṃ na vedā na yajña
ahaṃ bhojanaṃ naiva bhojyaṃ na bhoktā cidānandarūpaḥ śivo'ham śivo'ham.

(I am beyond virtue, vice, pleasure, pain, mantras (sacred chants), pilgrimages, scriptures (Vedas) and rituals or sacrifices (yajnas). I am neither the enjoyed nor the enjoyer, nor enjoyment. I am "Shiva" (SatChitAnanda) beyond all these).

5. न मे मृत्युशंका न मे जातिभेदः, पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्मः । न बन्धुर्न मित्रं गुरूर्नैव शिष्यः, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम्।

Na me mṛtyuśaṃkā na me jātibhedaḥ pitā naiva me naiva mātā na janmaḥ
na bandhur na mitraṃ gurunaiva śişyaḥ cidānandarūpaḥ śivo'ham śivo'ham.

(I have no fear of death, nor do I have death. I have no doubt and discrimination. I have no father or mother, I have no birth. I have no relatives, nor friend, nor the guru, nor the disciple. I am "Shiva" (SatChitAnanda) beyond all these).

6. अहं निर्विकल्पो निराकार रूपो, विभुत्वाच सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम् । न चासङत नैव मुक्तिर्न मेयः, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम्।

Ahaṃ nirvikalpo nirākāra rūpo vibhutvāca sarvatra sarveṃdriyāṇaṃ na cāsangata naiva muktir na meyaḥ
cidānandarūpaḥ śivo'ham śivo'ham.

(I am all pervasive, and without any form, pervade all senses and world. I have neither attachment to the world, nor to the liberation (mukti). I am "Shiva” (SatChitAnanda) beyond all these).


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