Atma Shatakam

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Atma Shatakam also known as Nirvana Shatikam and Atma Shatkam is a poem or Shloka in six stanzas written by Ādi Śaṅkarācārya summarising the concept of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualistic philosophy):

1) Mano Buddhi Ahankara Chitta Ninaham
Nacha Shrotra Jihve Na Cha Ghrana Netre
Nacha Vyoma Bhoomir Na Tejo Na Vayu
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

2) Na Cha Prana Sangyo Na Vai Pancha Vayu
Na Vaa Sapta dhatur Na Vaa Pancha Koshah
Na Vak Pani Padam Na Chopastha Payu
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

3) Na Me Dvesha Ragau Na Me Lobha Mohau
Mado Naiva Me Naiva Maatsarya Bhavah
Na Dharmo Na Chartho Na Kamo Na Mokshah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

4) Na Punyam Na Papam Na Saukhyam Na Dukham
Na Mantro Na Teertham Na Veda Na Yajnaha
Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhokta
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

5) Na Mrityu Na Shanka Na Me Jati Bhedah
Pita Naiva Me Naiva Mata Na Janma
Na Bandhur Na Mitram Gurur Naiva Shishyah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

6) Aham NirvikaLpo Nirakara Roopo
Vibhut Vaakhya Sarvatra Sarvendriyanam
Sada Me Samatvam Na Mukthir Na Bandhah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

A poetic non-literal version entitled "Song of the Soul" is rendered in Iyengar (1966: p.53):

I am neither ego nor reason, I am neither mind nor thought,
I cannot be heard nor cast into words, nor by smell nor sight ever caught:
In light and wind I am not found, nor yet in earth and sky -
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no name, I have no life, I breathe no vital air,
No elements have moulded me, no bodily sheath is my lair:
I have no speech, no hands and feet, nor means of evolution -
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss in dissolution.

I cast aside hatred and passion, I conquered delusion and greed;
No touch of pride caressed me, so envy never did breed:
Beyond all faiths, past reach of wealth, past freedom, past desire,
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is my attire.

Virtue and vice, or pleasure and pain are not my heritage,
Nor sacred texts, nor offerings, nor prayer, nor pilgrimage:
I am neither food, nor eating, nor yet the eater am I -
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no misgiving of death, no chasms of race divide me,
No parent ever called me child, no bond of birth ever tied me:
I am neither disciple nor master, I have no kin, no friend -
Consciousness and joy am I, and merging in Bliss is my end.

Neither knowable, knowledge, nor knower am I, formless is my form,
I dwell within the senses but they are not my home:
Ever serenely balanced, I am neither free nor bound -
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is where I'm found.


Self knowledge, self identity

Very,very nice is of its singing along-with the understanding its meaning. Adi Shankaracharya has expressed through it the knowledge, identity and experience of the Self.

NIDHI PARKASH | Wed, 03/10/2010 - 16:31
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What a beautiful jewel

Thanks for sharing this.

B-friend | Thu, 03/11/2010 - 07:31
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There are so many reasons to

There are so many reasons to love this verse, but one of those apparent to me so far is that for every thing my mind identifies with, there is a negation of that thought and a reassertion of the truth.

So nice of you to share it, thank you again!

Gilana | Fri, 03/12/2010 - 17:58
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Universal Mind

These are the attributes of universal mind unbounded by time and unnconditioned by the limitations of life that governs us.

Mohan Singh | Sun, 04/10/2011 - 15:50
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These are attributes...

These are attributes of your true nature as well, not limited to identification with the body/mind experience which limits itself, by various means, to be governed by universal laws and principles.

Perhaps the purest and most direct description ever written(so far that I've come across). I also hesitate to even call it a description..Just a profound and poetic introduction of his self. The Ashtavakra Gita is exceptional as well but in a different context.

B-friend | Wed, 04/13/2011 - 06:53