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Nirvana Shatakam, Nirvana Shatkam, Adi Sankara

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Nirvāṇaṣaṭkam

I am not mind, wisdom, pride, and heart. Or I am not ear, tongue, nose and eyes. I am not sky, land, power, and wind. I am thought and joy, I am eternal-bliss, I am eternal-bliss.[1]

I am not the state of being alive or the five type of Prāṇavāyu. I am not the seven elements constituting the body (Dhātu) or I am not the five sheaths which hide the soul. I am not voice, hand, or legs. I am not the portion at the bottom of waist (anus or Liṅga). I am thought and joy, I am eternal-bliss, I am eternal-bliss.[2]

I am not the state of envy and passion or I am not the emotions of greed and attachment. I am not intoxication or I am not the emotion of jealousy. And I am not even the four Puruṣārtha, viz.,Dharma, Artha, Kāma and Mokṣa. I am thought and joy, I am eternal-bliss, I am eternal-bliss.[3]

I am not Puṇya or Pāpa (right or sin), friendship, or grief. I am not the chants or shrines. I am not the Veda, the sacrifice and the oblation. I am not even the action of eating, or the one that should be eaten (food), or the consumer. I am thought and joy, I am eternal-bliss, I am eternal-bliss.[4]

I am not death, I am not the doubts, I am not the differences between races. I am not a father, I am not a mother, or not even the birth. I am not a relative, I am not a preceptor, or I am not even a disciple. I am thought and joy, I am eternal-bliss, I am eternal-bliss.[5]

I am free from changes, and lack all the qualities and forms. I am present everywhere in all the sense-organs. I am not free or I am not even associated. I am not measurable (in any way). I am thought and joy, I am eternal-bliss, I am eternal-bliss.[6]

References

Poet: Ādi Śaṅkara

Book: Bṛhatstotraratnākaraḥ

Translator: Animesh Kumar

Submitter: Animesh Kumar

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