Nirvana Shatakam

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Conclusion with Nirvana Shatakam

When Adi Sankara was a young child, he approached Guru Govindapaada for seeking guidance. When he was asked to introduce himself, the young Sankara offered in six verses the true nature of the Self.

In these verses known as Nirvana-shatakam, Adi Sankara introduced himself as Shivam, the One, who is void of the ego, beyond the gross, subtle and casual embodiments, unattached and thus unaffected by the fruits of actions, unconditionally free and untouched by the cycle of birth or the desire of liberation, ever with equanimity, with no burden of birth or death, still, void of actions, as the ultimate-noumenal, infinite-knowledge and absolute-bliss.

Only to teach the world, Sankara, the Self-realized Seer, submitted to learn under the Guru Govindapaada and offered unconditional surrender to anyone who has mastered the atma-vidya and remain as the Self-realized Seer. This is confirmed in the Manisha Panchakam.
Thus Nirvana-shatakam, the self-introduction of the greatest Seer, Jagadguru Adi Sankara, is presented as fitting conclusion, for the study of Manisha Panchakam.

॥ निर्वाण षटकम् ॥ – Nirvana Shatakam

मनो बुद्ध्यहंकारचित्तानि नाहम्
न च श्रोत्र जिह्वे न च घ्राण नेत्रे
न च व्योम भूमिर् न तेजॊ न वायु:
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥1॥
mano buddhyahaṁkāracittāni nāham
na ca śrotra jihve na ca ghrāṇa netre
na ca vyoma bhūmir na tejŏ na vāyu:
cidānanda rūpa: śivo’ham śivŏ’ham ||1||
I am
Neither the mind, nor the intellect,
Not the ego, nor the thoughts;
Not the senses of perceptions;
Not the Space, nor am the Wind;
Not the Fire, nor these elements;
Indeed I am eternal
Infinite-knowledge, Absolute-bliss;
Shivam I am! Shivam I am! (1)
न च प्राण संज्ञो न वै पञ्चवायु:
न वा सप्तधातुर् न वा पञ्चकोश:
न वाक्पाणिपादौ न चोपस्थपायू
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥2॥
na ca prāṇa saṁjño na vai pañcavāyu:
na vā saptadhātur na vā pañcakośa:
na vākpāṇipādau na copasthapāyū
cidānanda rūpa: śivo’ham śivŏ’ham ||2||
I am
Not the breath of energy, not the layer of air;
Neither the subtle body; nor the five sheaths of bodies;
Not the hands and legs; none of the organs of work
Indeed I am eternal, infinite-knowledge, and absolute-bliss;
Shivam I am! Shivam I am! (2)
न मे द्वेष रागौ न मे लोभ मोहौ
मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्य भाव:
न धर्मो न चार्थो न कामो ना मोक्ष:
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥3॥
na me dveṣa rāgau na me lobha mohau
mado naiva me naiva mātsarya bhāva:
na dharmo na cārtho na kāmo nā mokṣa:
cidānanda rūpa: śivo’ham śivŏ’ham ||3||
I have am
Neither hatred nor dislike; No likings, no greed
No delusions, No pride; No jealousy, no creed
I have no desires, no duties, No possessions of means
No bindings; No freedom
Indeed I am eternal, infinite-knowledge, and absolute-bliss;
Shivam I am! Shivam I am! (3)
न पुण्यं न पापं न सौख्यं न दु:खम्
न मन्त्रो न तीर्थं न वेदा: न यज्ञा:
अहं भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥4॥
na puṇyaṁ na pāpaṁ na saukhyaṁ na du:kham
na mantro na tīrthaṁ na vedā: na yajñā:
ahaṁ bhojanaṁ naiva bhojyaṁ na bhoktā
cidānanda rūpa: śivo’ham śivŏ’ham ||4||
I am
Beyond the Virtues or Vices;
I have no deeds to earn good or evil;
No pleasures to seek, no pains to feel.
No mantras to recite, not any rite
No pilgrimage to rivers or places of merit;
I am not who experiences, neither the experience, nor that is experienced
Indeed I am eternal infinite-knowledge, absolute-bliss;
Shivam I am! Shivam I am! (4)
न मृत्युर् न शंका न मे जातिभेद:
पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्म
न बन्धुर् न मित्रं गुरुर्नैव शिष्य:
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥5॥
na mṛtyur na śaṁkā na me jātibheda:
pitā naiva me naiva mātā na janma
na bandhur na mitraṁ gururnaiva śiṣya:
cidānanda rūpa: śivo’ham śivŏ’ham ||5||
I am
Beyond death and have no fear as such.
I have no creed on division or castes;
I have no parents as I am never born
I have no kith, no kin, no Guru, no disciple
Indeed I am eternal infinite-knowledge, absolute-bliss;
Shivam I am! Shivam I am! (5)
अहं निर्विकल्पॊ निराकार रूपॊ
विभुत्वाच्च सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम्
न चासंगतं नैव मुक्तिर् न मेय:
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवॊऽहम् ॥6॥
ahaṁ nirvikalpŏ nirākāra rūpŏ
vibhutvācca sarvatra sarvendriyāṇām
na cāsaṁgataṁ naiva muktir na meya:
cidānanda rūpa: śivo’ham śivŏ’ham ||6||
I am
Omnipresent, ultimate-noumenal;
As I am everything
No wishes for anything;
As I am unbound;
No need for liberation;
Indeed I am eternal
Infinite-knowledge, Absolute-bliss;
Shivam I am! Shivam I am! (6)

Manisha Panchakam – Verse (4)

Manisha Panchakam – Prelude

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