Nirvanashatkam, or Six Stanzas on Nirvana- Swami Vivekananda

NIRVANASHATKAM, OR SIX STANZAS ON NIRVANA

(Translation of a poem by Shankarâchârya.)

 

I am neither the mind, nor the intellect, nor the ego, nor the mind-stuff; 
I am neither the body, nor the changes of the body; 
I am neither the senses of hearing, taste, smell, or sight, 


Nor am I the ether, the earth, the fire, the air; 
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I am neither the Prâna, nor the five vital airs; 
I am neither the materials of the body, nor the five sheaths; 
Neither am I the organs of action, nor object of the senses; 
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I have neither aversion nor attachment, neither greed nor delusion; 
Neither egotism nor envy, neither Dharma nor Moksha; 
I am neither desire nor objects of desire; 
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I am neither sin nor virtue, neither pleasure nor pain; 
Nor temple nor worship, nor pilgrimage nor scriptures, 
Neither the act of enjoying, the enjoyable nor the enjoyer; 
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I have neither death nor fear of death, nor caste; 
Nor was I ever born, nor had I parents, friends, and relations; 
I have neither Guru, nor disciple; 
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I am untouched by the senses, I am neither Mukti nor knowable; 
I am without form, without limit, beyond space, beyond time; 
I am in everything; I am the basis of the universe; everywhere am I. 
I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute — 
I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

 

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