Nirvan Shatakam – निर्वाणषट्कम्

Shri Adi Shankaracharya

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The Atmashatkam (आत्मषट्कम्ātmaṣatkam), also known as Nirvanashatkam (निर्वाणषट्कम्, Nirvāṇaṣatkam), is a devotional composition consisting of 6 verses or ślokas (and hence the name Șaṭ-ka to mean six-verses) in Sanskrit, written by the Hindu philosopher Adi Shankara summarizing the basic teachings of Advaita Vedanta, or the Hindu teachings of non-dualism. It was written around 788-820 CE.

It is said that when Ādi Śaṅkara was a young boy of eight and wandering near River Narmada, seeking to find his guru, he encountered the seer Govinda Bhagavatpada who asked him, “Who are you?”. The boy answered with these stanzas, which are known as “Nirvāṇa Shatkam” or Ātma Shatkam”. Swami Govindapada accepted Ādi Śaṅkara as his disciple. The verses are said to be valued to progress in contemplation practices that lead to Self-Realization.

“Nirvāṇa” is complete equanimity, peace, tranquility, freedom and joy. “Ātma” is the True Self.


मनोबुद्ध्यहंकार चित्तानि नाहं न च श्रोत्रजिह्वे न च घ्राणनेत्रे।

न च व्योम भूमिर्न तेजो न वायुः चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ।। 1 ।।

I am not mind, nor intellect, nor ego, nor the reflections of inner self (citta). I am not the five senses. I am beyond that. I am not the seven elements or the five sheaths. I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, the auspicious (Śivam), love and pure consciousness. ||1||

मैं न तो मन हूं, न बुद्धि, न अहंकार, न ही चित्त हूं

मैं न तो कान हूं, न जीभ, न नासिका, न ही नेत्र हूं

मैं न तो आकाश हूं, न धरती, न अग्नि, न ही वायु हूं

मैं तो शुद्ध चेतना हूं, अनादि, अनंत शिव हूं। (1)


न च प्राणसंज्ञो न वै पंचवायुः, न वा सप्तधातुः न वा पञ्चकोशः।

न वाक्पाणिपादौ न चोपस्थपायु, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ।। 2 ।।

Neither can I be termed as energy (prāṇa), nor five types of breath (vāyus – Prāṇa, Apāna,Vyāna, Udāna, Samāna), nor the seven material essences, nor the five sheaths(pañca-kośa – Annamayakosha, Pranamayakosha, Manomayakosha, Vijnanamayakosha, Anandamayakosha). Neither am I the organ of Speech, nor the organs for Holding ( Hand ), Movement ( Feet ) or Excretion. I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, the auspicious (Śivam), love and pure consciousness. ||2||

मैं न प्राण हूं,  न ही पंच वायु हूं

मैं न सात धातु हूं,

और न ही पांच कोश हूं

मैं न वाणी हूं, न हाथ हूं, न पैर, न ही उत्‍सर्जन की इन्द्रियां हूं

मैं तो शुद्ध चेतना हूं, अनादि, अनंत शिव हूं। (2)


न मे द्वेषरागौ न मे लोभमोहौ, मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्यभावः।

न धर्मो न चार्थो न कामो न मोक्षः, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ।। 3 ।।

I have no hatred or dislike, nor affiliation or liking, nor greed, nor delusion, nor pride or haughtiness, nor feelings of envy or jealousy. I have no duty (dharma), nor any money (artha), nor any desire (kāma), nor even liberation (mokṣa). I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, the auspicious (Śivam), love and pure consciousness. ||3|| 

न मुझे घृणा है, न लगाव है, न मुझे लोभ है, और न मोह

न मुझे अभिमान है, न ईर्ष्या

मैं धर्म, धन, काम एवं मोक्ष से परे हूं

मैं तो शुद्ध चेतना हूं, अनादि, अनंत शिव हूं। (3)


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 ।। 4 ।।

I have neither merit (virtue), nor demerit (vice). I do not commit sins or good deeds, nor have happiness or sorrow, pain or pleasure. I do not need mantras, holy places, scriptures (Vedas), rituals or sacrifices (yajñas). I am none of the triad of the observer or one who experiences, the process of observing or experiencing, or any object being observed or experienced. I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, the auspicious (Śivam), love and pure consciousness. ||4||

मैं पुण्य, पाप, सुख और दुख से विलग हूं

मैं न मंत्र हूं, न तीर्थ, न ज्ञान, न ही यज्ञ

न मैं भोजन(भोगने की वस्‍तु) हूं, न ही भोग का अनुभव, और न ही भोक्ता हूं

मैं तो शुद्ध चेतना हूं, अनादि, अनंत शिव हूं। (4)


न मे मृत्युशंका न मे जातिभेदः, पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्मः।

न बन्धुर्न मित्रं गुरूर्नैव शिष्यः, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ।। 5 ।।

I do not have fear of death, as I do not have death. I have no separation from my true self, no doubt about my existence, nor have I discrimination on the basis of birth. I have no father or mother, nor did I have a birth. I am not the relative, nor the friend, nor the guru, nor the disciple. I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, the auspicious (Śivam), love and pure consciousness. ||5||

न मुझे मृत्यु का डर है, न जाति का भेदभाव

मेरा न कोई पिता है, न माता, न ही मैं कभी जन्मा था

मेरा न कोई भाई है, न मित्र, न गुरू, न शिष्य,

मैं तो शुद्ध चेतना हूं, अनादि, अनंत शिव हूं। (5)


अहं निर्विकल्पो निराकार रूपो, विभुत्वाच सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम्।

न चासङ्गतं नैव मुक्तिर्न मेयः, चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ।। 6 ।।

I am all pervasive. I am without any attributes, and without any form. I have neither attachment to the world, nor to liberation (mukti). I have no wishes for anything because I am everything, everywhere, every time, always in equilibrium. I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, the auspicious (Śivam), love and pure consciousness. ||6||

मैं निर्विकल्प हूं, निराकार हूं

मैं चैतन्‍य के रूप में सब जगह व्‍याप्‍त हूंसभी इन्द्रियों में हूं,

न मुझे किसी चीज में आसक्ति है, न ही मैं उससे मुक्त हूं,

मैं तो शुद्ध चेतना हूं, अनादि‍, अनंत शिव हूं। (6)


Some more sources:

1. http://www.stutimandal.com/gif_adi/nirvana_shatakam.htm

2. http://www.sankaracharya.org/nirvana_shatkam.php

3. http://www.hindupedia.com/en/Nirvana_shatakam


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