Atma Shatakam written by Adi Shankaracharya – Sung by Deva Premal


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Atma Shatakam is a poem or Shloka in six stanzas written by Adi Shankaracharya summarising the concept of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualistic philosophy)a sub-school of Vedanta School of Hindu philosophy.

Here are the Sanskrit words to the song (in bold) and the English translations (in italics)

Mano buddhya-hankara chittani naham
Na cha shrotra jihve, na cha ghrana netre
Na cha vyoma bhumirna tejo na vayuhu
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham . (1)

I am not the mind, intellect, thought, ego, or some form of the supreme being;
I neither have ears, nor tongue and
I neither have nose (nostrils) nor eyes;
I am not the sky, earth, light or the wind;
I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Na cha prana sangno na vai pancha vayuhu
Na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshaha
Na vak pani padau na chopastha payoo
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(2).

I am not the most essential air that everyone breathes.
Nor a part of essential five gases related to bodily functions (which are Prana, Aparna, Vyana, Udana and Samana).
I am not the seven-fold material (Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Medas, Asthi,Majja and Shukra) that help in body’s physical development,
I am not part of five coverings that help to build up the personality (food, air, mind, knowledge or wisdom and pleasure).
Nor am I the five organs of action (which are speech/mouth, hands, feet, reproductive and rectum),
I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau
Mado naiva me naiva matsarya bhavah
Na dharmo na chartho na kamo na mokshah
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(3).

I have no likes or dislikes;
Not I have any greed or delusion;
I have no pride or arrogant vanity;
Nor am I jealous of anyone or in competition with anyone ;
I do not need the four main necessities of life (which are Dharma (Law of Life), Artha (Wealth), Kama (Desires) and Moksha (Liberation);
I am the fortunate, joyful,supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Na punyam na papam na saukhyam na dukham
Na mantro na tirtham na veda na yagnaha
Aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(4).

I am not attached to any righteousness or sin;
I have neither pleasure nor sorrow;
I have no need for any Mantra;
I have no need for pilgrimages ;
I have no need for any sacred scriptures;
nor do I perform any sacrifise or rituals;
I am neither the meal nor the one who consumes or what is consumed;
I am the fortunate, joyful,supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Na me mrutyu shanka na me jati bhedah
Pita naiva me naiva mata na janma
Na bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyah
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(5).

I have no fear of death,
nor do I have caste distinctions;
I neither have a father nor mother because I was never born;
I have neither kin/relatives nor friends;
I have no gurus and nor am I a disciple;
I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
Vibhur vyapya sarvatra sarvendriyanam
Sada me samatvam na muktir na bandhah
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(6).

I am free of thoughts and beyond imagination since I have no form;
I am all pervading and exist everywhere;
I am the king of all sense-organs;
I am always impartial to everything and everyone,;
I am free from everything and I have no attachment to anything;
I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

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