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Nirvana defined in a poem

Nirvana Shatikam (also reffered to as Atma Shatakam) is a poem of six stanzas. It was written by Adi Shankara, an Indian Philosopher, who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualistic philosophy). Shatikam means six and Nirvana means liberation. Thus, its a hymn of six verses on liberation, each of which resembles a jewel in the garland of Vedanta. The first three lines of each of the first five stanzas negate all that is not Atma/Consciousness, while the last line strongly affirms what Atma is.

Stanza 1:

Mano Buddhi Ahankara Chitta Ninaham

Nacha Shrotra Jihve Na Cha Ghrana Netre

Nacha Vyoma Bhoomir Na Tejo Na Vayu

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I am not mind, nor intellect, nor ego, nor the reflections of inner self.

I am not the five senses. I am beyond that.

I am not the ether, nor the earth, nor the fire, nor the wind.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 2:

Na Cha Prana Sangyo Na Vai Pancha Vayu

Na Vaa Sapta dhatur Na Vaa Pancha Koshah

Na Vak Pani Padam Na Chopastha Payu

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

Neither can I be termed as energy, nor five types of breath.

Neither the seven material essences, nor the five coverings.

Neither am I the five instruments of elimination, procreation, motion, grasping, or speaking.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 3:

Na Me Dvesha Ragau Na Me Lobha Mohau

Mado Naiva Me Naiva Maatsarya Bhavah

Na Dharmo Na Chartho Na Kamo Na Mokshah

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I have no hatred or dislike, nor affiliation or liking.

I have no greed, nor delusion, nor pride or haughtiness, nor feelings of envy or jealousy.

I have no duty, nor any money, nor any desire, nor even liberation.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 4:

Na Punyam Na Papam Na Saukhyam Na Dukham

Na Mantro Na Teertham Na Veda Na Yajnaha

Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhokta

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I have neither merit, nor demerit, I do not commit sins or good deeds, nor have happiness or sorrow, pain or pleasure.

I do not need mantras, holy places, scriptures, rituals or sacrifices.

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, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 5:

Na Mrityu Na Shanka Na Me Jati Bhedah

Pita Naiva Me Naiva Mata Na Janma

Na Bandhur Na Mitram Gurur Naiva Shishyah

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

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, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 6:

Aham NirvikaLpo Nirakara Roopo

Vibhut Vaakhya Sarvatra Sarvendriyanam

Sada Me Samatvam Na Mukthir Na Bandhah

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I am all pervasive, I am without any attributes, and without any form.

I have neither attachment to the world, nor to liberation.

I have no wishes for anything because I am everything, everywhere, every time, always in equilibrium.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

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What the f**k do we know?

Ever had those moments where you question your existence, the cause for your being? Ever asked yourself why you dream, why you get up every morning to the same routine? Ever wondered why you smile, why you cry, why you react in a certain way? I am quite sure a lot of you have but then how many actually inquire further. In this age we are either busy making money or paying bills.. isn’t it? Who has the time?

Since birth we’ve been told what to do, whether it be religious boundaries or societal, we have been raised to follow restrictions, follow the rules. Conception of good & bad has evolved over the years. There is constant conditioning of the mind, an attraction towards the pleasant and an aversion towards unpleasant. Any reaction to an external stimuli comes after a reflection in the mirror of memory. So then one asks what is memory?

In simple words, memory is time, memory is experience, memory is what makes you YOU. And every memory is attached to a sense of happiness or sadness.. isn’t it? If you are exposed to an environment where you have had pleasant times, then you feel good don’t you. If you see a loved one after a long time, you feel happy because the memory attached is associated with happiness. Even just a thought of something brings about an emotion. So you have to understand the enormity of thought for it is the trigger to memory.

A Japanese doctor, Masaru Emoto, made an inquiry into the power of thought. He wanted to know if thoughts could have an effect outside the mind in the physical/material dimension. He chose water as the test subject since it is the most receptive of the five tattvas. He exposed water to different words, music and pictures. He then froze the water and examined the crystals formed with microscopic photography. They say a picture equals a thousand words.. well what if just a thought could paint a picture?? The results of Emoto’s experiment are mind boggling. Here’s a clip of his findings:

Amazing isn’t it? Yes, it sure is, but then the scary part is what do we really know about life, matter, universe. Our body is primarily composed of water and we have just seen the effects thoughts can have on it. So now do you understand why you are the way you are? It’s because you have conditioned your thoughts in such a way and every thing you see, listen, touch and feel adds on to your never ending memory.

Life is a journey of possibilities, but our memory assigns certain probabilities to these possibilities. Religion and society are trying to assign these probabilities in your mind. You have been brought up with these conditioning’s, it’s been hardwired into our genes for generations. But you have to understand that those possibilities STILL exist, it’s our mind assigning a very low probability to it that we don’t consider it anymore. Your mind is the greatest gift God has ever engineered. Don’t assign limitations to it, try to inquire, try to explore, try to learn and understand because honestly What the f**k do we know?

Duality of consciousness

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What is ‘I’?

It is always difficult to keep simple and clear. The world worships success, the bigger the better; the greater the audience the greater the speaker; the colossal super buildings, cars, aeroplanes and people. Simplicity is lost. The successful people are not the ones who are building a new world. To be a real revolutionary requires a complete change of heart and mind, and how few want to free themselves. One cuts the surface roots; but to cut the deep feeding roots of mediocrity, success, needs something more than words, methods, compulsions. There seem to be few, but they are the real builders–the rest labor in vain.

One is everlastingly comparing oneself with another, with what one is, with what one should be, with someone who is more fortunate. This comparison really kills. Comparison is degrading, it perverts one’s outlook. And on comparison one is brought up. All our education is based on it and so is our culture. So there is everlasting struggle to be something other than what one is. The understanding of what one is uncovers creativeness, but comparison breeds competitiveness, ruthlessness, ambition, which we think brings about progress. Progress has only led so far to more ruthless wars and misery than the world has ever known. To bring up children without comparison is true education.

— J. Krishnamurti, Krishnamurti, A Biography,
by Pupul Jayakar, pp. 255-256