Nirvana Shatakam: Lyrics, Meaning – Chidananda Rupah Shivoham Shivoham

Nirvana Shatakam, is a great hymn composed by Adi Shankaracharya. This divine hymn is popular with the names Atma shatkam and even with the ending lines Chidananda roopah Shivoham Shivoham.

The main aim of this divine hymn is self realisation.

The Nirvana Shatakam lyrics and meaning give a great view of oneself and thrive us to experience the pure consciousness and the bliss of self realisation.

There are a total of six verses in this hymn, so called Shatkam or shatakam. As the hymn makes us realize the Atma or the self, it got the name Nirvana shatakam and Atma shatkam.

When it comes to Nirvana shatakam meaning, they are composed in a very simple way and can be easily understood by everyone. The ultimate thing explained is to realize and reach the state where a devotee feels his form as pure consciousness, bliss, and as God Shiva himself.

A unique thing about this stotram is, it gives a pleasant feel when recited or meditated upon.

God Shiva in a meditating pose with a Shiva lingam - Nirvana shatakam

Nirvana Shatakam Lyrics and Meaning

Mano buddhy-ahamkara chittani naham
Na cha srotra jihwe na cha ghrana netre
Na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vayu
Chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham (1)

I am not the mind, intellect, ego, or the memory
I am not the ears and tongue, I am not the nose and eyes
Neither I am sky nor the earth, not the Fire or the Air
I am the form of pure consciousness and bliss; I am Shiva, the auspiciousness itself

Na cha prana sangno na vai panchavayu
Nava sapthadhatur na va pancha koshaha
Na vakpani padau na cho pastha payu
Chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham (2)

I am not the prana or even of the five vital air’s (Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana, and samana)
Not the seven materials, saptha dathu’s of the body (skin, muscle, fat, flesh, blood, bone, and marrow) or the five sheats ( sheats of food, prana, intellect, psychological, and of bliss)
I am not the organ of speech, not the hand, feet and not even the organs of reproduction or the excretion
I am the form of pure consciousness and bliss; I am Shiva, the auspiciousness itself

Namae dwesha ragau na mae lobha mohau
Mado naiva mae naiva matsarya bhavaha
Na dharmo na chardho na kamo na mokshaha
Chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham (3)

I have no disliking or liking, not even the greed or the covetousness
Neither I am proud nor with the feelings of envy
I am not bound to perform the duties or to acquire the wealth and I have no craving to desires or to the liberation
I am the form of pure consciousness and bliss; I am Shiva, the auspiciousness itself

Na punyam na papam na saukhyam na dhukkam
Na mantro na teertham na veda na yagnaha
Aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhoktha
Chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham (4)

I have neither virtue nor vice, I have no pleasure or the pain
I need no mantras (sacred chants) or pilgrimage, not even the Vedas (spiritual texts) or the Yagnas (rituals)
I am neither the act of enjoyment nor an object to be enjoyed or even the enjoyer
I am the form of pure consciousness and bliss; I am Shiva, the auspiciousness itself

Na mruthyu na shangka na mae jathi bedha
Pita naiva mae naiva mata na janma
Na bandhur na mitram gururnaiva sishya
Chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham (5)

I am not bound to the death or such fears, or to the distinction of Caste
I have neither father nor mother, not even the birth
I have no relatives or friends, not a guru or a disciple
I am the form of pure consciousness and bliss; I am Shiva, the auspiciousness itself

Aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
Vibhutwaccha sarvatra sarvendriyanam
Na cha sanga tham naiva mukthir na meya
Chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham (6)

I am devoid of the dualities and without any form
I exist everywhere and pervaded through all the senses
Neither I am attached (bonded) or free (liberated)
I am the form of pure consciousness and bliss; I am Shiva, the auspiciousness itself

Ithi Srimad Shankaracharya virachitham Nirvana shatkam sampoornam

Thus completes the Nirvana Shatakam composed by Srimad Shankaracharya

Nirvana Shatakam Benefits

One can get benefited by mediating on this hymn rather than reciting.

The main benefit that one can obtain from Nirvana shatakam is by experiencing the bliss of self realisation.

It also helps in thought development and improving the way of thinking in regular life.

By meditating on this stotram, understanding the meaning of the lyrics can help to feel absolute peace, joy, and tranquillity that are internally explained in the six verses.

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