I am Shiva

Hymn to Shiva
by Shankaracharya
translated by Swami Veda Bharati

I am ShivaMano-buddhy-ahankaara-chittaani naaham...

I am not mind, intellect, thought, or ego;
Not hearing, taste, smelling or sight;
Not ether or earth, fire or air,
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss -
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
 
I am not that which is called prana, nor the five vital airs;
Not even the seven components of the body
Nor the five sheaths; nor the five organs of actions.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss -
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
 
I have no aversion or clinging, greed or delusion;
No envy or pride, duty or purpose;
No desire, no freedom.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss -
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
 
I am not virtue or vice, not pleasure or pain;
Not sacred word or pilgrimage, not Veda or sacrifice;
I am not enjoying, enjoyable, or enjoyer.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss -
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
 
I have no death or fear, no distinction or caste;
No father, no mother, no birth;
No friend or relation, no master or disciple.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss -
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.
 
I am changeless, formless,
and through all-pervadingness omnipresent;
I am not touched by attachment of senses;
I am not freedom nor knowable.
I am the soul of Knowledge and Bliss -
I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

Randall

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