Shiva

I am consciousness-bliss, I am Shiva.

 

I am consciousness-bliss, I am Shiva.

 

I am neither the mind, intellect, ego, nor memory.
I am neither the five sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue nor skin).
I am neither the five elements (earth, wind, fire, water nor ether).
I am consciousness-bliss, I am Shiva.

 

I am neither energy, the five types of breath, the seven material essences, nor the five coverings.
I am not the organs of elimination (rectum), procreation (genitals), motion (legs), grasping (hands) nor speech (mouth).
I am consciousness-bliss, I am Shiva.

 

I have neither hatred nor dislike, neither affiliation nor liking, neither greed nor delusion, neither pride nor haughtiness, neither feelings of envy nor jealousy.
I have neither duty, nor wealth, neither desire nor liberation.
I am consciousness-bliss, I am Shiva.

 

I have neither merit, nor demerit.
I do not commit deeds bad nor good, I am neither happy nor sad, I have neither pain nor pleasure.
I do not need of mantras, holy places, scriptures, rituals nor sacrifices.
I am neither the seer nor the seen, neither the experiencer nor the experience.
I am consciousness-bliss, I am Shiva.

 

I fear no death as I am deathless.
I have no separation of Self, nor doubt of my existence, I have no caste discrimination.
I have no father nor mother, I am not born.
I am no one’s relative, friend, guru, or disciple.
I am consciousness-bliss, I am Shiva.

 

I am all-pervasive. I have no attributes, I am formless.
I have no world attachment, nor am I liberated.
I have no wish for anything as I am everything, everywhere, always, always in equilibrium.
I am consciousness-bliss, I am Shiva.

 

These stanzas, are known as “Nirvana Shatakam” or “Atma Shatakam.” “Nirvana” is complete equanimity, peace, tranquility, freedom and joy. “Atma” is the True Self.

 

Shiva is another name for That which is ever-present, here and now.
That tells us what God is not, but it doesn’t really tell us what God is.

 

Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7c0beF-4zw&feature=youtu.be