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Nirvana Shatkam by Sankara
« on: July 18, 2008, 11:55:50 AM »
Nirvana Shatkam, Six Verses on Liberation, is a brief poem by
Sankara, describing the state of liberation and liberated soul.
When one reads this, one cannot but think about Bhagavan
Ramana Maharshi's state, when He was in body.  The poem
is what Bhagavan lived for 54 years in Tiruvannamalai.  You
can observe the same vein in Who am I? of Bhagavan, when
He told this to Sivaprakasam Pillai, in 1902, when He was only
22.  A sample,

Om, I am neither the mind, intelligence, ego nor chitta*
Neither the ears nor the tongue, nor the senses of smell and sight,
Neither ether nor air nor fire nor water nor earth,
I am the Eternal Bliss and Awareness,
I am Siva, I am Siva!

I am neither the prana nor the five vital breaths,
Neither the seven elements of the body, nor its five sheaths,
Nor hands nor feet nor tongue nor other organs of action,
I am the Eternal Bliss and Awareness,
I am Siva, I am Siva.

All the five pranas, five cognitive organs, five conative organs,
seven humours, mind, intellect, buddhi and chitta*, ajnana**
have been detailed by Bhagavan in Who am I?  See Arthur
Osborne's translation.

* chitta, is the seat of memory
** ajnana is the state which we experience in sleep, with
only nescience or vasanas.   

Arunachala Siva.