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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 104
« on: October 21, 2009, 11:57:44 AM »
Sri Sankara's Nirvana Shatkam, the Six Verses on Nirvana or
Freedom is another famous poem.  This was actually sung
by Sri Sankara when he was 8 years old, at the banks of Narmada
river, when he met Govinda Bhagavatpada, his Guru.  When
Govinda Bhagavatpada asked the little boy:  Who are you?
Sri Sankara replied in verses.

Verse 1:

The true base of the term 'I' is not the mind, intellect, ego or
perception.  Nor is It the sense of hearing, taste, smell, or
sight.  Nor is It the sky, earth, fire or air.  It is 'I' that is
of the form of Siva, the essence of knowledge and beatitude.

Verse 2:

It is not what is called the Prana, nor is it the five vital
forces.  It is not the seven elements of the body, neither
is it the five sheaths forming the body.  It is not the organ
of speech, hand, foot, the organ of procreation or excretion.
It is "I" that is of the form of Siva, the essence of knowlege
and beatitude.

The above two verses are the same as the Who am I? of
Bhagavan Ramana.  Bhagavan Ramana did not read Sri
Sankara when He said this Who am I? to Sivaprakasam
Pillai!  All Brahma Jnanis say the same thing, as if they
had copied from each other's note book as children do in

Arunachala Siva.