Nirvana Shatkam, Verse 3:
The true 'I' is not endowed with hatred or affection, nor has
It greed or infatuation. It is bereft of pride and the feeling of
rivalry. Neither is it the goal of ordinary man -- duty, money,
or sense life. Nor is It even Heavens, coveted by people of
great merits. It is 'I' that is of the form of Siva, the essence
of knowledge and beatitude.
(This idea is again reflected in Who am I? of Bhagavan
Ramana. He says: Both love and hate must be eschewed.)
The true 'I' does not gain anything by meritorious deeds nor
does It lose anything by evil deeds. It has neither happiness
nor sorrow. It is not attained by holy chants of mystic power
or by pilgrimage. Nor is It gained by the study of Vedas or
the performance of Vedic sacrifices. It is not the act of taking
food, the articles of food or the agent who eats. It is the
'I' in the form of Siva, the essence of knowledge and beatitude.
(All the above acts are prelude to Jnana. These confer chidda
suddhi and deha suddhi.)
The true 'I' has no death or doubt. Nor has It any differences
in species. It has no father or mother, for It is unborn.
It has no friend or relative. It is neither Guru nor disciple.
It is 'I' that is of the form of Siva, the essence of knowledge
The true 'I' is without any modification and It is formless.
Being all-pervading, It exists everywhere. Being not attached
to any sense objects, It has no release to be achieved. It is not
an object of knowledge. It is 'I' that is of the form of Siva,
the essence of knowledge and beatitude.
(The idea is reflected in Bhagavan Ramana's Upadesa Saram.)
With this, I close the serial posts on Sri Sankara Vijayam.
I bow to the Temple of Vedas, Scriptures, and Puranas.
I bow to the Temple of Compassion,
I bow to Bhagavadpadam, (the feet of Brahman)
I bow to Sankara, who does good and welfare to the world.