Nirvana Shatakam Mantra - An Ultimate Guide

Nirvana Shatakam Mantra – An Ultimate Guide

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Nirvana Shatakam mantra, written by Adi Shankaracharya over a thousand years ago, is one of the most powerful mantras to attain inner peace.  

When `someone’ asked him `who are you?, he replied in the form of this poetry, in which Adi Shankara says that he is Shivoham – the ultimate truth.  

Adi Shankara himself recited these stotras for the first time just before his nirvana. Thus the name Nirvana Shatakam. 

Nirvana means moksha, Shatakam means six.

Nirvana Shatakam by Mahakatha is also one of the mantras on the Ancient Chants from India Album.

We at Mahakatha recorded Nirvana Shatakam as our first mantra. It was the mantra our principle singer recorded after experiencing bliss.

The blissfulness comes from the daily chanting of this mantra she used to chant for her pregnant sister-in-law.

The power of the mantra was such that the little child in the womb used to react when it was just about time for the mantra to be chanted.

The child also used to react to the mantra when chanted.

Seeing the greatest gift of energy and healing passed on by our ancestors and rich Indian culture, we wanted to share this mantra with the world.

Till date, our recording of this mantra is free for download. You can download the Nirvana Shatakam mantra here.

Seeing the greatest gift of energy and healing passed on by our ancestors and rich Indian culture, we wanted to share this mantra with the world.  

Nirvana Shatakam Mantra Lyrics :

Verse 1

|| Mano buddhi ahankara chittani naaham
No cha shrotravjihve na cha ghraana netre
Na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vaayuhu
Chidananda rupah Shivo’ha||

Verse 2

||Na cha prana sangyo na vai pancha vayuhu
Na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshah
Na vak pani-padam na chopastha payu
Chidandanda rupah Shivo’ham Shivo’ham||

Verse 3

||Na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau
Na me vai mado naiva matsarya bhavaha
Na dharma na chartho na kamo na mokshaha
Chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham||

Verse 4

||Na punyam na papam na saukhyam na duhkham
Na mantra na tirtham na veda na yajnah
Aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokfa
Chidananda rupah Shivo’ham Shivo’ham||

Verse 5

||Na me mytyu shanka na mejati bhedaha
Pita naiva me naiva mataa na janmaha
Na bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyaha
Chidananda rupah Shivo’ham Shivo’ham||

Verse 6

||Aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
Vibhut vatcha sarvatra sarvendriyanam
Na cha sangatham naiva muktir na meyaha
Chidananda rupah Shivo’ham Shivo’ham||

The Story of Adi Shankaracharya and  Nirvana Shatakam Mantra: 

In these stotras, written in his supreme state of realisation, Adi Shankara explains the state of wisdom and truth.

One of the stories on the Nirvana Shatakam is this:

Adi Shankaracharya Nirvana Shatakam
His Holiness - Adi Shankaracharya

When Adi Shankara was in Kashi, he used to have his daily bath in the Ganga.

One day, on his way to the Ganga, his way was blocked by a Chandala (belonging to the untouchable caste) whose job was to burn the dead bodies.

Adi Shankara immediately asked him to go away.

The man, instead of moving away, asked Adi Shankara  `who are you?’

Adi Shankara knew that no ordinary man would ask him this question and he realised that the man in front of him was the Lord Kasinath Shiva himself.

Searching for an answer to the question `who are you?’

Adi Shankara went into a deep state of meditation.  

And being in the state of highest consciousness, he identified himself with the ultimate truth of life – Shivoham. 

Shivoham means `I am Shiva’.  

He wrote down his answers then and there and read it out.

Adi Shankara mostly answered the question “who are you” by saying what/who is not he, instead of just saying who is he!

Adi Shankara was no ordinary soul to have attained the state of `Shivoham’ at a very young age.

What lies between realities and false identification is the truth.  The truth, the ultimate truth is Shiva.

Shiva - Nirvana Shatakam poster
Adi Shankaraycharya's Nirvana Shatakam is an ode to Lord Shiva

Meaning Of The Nirvana Shatakam Mantra

Learning and understanding the meaning of this mantra is crucial for meditation and healing. We have simplified the meaning to help you better understand the narrative here. 

|| Mano Buddhi Ahankara Chittani Naaham ||
I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory

|| Na Cha Shrotravjihve Na Cha Ghraana Netre ||
I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes

|| Na Cha Vyoma Bhumir Na Tejo Na Vaayuhu ||
I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind

|| Chidananda Rupah Shivo’ham Shivoham ||
I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva

|| Na Cha Prana Sangyo Na Vai Pancha Vayuhu ||
I am not the breath, nor the five elements

|| Na Va Sapta Dhatur Na Va Pancha Koshah ||
I am not matter, nor the five sheaths of consciousness

|| Na Vak Pani-padam Na Chopastha Payu ||
Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet

|| Chidananda Rupah Shivo’ham Shivo’ham ||
I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva

|| Na Me Dvesha Ragau Na Me Lobha Mohau ||
There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion

|| Na Me Vai Mado Naiva Matsarya Bhavaha ||
I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation

|| Chidananda Rupa Shivo’ham Shivo’ham  ||
No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain

|| Na Mantro Na Tirtham Na Veda Na Yajnah ||
I am not the experienced nor the experience itself,

|| Chidananda Rupah Shivo’ham Shivo’ham ||
I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva.

|| Na Me Mrtyushanka Na Mejati Bhedaha ||
I have no fear of death, no caste or creed

|| Pita Naiva Me Naiva Mataa Na Janmaha ||
I have no father, no mother, for I was never born

|| Na Bandhur Na Mitram Gurur Naiva Shishyaha ||
I am not a relative nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student

|| Chidananda Rupah Shivo’ham Shivo’ham ||
I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva

|| Aham Nirvikalpo Nirakara Rupo ||
I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness

|| Vibhut Vetch Sarvatra Sarvendriyanam ||
I exist everywhere, pervading all senses

|| Na Cha Sangatham Naiva Muktir Na Meyaha ||
I am neither attached, neither free nor captive

|| Chidananda Rupah Shivo’ham Shivo’ham ||
I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva.

Benefit Of The Nirvana Shatakam Mantra

One can expect to have peace of mind, happiness, health, wealth and prosperity by chanting the Nirvana Shataka on a regular basis with full faith and devotion. 

When To Chant The Nirvana Shatakam?

This mantra is to be chanted early morning after taking bath and in front of idol or picture of Shiva. It is important to know the meaning and purpose.

Nirvana Shatakam is recommended for blissful consciousness.

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