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Sanskrit Verse

अहं निर्विकल्पो निराकाररूपो

विभुत्वाच्च सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम्

चासङ्गतं नैव मुक्तिर्न मेयः

चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥६॥

English Transliteration

Aham Nirvikalpo Niraakaara-Ruupo

Vibhu-Tvaacca Sarvatra Sarve[a-I]ndriyaannaam |

Na Caa-Sanggatam Naiva Muktirna Meyah

Cid-aananda-ruupah Shivo[a-A]ham Shivo[a-A]ham ||6||

Meaning of the Sanskrit Words

निर्विकल्पो (Nirvikalpo): Without any Variation

निराकाररूपो (Niraakaara-Ruupo): Nature of Formless

रूप (Ruupa) = Form, Nature

विभुत्वाच्च (Vibhu-Tvaacca): Existing as the substratum

विभू (Vibhuu) = Existing

त्वच् (Tvac) = Cover

सर्वत्र (Sarvatra): Everywhere

सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम् (Sarva-Indriyaannaam): Everyone’s Sense Organs

सर्व (Sarva) = All

इन्द्रिय (Indriya) = Sense Organ

चासङ्गतं (Ca-Aasanggatam): And Attachment

च (Ca) = And

आसङ्ग (Aasangga) = Clinging, Attachment

मुक्तिर्न (Muktirna): Neither Freedom

मुक्ति (Mukti) = Freedom, Liberation

न (Na) = Not

मेयः (Meyah): Measurable

चिदानन्दरूपः (Cid-Aananda-Ruupah): Nature of Blissful Consciousness

चित् (Cit) = Consciousness

आनन्द (Aananda) = Bliss

रूप (Ruupa) = Nature

शिवोऽहम् (Shiva-Aham): I am Shiva, the Blissful Consciousness

शिव (Shiva) = signifying Consciouness

अहम् (Aham) = I

Meaning of the Verse

6.1: I am Without any Variation, and Without any Form,

6.2: I am Present Everywhere as the underlying Substratum of everything, and behind all Sense Organs,

6.3: Neither do I get Attached to anything, nor get Freed from anything,

6.4: I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva, The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness

6. I have neither dualities nor shape or form; I am present everywhere (omnipresent) and pervade all the senses; I am always equanimous; I am neither liberation nor bondage; I am of the nature of Pure Consciousness-Bliss-Absolute, I am Shiva, I am (verily) Shiva.

Meaning in Tamil

வரையில்லோன் வடிவமுமில்லோன் யான்

உட்கூறென நீக்கமற நிறை ஐந்தவித்தோன் யான்

பற்றேதும் எனக்கில்லை வீடுபேறேதுமெனக்கில்லை

உள்உணர்வின் பேரின்ப வடிவான சிவமே யான் சிவமே யான்


  1. Comments received thro WhatsApp

    One could argue that the entire substance of the shatakam is Shivoham Shivoham. Implying you and I nothing but the eternal consciousness- a wave in the ocean. A wave might not understand how immense the ocean is but however “ordinary “ it is, it is still the ocean isn’t it? And so I suggest refrain from calling any piece of the consciousness ordinary 🤪


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