Gita 101

Basics of Bhagvad Gita (Geeta, Bhagwad Gita)

Archive for the tag “self realization”

Who Am I?

Has this question been answered yet? Most philosophies and religions focus on this question. Nirvana-shatakam by Jagadguru Shankaracharya beautifully summarizes Bhagavad Gita’s response to this question. Here is the translation:

I am not mind, intellect, ego and the memory.
I am not the sense of organs (ears, tongue, nose, eyes and skin).
I am not the five elements ( sky or ether, earth, light or fire, wind and water).
I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am all auspiciousness.

I am not Prana (life energy) nor five vital airs (PanchVayu),
nor the seven essential material (sapta dhatu ) ,
nor the five sheaths of the body (pancha kosha ).
I am not the organ of speech, nor hand nor the leg,
nor the organs of procreation or the excretion (anus).
I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am all auspiciousness.

I have no hatred or dislike, neither greed nor liking, no delusion,
I have no pride, nor jealousy.
I have no duty to perform (dharma),
no desire for any wealth or pleasure (kama)
I have no liberation (moksha) either.
I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am all auspiciousness.

I have neither virtue, nor vice. nor pleasure or pain,
I do not need mantras (sacred chants), nor pilgrimages.
nor scriptures (Vedas), rituals or sacrifices (yajnas).
I am neither the enjoyed nor the enjoyer, nor enjoyment.
I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am all auspiciousness.

I have no fear of death, nor do I have death.
I have no doubt, nor do I belong to any caste.
I have no father or mother, I have no birth.
I have no relatives, nor friend, nor the guru, nor the disciple.
I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am all auspiciousness,

I am formless and devoid of all dualities
I exist everywhere and pervade all senses
Always I am the same, I am neither free nor bonded
I am supreme bliss and pure consciousness, I am all auspiciousness.

Note: Self or atma is always pure and spiritual and is beyond inert matter. It transcends all material attributes. It is eternal and has no birth and death. It is always full of bliss and therefore, beyond unhappiness. All kinds of impurities seen are in matter (mind and body) and self remains always pure. It is not the doer of any material activity and therefore, it has no duty. These are attributes of the self are from the Absolute perspective i.e. from the perspective of the Real.

(Translation Source: http://www.desitip.com/servlet/drenderer?sel=nirvanaShatakam)

Post Navigation