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Ātmāṣaṭak

One of the many stotras (prayers) written by Ā i Śaṅkarācārya. It is a song of praise for the Ātman.

Ātmāṣaṭak

I am not the mind, intellegence, ego or the individualized conditioned consciouness. Nor am I the sense organs of hearing, tasting, smelling or seeing. Nor am I the (body formed of) five great elemnents viz.

earth, water, fire, air and space. I am the auspicious, blissful, unconditioned consciousness.

Ātmāṣaṭak

I am not prāṇa or its five divisions (known as prāṇa, apāna, vyāna, samāna and udāna). Nor am I the seven basic tissue elements (known as rasa, rakta, māṁsa, meda, asthi, majjā and śukra, which for the physical body).

Nor am I the five organs of action namely the hands, legs, mouth, anus and penis (which carry out the action of working, walking, speaking, excretion, and procreation).

I am the auspicious, blissful, unconditioned consciousness.

Ātmāṣaṭak

I do not have the abhorrence of anything, nor the obsession, nor the greed, not the delusion, nor the arrogance, nor the jealousy.

Nor is the need for me to pursue anymore, any of the puruṣārthas (objects of human life) namely the dharma (righteous behavior), artha (material prosperity), kāma

(sensuous enjoyment) and mokṣa (liberation); as I have now realized that I am nothing but the auspicious, blissful, unconditioned consciousness.

Ātmāṣaṭak

I am not affected by the merit and sin, nor the pleasure and pain. Nor is the need for me of mantra, pilgrimage, scriptures and sacrifice.

Nor am I the enjoyment, the thing enjoyed or the enjoyer. I have transcended all these things as I have realized that I am the auspicious, blissful, unconditioned consciousness.

Ātmāṣaṭak

I am not concerned by the fear of death nor by the differences arising out of caste distinctions. I have no father or mother as I am that which has no birth and no death..

Nor do I have any brothers, friends, guru or śiṣya. I am the auspicious, blissful, unconditioned consciousness.

Ātmāṣaṭak

I am beyond distinction and form. I am everywhere, in everything, in all that could be perceived and also in that apparatus which perceives.

I am all that is unchanging and unaffected by the time. I am the blissful, auspicious, unconditioned consciousness.

 

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