Nirvana Shatakam


Two years back I attended an Inner Engineering program by Sadhguru in Mumbai.

The program gave me the opportunity to explore the basics of life, imparting practical wisdom to manage my body, mind, emotions, and the deep life energy within. It was the most wonderful 3 days that I invested in myself. It was here that I heard the Nirvana Shatakam, played by the Sounds of Isha –Sadhguru’s own group of musicians- for the first time. The fusion music with awesome drum beats was mesmerizing and I completely fell one with it. Since then it has become part of my daily worship. It calms me and helps me connect with my inner energy.

Nirvana Shatakam, composed by Adi Shankaracharya over a thousand years ago, is one of the most well known among Sanskrit chants.

The word ‘ Shiva’ literally means ‘that which is not’ or nothingness. Shiva is the Supreme Consciousness, and is also called Para brahmam (the highest Brahman” that which is beyond all descriptions and conceptualizations, which is formless, and that eternally pervades everything, everywhere in the universe and beyond). Shiva is one who is omnipotent, and has omnipresence.

This chant emphasizes on our true self as SatChitAnanda –ever existing, ever consciousness, ever bliss.

Nirvana Shatakam

mano buddhi ahankara chittani naaham
na cha shrotravjihve na cha ghraana netre
na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vaayuhu
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory,
I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes,
I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na cha prana sangyo na vai pancha vayuhu
na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshah
na vak pani-padam na chopastha payu
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am not the breath, nor the five elements,
I am not matter, nor the 5 sheaths of consciousness
Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau
na me vai mado naiva matsarya bhavaha
na dharmo na chartho na kamo na mokshaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion,
I know not pride or jealousy,
I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na punyam na papam na saukhyam na duhkham
na mantro na tirtham na veda na yajnah
aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain,
I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals,
I am not the experienced, nor the experience itself,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na me mrtyu shanka na mejati bhedaha
pita naiva me naiva mataa na janmaha
na bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I have no fear of death, no caste or creed,
I have no father, no mother, for I was never born,
I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
vibhut vatcha sarvatra sarvendriyanam
na cha sangatham naiva muktir na meyaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness,
I exist everywhere, pervading all senses,
I am neither attached, neither free nor captive,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…


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Music makes everything better.



They say music washes away the dust from a weary soul.

Have you ever turned to music to release stress? Whether it was listening to sad songs when you were feeling down or upbeat songs when you were feeling happy, music actually soothes your soul.

We use music for entertainment, expression, celebration, ceremony, leisure, and communication. Whether we are musically inclined or not, it is most likely the one thing that truly connects all humans from all cultures, creeds, and corners of the earth.

We play music at our weddings to celebrate love, and at funerals to say goodbye. We listen when we are bored, and dance to it when we want to have fun. We sing praises and worship our deities with it.

And sometimes, we also use music for healing. Music therapy is a recognized and accepted form of therapy.

Healing with sound dates back as far as ancient Greece.

Apollo was the god of both music and medicine (a strange, but viable combination).

Aesculapius was believed to cure mental disorders with songs.

The philosophers Plato and Aristotle both claimed that music affected the soul and the emotions.

Hippocrates played music for his patients, too.

In biblical times, instruments were used to vanquish evil spirits from human souls. Instances of sound healing therapy are limitless. Yet, it remains misunderstood.

And it has been proven that listening to music makes us more productive and creative; it can relieve tension and, depending on the sort of music, can improve our moods. This is because listening to music floods our brains with dopamine — the happy chemical. It also releases Oxycontin, a natural painkiller and hormone that allow us to bond with and trust people. Music stimulates so many parts of the brain as well as the emotions it can actually lower your blood pressure and heart rate

Music is powerful. It can change our brains, and so it changes our bodies.

Everyone has different taste when it comes to music, whatever is your preference, listen to it more. It can only help and heal you while you face the tough times we all eventually go through.

Humming, singing, chanting as you meditate, saying certain mantras or prayers, or even if you have an instrument you love to play, whenever  you are in need of a boost or a moment of relaxation, use music to your benefit.

Certain tools like singing bowls or wind chimes might be the most magical of all the sound therapy tools. Who of us is not amazed by the sound of them? Wind chimes might simply garden ornaments or decorations to most of us, but they go far back in time to India, China, and even Ancient Rome. Both are said to harmonize and maximize the flow of our “Chi” or life force. Since they require the natural element of air to sound them, they are also said to carry elemental power.

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Healing with sound is a vast subject that still requires much research to be fully understood.

Next time you need a “pick me up,” a boost, or even a vent, put your favourite playlist on. You will notice the change in your mood instantly.

But whatever the reason you listen to music, I hope it makes your heart sing.