stain, Indestructible, the totally serene,
The knowledge transcending all objects,
Beyond the pale of thought, conception and
That [Supreme] I am no doubt about
8. That Supreme Divinity, Shiva, indeed am
Of the nature of all the mantras,
And transcending all the mantras,
Devoid of dissolution and creation.
9. What is visible, what is invisible, the
moving and the stationary
All these are pervaded by Me.
I am the Lord of this universe.
All shine because of Me.
with a variety of forms, one different from the
Filled with a galaxy of worlds,
All this universe, from Shiva down to the
Are all established in Me.
11. Whatever is seen in this world,
Whatever is heard in this world,
Whatever shines, conceptualised as inside and
All these are pervaded by Me, the all-pervading
12. Though considering himself the Self,
He desires to attain that Shiva, the Supreme Self,
as one apart.
Whoever contemplates on Shiva, thus in
Will not attain Shivahood by such contemplation
is other than I; I am other than Shiva"
Uproot this attitude of differentiation.
"I indeed am Shiva"
This conviction that is non-dual, ever
14. Full of this non-dual conviction,
He who, everywhere, abides ever in the Self,
Shall see, in all things, in all bodies,
Only that Shiva-Self of this, there is no
15. Whoever has this conviction always, of
the One Self,
Shall rid himself of delusion, and dual
That yogi will attain to Omniscience
So it is said in the Vedas. This you should
16. He who is praised in all scriptures
As the Unborn, the Ishwara,
That formless and attributeless Self,
He indeed am I there is no doubt about
17. Only he who does not know his true
Is the jiva that is subject to the dharmas
[characteristics] of birth, death, and so
He who knows his true Self is one who is
He is the pure, He is Shiva. Without doubt, know
18. Hence, what men of discrimination should
And directly realise is the Self;
That Itself shines twofold,
As the Transcendental and the inferior divisions,
the gross and the subtle.
19. The Supreme Nirvana is the Higher,
The inferior is manifest as the creation,
Mantras are spoken of as its gross form,
What abides in changeless Awareness is the
20. Shanmukha! Without realising It
What avails explanations thereof in endless ways?
All these are only a wonderful display of
The cause for the delusion of the mind.
the dharmas [qualities] abide in the
Whichever of them the individual self
Whereby he concentrates his thoughts again and
again on it,
He will attain that object there is no doubt
22. Thus has been told by Me as the
knowledge of the Self
What has been gathered succinctly in a condensed
All, by any means, is of the nature of the
Realising this, may you ever be strengthened in the
thoughts of the Self.
23. The deities, the Vedas, the fire
The various gifts to priests in the course of their
None of this exists there [in the nature of the
Be tuned to the blemishless, omni-faceted,
steadfast knowledge of the Self.
24. To the jiva drowning in the vast ocean
of the birth-death cycle,
And seeking a refuge,
What affords refuge is only that knowledge of the
Not anything else know this.
25. He who becomes of the nature of the
And realises It as It really is,
Shall, though experiencing all changing states,
Attain liberation without effort be aware of
26. There is no greater blessing
Apart from the gaining of the Self.
Meditate ever on the Self. He, who is the Self,
He indeed is the one all-pervasive Supreme Self
be aware of this.
27. It is not the prana [vital air]
nor the apana [the air that travels down]
Nor the instruments superior even to these, the
senses, mind and such.
Reach ever for the thought of the Self.
That is the Omniscient and the Perfect.
28. It is neither inside nor outside,
Not afar, nor nearby, nor does It fit in any
That Supreme is formless, all-pervasive and
Direct your thoughts ever to It.
29. It is across, above, and below,
Inside and outside, which are divisions, ever
established firmly everywhere
The Void, the self-luminous Self.
Ever meditate on That more and more.
30. Not a void, not a non-void,
It is also the non-void, and the Void,
Pervasive everywhere, but without predilections
Ever think of this Self.
31. Afflictionless, and without any support
Bereft of caste, name, and form
That taintless, attributeless Self
You should unceasingly meditate upon.
32. With no refuge, with nothing to support
Beyond the range of comprehension, without
Faultless by nature, the Eternal
The Self that is so, meditate upon it joyfully,
33. Embracing dispassion and thus desisting
from all karmic activity,
Shying away from society,
One should, thereafter, ever meditate upon
The Self within oneself, in oneself, by oneself
be aware of this.
34. Country and lineage, the traditional
castes and style of life,
Effacing various thoughts arising in the wake of
The wise man should meditate daily,
Upon his [real] nature.
35. "This is the mantra", "This is the
"This is indeed what is called meditation",
"This indeed is tapas"
Casting afar all such thoughts,
Concentrate on the nature of your own Self.
36. The Self is without thought.
Make it impossible for the thought-oriented
[mind] to think at all.
Make the mind that thinks, to get settled on the
Let not the mind think of anything else.
37. The Self is not something that can be
Nor is It something that cannot be thought of.
It is not thought itself,
It is indeed Itself thought
What does not lean towards any of the above,
The Supreme that is the Self, ever meditate upon
38. Meditate ever on That
Which is beyond the reach of the mind,
Allowing no refuge for the mind.
The joy that is attained in abundance in that
That is beyond all verities and complete.
39. Without any differences, and beyond the
reach of thinking,
Without any precedent, without anything
That which is the utmost frontier and extolled as
the Supreme bliss,
Be immersed in It.
40. Discarding all desire for objects,
Destroying the modes of the mind,
The non-dual state of being the One,
When the mind ceases to be,
Is the one called Supreme bliss.
41. All directions, all places, all
Are conducive for the Yoga of the Self, so say the
Differences of castes and orders of life and
Cannot cause any differences in the least to the
nature of knowledge.
42. The colour of milk is one, the colours
of the cows many,
So is the nature of knowledge, observe the wise
Beings of various marks and attributes,
Are like the cows, their realisation is the
This is an example we should know.
43. Reality [Brahman] intimately
It shines with faces in all directions.
Established in It without a pause,
Think not of differences such as regions and
44. In this world itself, there is no mark,
lifestyle, or tradition,
For the one who becomes of the nature of the
He has nothing to gain by any action of his; no
action need he perform,
Nor any injunctions prescribing actions apply to
him know this.
45. Moving or standing or sleeping,
Waking or taking food or water,
In the face of the wind, the cold and the sun,
Unaffected will he be, in any state, at any
46. Fear, indigence, sickness, burning
Even when all these affect,
One established in the Self,
Peaceful and shining full,
He is never at his wits end on any count; he
will savour the satisfaction of the
Whether going forward or returning, I am not the
one that moves.
When enquired into, there is no going or
In the ever-changing dharma of prakrti, the cause
of illusive creation,
I never was immersed, nor am I now.
48. All activities prescribed are the work
of prakrti, the illusion.
Prakrti, so spoken of, is the Source of all
"I am the immaculate", "I am the actionless", thus
indeed will reflect
The wise man, the knower of Truth.
49. For him there is no bondage of prakrti,
He has earned the name of the liberated one.
He shall never be touched by the defects
Spoken of as the action of prakrti.
50. The manner in which a lamp shines,
Destroying darkness with its light in like
By destroying the enveloping darkness, arising from
The Self, of the nature of the pure light of
51. Even as the lamp, with the fuel of ghee
spent, attains peace,
The yogi, continuously contemplating on the Truth
of the Self,
Will be at peace in the Self.
Nothing greater is there to be attained than the
Self this is the Truth.
52. When the pot is carried, the space
within the pot,
Though conceived of as carried,
Is it not the pot only that is carried?
The Self too, like space, remains motionless.
53. When the pot breaks, the space in the
Merges one with the great Space.
When the inert body passes away, the Self,
seemingly in the body,
Becomes immediately one with the Supreme Self.
54. Thus, the Lord who is Omniscient
Spoke with authority then:
"One who is liberated, severed from all
Becomes all-pervasive, endless,
With Absolute Awareness."
55. Discarding totally all the agamas,
Attaining the pure samadhi of Atma Yoga,
Realising, by due enquiry, there is nothing else
greater than This,
Destroy all wrong ideas, in the mind, of
56. Meditating continuously on the great
That yogi who attains ever the bodiless nature,
That pure jnani whose dharma is the dharma of That
[bodiless nature] alone,
Is the liberated one, shining inside and out,
reaching across to every place.
57. Omniscience and bliss, and mature
Remaining independent, limitless strength
Attaining all these, He shines ever, the Self
With an immaculate body, He, as the Self, merges in
58. Japa of the name, worship, bathing in
holy waters, ritual sacrifices,
None of these or others are needed.
The fruits of dharma and adharma,
Water oblations to forefathers,
None of these are for him.
59. No injunctions for observance, no
Nothing required by way of getting into or out of
No vows of celibacy for him, know this.
60. Not having any recourse to falling into
the fire or water,
Or falling from the mountain top,
Enjoy the feast of the knowledge of Shiva, Eternal
Rid of the rules applying to all creation, move
about as you please.
61. I tell you this is the Truth, the Truth,
the Truth, thrice over.
There is nothing greater than This,
Nothing greater is there to be known,
Nothing at all, nowhere ever.
62. Rid of any blemish, rid of ignorance,
with pure intellect, being the pure Self,
By the pure conviction that all that is seen is
Meditating on the immaculate nature,
He shall attain Awareness.