Friday, June 25, 2010

The Tenfold Verse about Enlightenment

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These verses deal with the Absolute Self. Written by the ace philosopher, Sankara, these verses are the verses of Enlightenment, the Voice of the Self that It is the Sole Witness Consciousness which transcends the triune states - waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep.

Na Bhoomir na Thoyam na Thejo na Vayu,
Na Kham Nendriyam vaa na Thesham samooha,
Anaikanthikathwath Sushupthyeka Siddha,
Thadekovasishta Shiva Kevaloham.


Earth and water I am not
Neither wind nor light
Not ether nor the organs of sense
I am not a combination of these
Because they are only relatively real
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, I am

Na varna, na Varnasramachara Dharma,
Na me dharana Dhyana Yogadhayopi,
Anathmasrayo aham Mamadhya Sahanath,
Thadekovasishta Shiva Kevaloham.


I am not the Caste rules, nor caste itself
I am not the Stages Four of Life
I dont personify rules nor just conduct
Meditation I am not nor Yoga
They are illusory before Self
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, am I

Na matha pitha vaa na Deva na Loka,
Na veda na yagna na Theertham Bruvanthi,
Sushupthou nirasthadhi Shoonyath Makathwath,
Thadekovasishta Shiva Kevaloham


Mother and father are not me
Neither Earth nor Heaven
Not the Vedas me, nor the sacrifice of Fire
Nor the holy waters
Which they say exist in dreamless sleep
Void also is not in sleep
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, I am

Na Sankhyam na Saivam na Thath Pancha Rathram,
Na Jainam, na Meemamskader Matham vaa,
Visishtanubhoothya Vishudhath maka Thwath,
Thadekovasishta Shiva Kevaloham.


I am not the wisdom of Sankhya
Nor the path of Shaiva
Pancha Ratra principle I am not
Nor Jainism personified
I am not Vedanta, I am not Karma
Self alone is Absolute Realtiy
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, am I

Na shuklam na krishnam na Raktham na Peetham,
Na Peenam na Kubjam na Hruswam na Deergam,
Na roopam thadajyothir akara thathvath
Tade kova shishtah Shiva Kevaloham

White nor black, Red nor yellow
I am not !
Large or thin not I am
Neither tall nor short
Formless, beyond all shapes
I am the essence of Light !
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, am I

Na jagranna me swapnako vaa sushupthi,
Ne viswo na vaa thaijasa pragnako vaa,
Avidhyathmakathwath trayanam thureeyam,
Thadekovasishta Shiva Kevaloham.


The relative states triune
Waking, dreaming & dreamless sleep I am not
Earthly feelings I am not
Nor the exalted feelings in dreams
The feelings of wakefulness in sleep
I am not, as these are Nescience
The Fourth, Transcendence, am I
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, am I

Na sastha na sasthram na Sishyo na Siksha,
Na cha thwam, na cha aham na cha Ayam Prapancha,
Swaroopavabadhadhi vikalapa sahishnu,
Thadekovasishta Shiva Kevaloham.


The Origin of Knowledge I am not
Nor Encyclopedia itself
I am neither Teacher nor disciple
I am not this world
Nor you nor me
Inner Realisation is something else
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, am I

Na chordhwam na chadho na cha Andhar na bahyam,
Na madhyam na thiryang na poorva paraddik,
Viyad vyapakathwath Akandaika Roopa,
Thadekovasishta Shiva kevaloham.


I am neither Below nor Above
I am not Inside or Outside
Middle I am not, nor across
Neither the west nor east
In pervade everywhere
Like ether omnipresent
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, am I

Api vyapakathwadhi Thathwa prayogath,
Swatha sidha Bhavananya Ashrayathwath,
Jagat thuchamethath Samastham Thadanya,
Thadekovasishta Shiva Kevaloham.


Goal oriented, all pervasive
Depending on its own nature
Than anything external
World appears ephemeral
Different as it is from Self
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, am I

Na chaikam thadanyath Dwitheeyam kutha syath,
Na chaa kevalathwam na vaa kevalathwam,
Na soonyam na chaa soonyamadvaidhakathwath,
Kadam sarva vedhatham sidham braveemi


Unique nor not unique It is not
Vaccum or different thing it again is not
The Essence of Non-dual Reality
Can it be defined ?
Which is established by Wisdom
That which remains after Negation
That Consciousness, Absolute Self, am I
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