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The Ten Versed Hymn

The Ten Versed Hymn

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The Ten Versed Hymn is by Sri Sankaracharya from his book, Select Works of Sri Sankaracharya...
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The Ten Versed Hymn

By Sri Sankaracharya
(from his book, Select Works of Sri Sankaracharya)

Copyright © 2011 iBooks Publishing , division of Healing Art & Design INC.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I am neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor

air, nor ether, nor sensory organ, nor the
conglomeration of all these; for, all these are transient. I am He that alone remains in deep sleep, the second-less, uncontradictable, attribute-less Bliss (Ṣiva).

I am neither castes, nor the rules of caste,

society and custom, nor for me are
concentration, meditation, Yoga and other practices; for all this illusion of "I" and "mine" is-rooted in the not-self and is therefore dispell-able by the knowledge of

the self. I am therefore the second-less, uncontradictable, attribute-less Bliss (Ṣiva).

I am neither mother, nor father, nor the

gods, nor the worlds, nor the Vedas, nor
sacrifices, nor any holy place; for, in deep sleep I am [identical with Brahman which however is] not absolute non-existence. I am therefore the second-less, un-

contradictable attribute-less Bliss (Ṣiva).

Neither the Sânkhya doctrine, nor the

Ṣaiva, nor the Pâncharâtra, not the Jaina,
nor the Mîmâmsaka, nor any other, holds good. For, by special realisation it is revealed that my nature is absolutely pure. I am therefore the second-less, un-

contradictable, attribute-less Bliss (Ṣiva).

I am neither above, nor below, nor inside,

nor outside, nor middle, nor across, nor
before, nor behind; for I am indivisible and one by nature and am all-pervading like space. I am therefore the second-less, uncontradictable, attribute-less Bliss (Ṣiva).

I am neither white, nor black, nor red, nor

yellow, nor bent, nor stout, nor short, nor
tall, nor even formless; for, I am of the nature of self-resplendent consciousness. I am therefore the second-less, uncontradictable, attribute-less Bliss (Ṣiva).

There is neither teacher, nor science, nor

pupil, nor teaching, nor you (the hearer),
nor I (the speaker), nor this empirical universe; for, I am the consciousness of the reality, which does not admit of differentiation. I am therefore the second-

less, un-contradictable, attribute-less Bliss
(Ṣiva).

For me there is neither waking nor dream

nor deep sleep, nor am I the self
conditioned by any of these three states (viṣva, taijasa or prâjṇa); for, all these are of the nature of nescience, but I am the fourth beyond these three. I am therefore

the second-less, un-contradictable,
attribute-less Bliss (Ṣiva).

All this universe, being other than the Self,

is unreal; for, the Self alone is all-inclusive,
constitutes the ultimate goal and is selfestablished and self-dependent. I am therefore the second-less, uncontradictable, attribute-less Bliss (Ṣiva).

It cannot even be said that It is One. How

then can there be a second, other than
that? There is neither absoluteness nor non-absoluteness, neither non-entity nor entity; for it is absolutely non-dual in its nature. How then can I describe that which

is established by all the Vedântas!

|| Thus ends The Ten Versed Hymn||

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