Sunday, April 8, 2012

Advaita Vedanta Song for Enlightenment - Nirvana Shatakam

During the intense yoga course in July 2011 at the Parmarth Niketam ashram in Rishikesh, I came across a profound and amazing Hindu sloka (song) in Sanskrit. It is called Nirvana Shatakam (also known as Nirvana Shatkam, Atma Shatkam or Shivoham). I was struck by the power of its words, so much truth in each stanza. The first time I heard it I immediately thought with excitement, “this is pure Advaita Vedanta philosophy! a song for enlightenment”. Chanting it made me shed a tear and I even felt goose bumps appear on my skin.