Little Gypsy Witch

Song of the Soul

In Activism, Charity, children, Teaching English, Thailand, Volunteer, Volunteerism on November 9, 2011 at 1:59 am

One month in Pai has me speechless, word-less, but- absolutely overflowing with  Gratitude. I can barely articulate how I am growing here and what longs to be expressed so, when I picked up this book and read these words I cried. I found something that spoke to me. It has aided in helping me translate my feelings. It resonated so deeply and I had to share…

Atma Shatakam (Song of the Soul)
by Ādi Śaṅkarācārya

I am neither ego nor reason, I am neither mind nor thought,
I cannot be heard nor cast into words, nor by smell nor sight ever caught:
In light and wind I am not found, nor yet in earth and sky –
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no name, I have no life, I breathe no vital air,
No elements have moulded me, no bodily sheath is my lair:
I have no speech, no hands and feet, nor means of evolution –
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss in dissolution.

I cast aside hatred and passion, I conquered delusion and greed;
No touch of pride caressed me, so envy never did breed:
Beyond all faiths, past reach of wealth, past freedom, past desire,
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is my attire.

Virtue and vice, or pleasure and pain are not my heritage,
Nor sacred texts, nor offerings, nor prayer, nor pilgrimage:
I am neither food, nor eating, nor yet the eater am I –
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.

I have no misgiving of death, no chasms of race divide me,
No parent ever called me child, no bond of birth ever tied me:
I am neither disciple nor master, I have no kin, no friend –
Consciousness and joy am I, and merging in Bliss is my end.

Neither knowable, knowledge, nor knower am I, formless is my form,
I dwell within the senses but they are not my home:
Ever serenely balanced, I am neither free nor bound –
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is where I’m found.

The concept of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualistic philosophy)rendered in Iyengar (1966: p.53)

  1. Words may fall short when attempting to capture a sense of the divine self. It is always remarkable when they are structured in a certain pattern, they can reveal all that their is…..TRURTH. Thank you for sharing these words.
    Much Love and Light,
    Carolyn x

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