Brahma Jnaavali Mala – Adi Sankara

Brahma Jnanavali Mala – Adi Sankara

Brahma Jnanavali Mala is a precious gift offered by Sri Adi Sankaracharya to sincere spiritual seekers. Sri Adi Sankara describes the characteristics of one who has realized that he is Brahman, the Real Self. The aspirant for liberation is advised to meditate on these verses in order to attain to the same state.

भगवान श्री आदि शंकराचार्यकृत

ब्रह्मज्ञानावलीमाला

Bhagavan Sri Adi Sankaracharya’s Brahma Jnaavali Mala

Knowledge of the GREAT SELF (Brahman – ब्रह्मन्)

1. sakRt SravaNamAtreNa brahmajnAnam yato bhavet
brahmajnAnAvalImAlA sarveshAm mokshasiddhaye

सकृत श्रवणमात्रेण ब्रह्मज्ञानं यतो भवेत्‌ ।
ब्रह्मज्ञानावलीमाला सर्वेषां मोक्षसिद्धये ॥ १ ॥

The work entitled Brahma Jnanavali Maala, by hearing which just once, knowledge of Brahman (Blissful Self) is attained, which enables all to attain liberation.

2. asango’ham asango’ham asango’ham punah punah
saccidAnandarUpo’ham ahamevAham avyayah

असङगोऽहमसङगोऽहमसङजोऽहं पुनः पुनः ।
सच्चिदानन्दरुपोऽहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ २ ॥

Unattached am I, unattached am I, ever free from attachment of any kind; I am of the nature of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. I am the very Self, indestructible and ever unchanging.

3. nityaSuddhavimukto’ham nirAkAro’ham avyayah
bhUmAnandasvarUpo’ham ahamevAham avyayah

नित्यशुद्धविमुक्तोऽहं निराकारोऽमव्ययः ।
भूमानन्दस्वरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ ३ ॥

I am eternal, I am pure (free from the control of mAyA). I am ever liberated. I am formless, indestructible and changeless. I am of the nature of infinite bliss. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

4. nityo’ham niravadyo’ham nirAkAro’ham acyutah
paramAnandarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

नित्योऽहं निरवद्योऽहं निराकारोऽहमच्युतः ।
परमानन्दरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ ४ ॥

I am eternal, I am free from blemish, I am formless, I am indestructible and changeless. I am of the nature of supreme bliss. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

5. SuddhacaitanyarUpo’ham AtmArAmo’ham eva ca
akhaNDAnandarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

शुद्धचैतन्यरूपोहमात्मारामोऽहमेव च ।
अखण्डानन्दरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ ५ ॥

I am pure consciousness, I revel in my own Self. I am of the nature of indivisible (concentrated) bliss. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

6. pratyakcaitanyarUpo’ham Santo’ham prakRteh parah
SASvatAnandarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

प्रत्यक्वैतन्यरूपोऽहं शान्तोऽहं प्रकृतेः परः ।
शाश्वतानन्दरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ ६ ॥

I am the indwelling consciousness, I am calm (free from all agitation), I am beyond prakRti, I am of the nature of eternal bliss, I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

7. tattvAtItah parAtmAham madhyAtItah parah Sivah
mAyAtItah paramjyotih ahamevAhamavyayah

तत्वातीतः परात्माऽहं मध्यातीतः परः शिवः ।
मायातीतः परंज्योतिरहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ ७ ॥

I am the supreme Self, beyond all the categories (such as prakRti, mahat, ahankAra, etc.), I am the supreme auspicious One, beyond all those in the middle. I am beyond mAyA. I am the supreme light. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

8. nAnArUpavyatIto’ham cidAkAro’ham acyutah
sukharUpasvarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

नानारूपव्यतीतोऽहं चिदाकारोऽमच्युतः ।
सुखरूपस्वरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ ८ ॥

I am beyond all the different forms. I am of the nature of pure consciousness. I am never subject to decline. I am of the nature of bliss. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

9. mAyAtatkAryadehAdi mama nAstyeva sarvadA
svaprakASaikarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

मायातत्कार्यदेहादि मम नास्त्येव सर्वदा ।
स्वप्रकाशौकरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ ९ ॥

There is neither mAyA nor its effects such as the body for me. I am of the same unchanging nature and self-luminous. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

10. guNatrayavyatIto’ham brahmAdInAm ca sAkshyaham
anantAnandarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

गुणत्रयव्यतीतोऽहं ब्रह्मादीनां च साक्ष्यहम्‌ ।
अनन्तानन्दरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ १० ॥

I am beyond the three gunas-sattva, rajas, and tamas. I am the witness of even Brahma and others. I am of the nature of infinite bliss. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

11. antaryAmisvarUpo’ham kUTasthah sarvago’smyaham
paramAtmasvarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

अन्तर्यामिस्वरूपोऽहं कूटस्थः सर्वगोऽस्म्यहम्‌ ।
परमात्मस्वरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ ११ ॥

I am the inner controller, I am immutable, I am all-pervading. I am myself the supreme Self. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

12. nishkalo’ham nishkriyo’ham sarvAtmA Adyah sanAtanah
aparokshasvarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

निष्कमोऽहं निष्क्रियोऽहं सर्वार्माऽऽद्यः अनातनः ।
अपरोक्षस्वरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ १२ ॥

I am devoid of parts. I am actionless. I am the self of all. I am the primordial one. I am the ancient, eternal one. I am the directly intuited self. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

13. dvandvAdisAkshirUpo’ham acalo’ham sanAtanah
sarvasAkshisvarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

द्वन्द्वादिसाक्षिरूपोऽहमचलोऽहं सनातनः ।
सर्वसाक्षिस्वरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ १३ ॥

I am the witness of all pairs of opposites. I am immovable. I am eternal. I am the witness of everything. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

14. prajnAnaghana evAham vijnAnaghana eva ca
akartAham abhoktAham ahamevAhamavyayah

प्रज्ञानघन एवाहं विज्ञानघन एव च ।
अकर्ताहमभोक्ताहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ १४ ॥

I am a mass of awareness and of consciousness. I am not a doer nor an experiencer. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

15. nirAdhArasvarUpo’ham sarvAdhAroham eva ca
AptakAmasvarUpo’ham ahamevAhamavyayah

निराधारस्वरूपोऽहं सएवाधारोऽहमेव च ।
आप्तकामस्वरूपोऽहमहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ १५ ॥

I am without any support, and I am the support of all. I have no desires to be fulfilled. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

16. tApatrayavinirmukto dehatrayavilakshaNah
avasthAtrayasAkshyasmi cAhamevAhamavyayah

तापत्रयविनिर्मुक्तो देहत्रयविलक्षणः ।
अवस्थात्रयसाक्ष्यस्मि चाहमेवाहमव्ययः ॥ १६ ॥

I am free from the three kinds of afflictions – those in the body, those from other beings and those caused by higher powers. I am different from the gross, subtle and causal bodies. I am the witness of the three states of waking, dream and deep sleep. I am the very Self, indestructible and changeless.

17. dRg dRSyau dvau padArthau stah parasparavilakshaNau
dRg brahma dRSyam mAyeti sarvavedAntaDiNDimah

दृग्‌दृश्यौ द्वौ पदार्थो स्तः परस्परविलक्षणौ ।
दृग्‌ ब्रह्म द्र्रिश्यं मायेति सर्ववेदान्तडिण्डिमः ॥ १७ ॥

There are two things which are different from each other. They are the seer and the seen. The seer is Brahman and the seen is Maya. This is what all Vedanta proclaims.

18. aham sAkshIti yo vidyAt vivicyaivam punah punah
sa eva muktah so vidvAn iti vedAntaDiNDimah

अहं साक्षीति यो विद्याद्‌विविच्यैवं पुनः पुनः ।
स एव मुक्तः सो विद्वानिति वेदान्तडिण्दिमः ॥ १८ ॥

He who realizes after repeated contemplation that he is a mere witness, he alone is liberated. He is the enlightened one. This is proclaimed by Vedanta.

19. ghaTakuDyAdikam sarvam mRttikAmAtram eva ca
tadvad brahma jagat sarvam iti vedAntaDiNDimah

घटकुड्यादिकं सर्व मृत्तिकामात्रमेव च ।
तद्वद्‌ब्रह्म जगत्‌ सर्वमिति वेदान्तडिण्दिमः ॥ १९ ॥

The pot, wall, etc., are all nothing but clay. Likewise, the entire universe is nothing but Brahman. This is proclaimed by Vedanta.

20. brahma satyam jaganmithyA jIvo brahmaiva nAparah
anena vedyam sacchAstram iti vedAntaDiNDimah

ब्रह्म सत्यं जगन्मिथ्या जीवो ब्रह्मैव नापरः ।
अनेन वेद्यं सच्छास्त्रमिति वेदान्तडिण्डिमः ॥ २० ॥

Brahman is real, the universe is mithya (it cannot be categorized as either real or unreal). The jiva is Brahman itself and not different. This should be understood as the correct Sastra. This is proclaimed by Vedanta.

21. antarjyotirbahirjyotih pratyakjyotih parAtparah
jyotirjyotih svayamjyotih Atmajyotih Sivo’smyaham

अन्तर्ज्योतिर्बहिर्ज्योतिः प्रत्यग्ज्योतिः परात्परः ।
ज्योतिर्ज्योतिः स्वयंज्योतिरात्मज्योतिः शिवोऽस्म्यहम्‌ ॥ २१ ॥

I am the auspicious one, the inner light and the outer light, the indwelling light, higher than the highest, the light of all lights, self-luminous, the light that is the Self.

॥ ईति श्री आदिशंकरभगवत्‌पादकृ त ब्रह्मज्ञानावली सम्पूर्ण ॥

॥ ईति श्री आदिशंकराचार्यकृत ब्रह्मज्ञानावली सम्पूर्ण ॥

Thus Brahma Jnaavali rendered by Sri Adi Sankara Bhagavat Pada comes to a close.

Thus Brahma Jnaavali rendered by Sri Adi Sankaracharya comes to a close.

Originally translated by Shri S. N. Sastri
https://indiaspirituality.blogspot.com/2013/06/brahma-jnanavali-mala-by-shri-adi_26.html

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