Tuesday, May 14, 2013

साक्षी नित्यः - Witness Eternal

 Jagadguru SrI Samkara bhagavadpAda AcArya's divya jayanti is tomorrow. (15th May 2013) In a great work called "sarva vEdAnta siddhAnta sAra samgraha" bhagavadpAda describes the true self experience of deep samadhi as follows:

नाहं देहो नाप्यसुर्नाक्षवर्गो नाहंकारो नो मनो नापि बुद्धिः |
अन्तस्तेषां चापि तद्विक्रियाणां साक्षी नित्यः प्रत्यगेवाहमस्मि ||८३५||

वाचः साक्षी प्राणवृत्तेश्च साक्षी बुद्धेः साक्षी बुद्धिवृत्तेश्च साक्षी |
चक्षुःश्रोत्रादीन्द्रियाणां च साक्षी साक्षी नित्यः प्रत्यगेवाहमस्मि ||८३६||

नाहं स्थूलो नापि सूक्ष्मो न दीर्घो नाहं बालो नो युवा नापि वृद्धः |
 नाहं काणो नापि मूको न षण्डः साक्षी नित्यः प्रत्यगेवाहमस्मि ||८३७||

नास्म्यागन्ता नापि गन्ता न हन्ता नाहं कर्ता न प्रयोक्ता न वक्ता |
 नाहं भोक्ता नो सुखी नैव दुःखी साक्षी नित्यः प्रत्यगेवाहमस्मि ||८३८||

नाहं योगी नो वियोगी न रागी नाहं क्रोधी नैव कामी न लोभी |
नाहं बद्धो नापि युक्तो न मुक्तः साक्षी नित्यः प्रत्यगेवाहमस्मि ||८३९||

नान्तःप्रज्ञो नो बहिःप्रज्ञको वा नैव प्रज्ञो नापि चाप्रज्ञ एषः |
नाहं श्रोता नापि मन्ता न बोद्धा साक्षी नित्यः प्रत्यगेवाहमस्मि ||८४०||

न मेऽस्ति देहेन्द्रियबुद्धियोगो न पुण्यलेशोऽपि न पापलेशः |
क्षुधापिपासादिषडूर्मिदूरः सदा विमुक्तोऽस्मि चिदेव केवलः ||८४१||

अपाणिपादोऽहमवागचक्षुषी अप्राण एवास्म्यमना ह्यबुद्धिः |
व्योमेव पूर्णोऽस्मि विनिर्मलोऽस्मि सदैकरूपोऽस्मि चिदेव केवलः ||८४२||

The complete work can be found here: 
http://sanskritdocuments.org/all_sa/ved_sa.html

My notes:  (rather a rough translation in to English)
I am not the body, not senses, not the ego, not the mind, not intellect, nor their effects internal or external. I am the eternal witness distinct from all these.

I am the witness of speech, witness of vital forces, witness of intellect, witness of intellectual activity, witness of mind, witness of mental activity, witness of all senses. Witness I am, distinct from all of them always.

I am not gross, not subtle, not long; I am not a child, not youth nor old; I am not blind, not dumb, nor impotent. Always been a distinct witness I am.

I am not the one who is not moving, nor the one who is moving, nor the one who is killing; I am not the doer, not the enjoyer,  nor the speaker. I am not the happier one nor the miserable one. I am always been the witness distinct from all these.

I am not yOgi, not detached, nor attached; I am not angry, not desirous, nor possessive. I am neither bound, nor striving for release, nor unbound. I am the witness ever distinct and independent.

I am not the internal illumination (of dream), nor the external illumination (of waking), not illumination nor darkness (of deep sleep); I am not the listener, not the thinker, nor the knower/understander. Ever distinct observer I am always.

In me body, senses, intellect or yoga do not exist; In me there are no traces of virtue, nor even the vice; I am far away from the hunger, thirst etc., always been free unattached consciousness I am.

I have no limbs like hands and legs, I have no faculty like speech nor vision; I have no vital force, no mind, no intellect. I am ever fulfilled like space and ever untouched by any of these! I am ever existent form of consciousness alone!

That is what I am - my true Identity. Let the grace of BhagavadpAda be on one and all... 

"Jaya Jaya Sankara! hara hara Sankara!!"

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