In this series of posts, we are contemplating the Nirvana Shatakam chant, one verse at a time. You can read the previous verses here: Verse 1 and Verse 2


Before you read further,
– Relax
– Deep breathe for a couple of minutes.
– Observe your breath for a bit.
– Then, try to keep a calm mind.
– Soulfully thank Adi Shankara Acharya for his wisdom.
– Recall his words in the previous verses:

  • You are beyond your mind and its faculties.
  • You are not restricted to your sensory perceptions.
  • You are not the five elements making up this body.
  • You are beyond your breath, your body’s energy flows, your physical body, and your body’s subtle layers.
  • You are beyond your instruments of action.
  • You are Shiva, the auspicious and liberated one.

– With that mindset, try to contemplate this verse. 


Verse 3:

न मे द्वेषरागौ न मे लोभमोहौ
मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्यभावः ।
न धर्मो न चार्थो न कामो न मोक्षः
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥३॥

na me dveṣarāgau na me lobhamohau
mado naiva me naiva mātsaryabhāvaḥ
na dharmo na cārtho na kāmo na mokṣaḥ
cidānandarūpaḥ śivo’ham śivo’ham ॥3॥

I am not my Dislikes or Likes,
Neither am I my Greed or Delusions.

I am not my Pride or Feelings of Envy,
Neither am I the Four Goals of Life.

My True Form is
My Happy Inner Self,
Because I am Shiva!
I am Shiva!



  • Four Goals of Life: They are known as Purushartha or Meaningful Pursuits of Human Life. Those are:
    • Dharma: In this context, Dharma means living a righteous life.
    • Artha: Generating wealth through righteous means.
    • Kaama: Working towards the relinquishment of reasonable desires.
    • Moksha: Walking the Path of Liberation.
  • Adi Shankara says he is beyond all four goals of life. It does not mean that he doesn’t pursue anything! It means he is not worried about the results of his pursuits, including the spiritual ones. He is just performing his actions with non-attachment.
  • Reminder: Shiva doesn’t mean Lord Shiva (Rudra) here. Shiva means the auspicious and liberated one.


You can read the next verse here: Verse 4