Submitted / Updated On: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 | Written By: Adi Shankaracharya | Hits since Feb 1, 2014: 30004

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Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD undertook to revive the Vedantic interpretation of Hindu scripture in order to wean people away from elaborate Karmakand rituals. He roamed through the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent and debated countless religious leaders. He was remarkably successful in his aim. Credit goes to him for reviving the vedantic philosophy in an era where people were gradually forgetting this epitome of Indian thought. Here is a very famous six stanza poem he wrote to explain the true nature of Man as Nirguna Brahma. This Nirvana Shatakam is in very simple Sanskrit and is in a perfect meter for singing. Please read it along with its Hindi translation. Translation is by Dr. Veerbala– Rajiv Krishna Saxena
Keywords: Moksha, liberation, Vedanta, Self, truth, Shankara, Sanskrit, Indian philosophy