Atmastakam Shivoham Mantra

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Atmastakam Shivoham mantra, known as the “Chant of Shiva” or simply Atmastakam, is a longer mantra popular in the branch of Hinduism known as Shaivism, which worships Lord Shiva as the supreme deity.

This chant contains one of the primary mantras of Shaivism, the Soham Shivoham mantra (“I am That, I am pure consciousness”) and is thought to promote a deeper understanding of one's true nature, as well as a connection to the universal source (represented by Shiva).

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The name of this mantra comes from the Sanskrit atma, meaning the inner Self; satka, meaning “sixfold”; and Shivoham, meaning “I am Shiva.” The Atmastakam Shovoham mantra is composed of six verses and is believed to have been written in the eighth or ninth century by Hindu philosopher Adi Shankara. It promotes the philosophy of non-dualism (the oneness of the inner individual Self with the Ultimate Reality).

Also known as the Nirvanashatkam, the Chant of Shiva reflects this philosophy of non-dualism in its opening lines:

“I am not the mind, the intellect, thought, ego or form of supreme being. I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes. I am not the sky, earth, light or wind. I am consciousness and bliss. I am Shiva, I am Shiva.”

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