Hindu scriptures

Shiva sutram


Shiva sutram: English translation

Section 1
Shambhava Upaya

1. Pure consciousness, (which has absolute freedom in knowledge and action) is the nature of Reality.

2. Limited knowledge is the reason for the connectedness (fetters) of the empirical (perceived) self.

3. Maya (power of illusion) and related substances that form the source of the world; whose form is the activity through which worldly life is realized is also the cause of connectedness.

4. The letters of the alphabet (Sanskrit) from A अ to Ksh क्ष are the basis of limited knowledge.

5. The sudden manifestation of transcendental consciousness is Bhairava (the Supreme Reality, which contains the whole world in Himself).

6. By connecting through meditation with a combination of forces, the universe ceases to exist as something separate from consciousness.

7. In the various states of consciousness: wakefulness, dream with dreams, and deep sleep without dreams, there is the bliss of the fourth state.

8. Wakefulness (jagrat) – this is knowledge obtained through direct contact with the outside world.

9. Dream with dreams (svapna) – this is mental activity, carried out without direct contact with the outside world.

10. Deep sleep without dreams (sushupti) is the inability to distinguish (ie loss of consciousness), due to the power of illusion.

11. He who enjoys these three states is the Lord of the senses.

12. The steps of yoga amaze. 

13. The willpower of a yoga is Uma (radiance, Shiva energy), which is Kumari (unmarried girl)  .

14. All internal and external phenomena are perceived by the yogi as his own body.

15. When the mind is connected to the heart (ie, the core of consciousness), any observed phenomena and even emptiness are perceived as forms of consciousness.

16. In one who is constantly aware of the Pure Essence (ie Absolute Consciousness), there are no binding forces.

17. The intuitive awareness of “I am Shiva” – forms the knowledge of my essence.

18. The bliss that a yogi experiences, being in his nature knowing the world (including the subject and object) is the ecstasy of samadhi.

19. Connected with willpower is able to create a body of any kind at will.

20. Other supernatural powers of yoga: the ability to connect elements, the ability to separate elements, the ability to know from which elements and how the universe is formed.

21. Pure knowledge gives possession of all forces.

22. Through connection with the Great Lake of Divine Power, the source of all mantras (i.e., Higher Self-Consciousness) is experienced.

Section II
Shakta Upaya

1. The mind is a mantra.

2. The zealous and natural application brings the achievement of unity of the contemplator of the mantra and the Divine abiding in it.

3. The radiant being of Perfect Self-Consciousness, identical with the cosmos, abiding in a multitude of words, whose essence is knowledge of higher non-dualism – this is the secret of the mantra.

4. Ordinary knowledge, which is formed through the mind in the sphere of Maya, is like a dream.

5. With the manifestation of spontaneous, natural higher knowledge, movement is observed in an unlimited space of consciousness, which is the state of Shiva, ie Higher State of Reality.

6. Only a Guru who has achieved self-realization can help a student to achieve this.

7. With the help of a guru, knowledge of letter groups is achieved.

8. For a yoga body becomes a sacrifice burned in the fire of higher Consciousness. Then the body becomes a shell. 

9. Knowledge is food.

10. When hiding Pure knowledge, all kinds of mental constructions arise from it.

Section III
Anava Upaya

1. The individual soul (Atma) is a substance of consciousness (chitta).

2. Knowledge born of the mind is the source of connectedness (jnana bandha).

3. The non-discrimination of tattvas (such as kalaa, etc.) is Maya.

4. The dissolution of various tattvas in the body (gross, subtle and causal) should be practiced through meditation.

5. The dissolution of the flow of prana (flowing in the channels) in sushumna (the middle channel), control over the elements, distraction of the mind from the elements, separation from the elements is carried out by the yogi through meditation.

6. Supernatural forces are a cover cast by ignorance.

7. By means of an all-encompassing victory over maya, power comes over natural innate knowledge.

8. In one who is truly awake (that is, one who is always connected with Shakti) the world manifests itself as the radiance of its light.

9. The soul of one who has realized his essential spiritual nature is only an actor on the stage of the world.

10. The inner soul (that is, the subtle and causal aspects of the soul) is a scene.

11. The senses of the yogi – the audience of his game.

12. Through higher spiritual intuition, awareness of the light of the internal nature of the soul takes place (just as an actor depicts mental states through his talent.

13. Absolute freedom is achieved (in cognition and action).

14. Just as a yogi can exercise freedom in his own body, he can exercise it everywhere.

15. He must pay full attention to the active Light of Consciousness (ie the Higher Shakti), the source of peace, the seed of freedom, knowledge and bliss in the soul.

16. Affirmed in the higher power of the Divine Shakti, he easily enters the ocean of bliss and immortality.

17. He can create forms thanks to the creative aspect of Consciousness in which he abides.

18. As long as Pure Knowledge is present, there is no possibility of another birth.

19. Maheshwari and other deities, who have their own field of activity in the Ka group and other groups of letters and are the mothers of limited creatures, become their governing deities.

20. The fourth state of consciousness should flow as a continuous stream of oil in three states (wakefulness, sleep and deep sleep).

21. It is necessary to immerse yourself in it, realizing the inner “I” without mental constructions

22. When prana yoga moves properly, then he has the awareness of the identity of all things, i.e. consciousness of unity.

23. In the intermediate stages, lower states of consciousness arise.

24. When the actual Self-Consciousness is connected with objects, the transcendental state of consciousness (which was previously lost) reappears.

25. Such a yogi becomes like Shiva.

26. Staying in the body itself is for him the fulfillment of pious actions.

27. Even his usual conversation is for him a prayer (repetition of a mantra).

28. Knowing one’s essence is a gift that he gives to others.

29. One who has power over forces is indeed the vehicle of wisdom.

30. The universe is a manifestation of its power.

31. The maintenance of the manifested state and its absorption are also manifestations of its strength.

32. In the interval between the maintenance and dissolution of the world, observed after each other, there should not be a gap in the consciousness of a yogi, because he is an eternal, unchanging subject.

33. The yogi sees pleasure and pain as something external.

34. Being completely free from the influence of pleasure and pain, he remains fully affirmed in his true self, that is, in pure Consciousness.

35. But he who is in error is involved in good and evil deeds.

36. When the feeling of difference disappears, the yogi has the ability to create various living and non-living objects.

37. It is possible to realize the ability to create on the basis of personal experience.

38. Three states must be revived by one basic, which is the Absolute Power, full of creative bliss.

39. Just like the state of mind, the body, sense organs and external things must be enlivened by the bliss of the transcendental state.

40. When there is a desire, there is an outward orientation of an empirical individuality, which moves from one form of existence to another.

41. For a yogi, whose consciousness is fully affirmed in the fourth (transcendental) state, the state of empirical personality ceases with the cessation of desire.

42. When desire ceased, he uses a body consisting of gross elements only as a cover, and he becomes completely free and perfect as Shiva, the perfect Reality.

43. The connection of prana (universal life force) with the body is natural.

44. In all channels: left, right and central, there is prana shakti. Through the constant practice of awareness of Reality at the center of that abode of prana, this awareness is present in all circumstances and in all conditions.

45. Such a yogi realizes the divine again and again, inside and out.


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