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What does Shivoham mean

Shivjyoti Puri | 04 August, 2017 | 28 Comments


“Shivoham” means “I am Shiva”

A mantra which reminds us of our oneness with the absolute, the transcendent, the ultimate reality - the truth. 

The nature of Shiva is acceptance, you may believe whatever you want, do whatever you like but so long as you have devotion and love in your heart you will merge, when the time is ripe into oneness, that is free from suffering and pain. 

Repeating Shivoham Shivoham mantra creates a powerful and positive vibration which can bring about lasting transformation in your life. You can experience a state of detachment and the feeling of being free. This is the ultimate happiness, to see the changing nature of the world and to flow through it, untouched. 

Such ancient Sanskrit mantras have been given so we may experience our real nature, they create a vibration in our body, mind, consciousness and environment which lifts our thoughts and thus our possibilities above the mundane. 

When we repeat Shivoham we are saying ‘I am eternal. I am pure. I am intelligent. I am free, I am unbounded consciousness”. I chose this name, by divine inspiration because it represents our true eternal nature, the source and the goal that exists always.


Nirvana Shatkam
Summarising the Advaita teaching of Non-Dualism
"Nirvāṇa"is complete equanimity, peace, tranquility, freedom and joy.
 "Ātma"is the True Self.
mano buddhi ahankara chittani naaham
na cha shrotravjihve na cha ghraana netre
na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vaayuhu
chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham
I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory,
I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes,
I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…
na cha prana sangyo na vai pancha vayuhu
na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshah
na vak pani-padam na chopastha payu
chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham
I am not the breath, nor the five elements,
I am not matter, nor the 5 sheaths of consciousness
Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…
na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau
na me vai mado naiva matsarya bhavaha
na dharmo na chartho na kamo na mokshaha
chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham
There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion,
I know not pride or jealousy,
I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…
na punyam na papam na saukhyam na duhkham
na mantro na tirtham na veda na yajnah
aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham
No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain,
I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals,
I am not the experienced, nor the experience itself,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…
na me mrtyu shanka na mejati bhedaha
pita naiva me naiva mataa na janmaha
na bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyaha
chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham
I have no fear of death, no caste or creed,
I have no father, no mother, for I was never born,
I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…
aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
vibhut vatcha sarvatra sarvendriyanam
na cha sangatham naiva muktir na meyaha
chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivoham
I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness,
I exist everywhere, pervading all senses,
I am neither attached, neither free nor captive,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

Comments (Responses)

21 July, 2021


@Ganesh Shadtri, Water is mentioned in the “I am not the breath, nor the five elements,” line. Five elements are Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, and Aakash.

21 July, 2021

J.v.narsinga rao

Shiv o+ha m = shivoham, shivoham in om, shivo ham, that is i am , i am Shiva shivoham is pewer full mantra it solves everything with pure heartedly chant the Shivoham we will reach altimate goal omshanti

12 March, 2021


I have recordings of this extraordinary wisdom of Adi Shankara. This is my current nindidyasana practice. Chanting Shivoham and listening to this beautiful Nirvana Shatkam. Thank you for posting.

07 December, 2020

Ganesh Shadtri

I want to know what or where is the ‘water’ referred in the shloka ? Just for my understanding! 🙏

25 August, 2020


It’s a unique and awesome but difficult to pronounce.

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