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Shiva Gita chapter 16 contains the following statement.

saMsArAnmuchyate jantuH shivatAdAtmyabhAvanAt |
tathA dAnaM tapo vedAdhyayanaM chAnyakarma vA |
sahasrAMshaM tu nArhanti sarvadA dhyAnakarmaNaH || 13||

“The creaturely man is liberated from bondage by the contemplation of his identity with S’iva. Charity, penance, study of scripture or any other act done according to rules are not fit to be even one thousandth part of the act of contemplation (of the above identity with S’iva).”

I want to achieve liberation and I want to practice contemplation of my identity with Shivaji.

I have 2 main questions-

  1. What does it mean to contemplate my identity with Lord Shiva?

  2. How can I contemplate my identity with Lord Shiva?

  • Moksha is something that cannot be achieved or its something different. Moment you free yourself from bondages of the mind you're liberated. – Parabrahman Jyoti May 1 '19 at 1:29
  • Shiva Gita is attributed to padma purana uttarakhanda. it is not even found in padma purana now. And is almost a later interpolation.. – Log Tran May 1 '19 at 12:34
  • @LogTran Shiva Gita is an accepted Gita and I trust it too. – user17858 May 1 '19 at 12:38
  • For Shiva, tantras are proper than puranas. It's upto you what you want to believe, but it is made famous recently only. it is not found in any puranas and attribution done to padma purana is wrong , some sites mention that someone from 16th century/17th century commented on it. – Log Tran May 1 '19 at 12:43
  • @LogTran Can you can link a tantra with an English commentary? As far as I know one cannot practice tantras without initiation. Most practices of Shiva Gita does not require initiation. – user17858 May 1 '19 at 12:51
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This has been made clear in the 'Nirvana-Shatkam' believed to be composed by Sri Adi Sankaracharya.

  1. What does it mean to contemplate my identity with Lord Shiva?

This means contempletating on the 'Mahavakya'-s of the Upanishads which essentially means what Sri Adi Shankara puts in His 'Nirvana-shatkam' as

chidAnandarupah shivo'ham shivo'ham, Meaning:I am Shiva, Who is the of the nature of pure Existence-Consciousness-Bliss.

  1. How can I contemplate my identity with Lord Shiva?

According to Sri Adi Shankara, this can be done by contemplating on

I am neither the mind, nor the intellect, nor the ego, nor the mind-stuff; I am neither the body, nor the changes of the body; I am neither the senses of hearing, taste, smell, or sight, Nor am I the ether, the earth, the fire, the air; I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I am neither the Prâna, nor the five vital airs; I am neither the materials of the body, nor the five sheaths; Neither am I the organs of action, nor object of the senses; I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I have neither aversion nor attachment, neither greed nor delusion; Neither egotism nor envy, neither Dharma nor Moksha; I am neither desire nor objects of desire; I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I am neither sin nor virtue, neither pleasure nor pain; Nor temple nor worship, nor pilgrimage nor scriptures, Neither the act of enjoying, the enjoyable nor the enjoyer; I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I have neither death nor fear of death, nor caste; Nor was I ever born, nor had I parents, friends, and relations; I have neither Guru, nor disciple; I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute —

I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham).

I am untouched by the senses, I am neither Mukti nor knowable; I am without form, without limit, beyond space, beyond time; I am in everything; I am the basis of the universe; everywhere am I. I am Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss Absolute — I am He, I am He. (Shivoham, Shivoham). (Translation by Swami Vivekananda, CW).

(Stavakusumanjali, Gambhirananda(Ed.), Udbodhan, pages 398-400).

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  • Even I have difficulty understanding your answer. All the mahavakyas that you mentioned and more are present in Shiva Gita. Does that mean I should contemplate on Shiva Gita? How, do I contemplate them? Should I just think of them again and again while meditating? Please answer these doubts too. – user17858 May 1 '19 at 5:20
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    @ShashwatAsthanavIt means contemplating on the concept that 'I am Shiva'. But for most of the people, this path is NOT advised as this is purely Jnana-marga.If one worships Lord Shiva with devotion regularly, gradually the knowledge of the Supreme Self Who is Shiva is revealed to the devotee. – user17294 May 1 '19 at 5:24

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