Adi Shankara met his Guru Govindapadacharya for the first time and the Guru asked Shankara who he was. Shankara’s reply was in the form of ten verses each ending with the words ‘Shivah Kevaloham’ (I am of the form of Pure Auspiciousness).
The bunch of ten verses also known as ‘Dasha Shloki’ was given out to Shankara’s disciples before his disappearance from this world, when they asked him specifically on the ideas to be contemplated and meditated upon.
न भूमिर्नतोयं न तेजो न वायुः , न खं नेन्द्रियं वा न तेषां समूहः |
अनैकान्तिकत्वात सुषुप्त्येकसिद्धः तदेको वशिष्ट: शिवः केवलोहम || १ ||
na bhumirnatoyam na tejo na vayuh, na kham nendriyam vaa na teshaam samuhah |
anekaantikatvaat sushuptyekasiddhah tadekovashistah shivah kevaloham || 1 ||
I am neither earth nor water, nor fire, nor air, nor space, nor sense organ, nor the aggregate of all these; for all these are variable by nature while the Self is whose existence is proved by the experience of deep sleep. I am that One, Pure and Auspicious, that alone which remains.