Pranava, Omkara, and Ekakshara are the other names of Om. Pranava means that transcends Prana. Prana is the life force. It is Atman that transcends Prana. Pranava denotes Atman. Omkara literally means Om-ness. The suffix ‘kara’ is commonly added to letters when they are separately spoken of. For example, when the letter ‘A’ is separately … Read moreOm

Mahavakyas: Great Aphorisms of Vedanta

Introduction Mahavakyas are the great statements that appear in Vedas and Upanishads. Vedas are the oldest religious scriptures of Sanatana Dharma. Upanishads are the concluding part of the Vedas. While Upanishads are the very essence of Vedas, these aphorisms are the very essence of Upanishads or Vedanta There are more than ten Mahavakyas found in … Read moreMahavakyas: Great Aphorisms of Vedanta

Ayam Atma Brahma: Self is Absolute Entity

Ayam Atma Brahma

Introduction Ayam Atma Brahma is the Mahavakya that is found in Mandukya Upanishad of Atharva Veda. As other Mahavakyas, it also explains the Jiva-Brahmaikya or the oneness of Brahman and Atman which is the basic tenet of Advaita Philosophy. According to Guru Gita, Ayam Atma Brahma is Abhyasa Vakya or the statement of Practice. The … Read moreAyam Atma Brahma: Self is Absolute Entity

Prajnanam Brahma: The consciousness is Brahman

Introduction Prajnanam Brahma is one of the Mahavakyas of Vedanta. The other Mahavakyas are Aham Brahmasmi, Tat Tvam Asi, and Ayam Atma Brahma. Mahavakyas are Identity statements. The identity statement means the identity of Brahman in the Self or Consciousness. Prajnanam Brahma is found in Aitareya Upanishad of Rig Veda.   Aitareya Upanishad deals with … Read morePrajnanam Brahma: The consciousness is Brahman

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