Ajapa Japa: Mantra that protects the performer

What is Ajapa Japa? Ajapa Japa is the combination of two words with opposite meaings. Ajapa is that which is not a Japa; whereas Japa is the repetition of a Mantra. Japa is of three types: Vachika Japa, Upamsu Japa, and Manasa Japa. Vachika Japa is the repetition of mantra with the audible utterance. Upamsu … Read moreAjapa Japa: Mantra that protects the performer

Om: Sound of Absolute Existence

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: Sound of Absolute Existence

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