Vakya Vritti is a Vedantic textbook, a small treatise, that concerns itself with the detailed and elaborate explanation of two Mahāvākyas – aham brahmāsmi and tat tvam asi which great Sruti sentences are intended to give a direct perception of Brahman. In his Laghu vakya vritti Adi Shankara deals with the former vakya only. laghuvAkyavRRittiH || sthUlo mAMsamayo deho sUkShmaH syAdvAsanAmayaH | j~nAnakarmendriyaiH sArdhaM dhIprANau tachCharIragau || 1|| aj~nAnaM. Laghu vakya vritti of Sri Adi Sankaracharya is a Prakarana Grantha that teaches the meaning of the Mahavakyas. Mahavakyas are Sentences.

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Vakja, it is futile to seek by means of the study of the scriptures, the Self that has to be realised by summarily rejecting even the five sheaths. Tat tvam asi and Aham Brahmasmi. January 01, Like Bhagavan Ramana’s “Just Be”. In Vakya Vritti Sankaracharya explains two mahavakyas: Ramana Maharshi – All scriptures without exception proclaim that for attaining salvation, the mind should be subdued. This Lafhu comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

The phrase Comes to Life and he Just Remains.

They have to be inquired into And there are no two opinions about it. In my view, the method of inquiry is just the same What can it mean to Just Remain.

Yet, its important to understand that If a student asks: I bow down to that Pure Consciousness Divine — a shoreless ocean of happiness, which is All-pervading Vishnuthe Beloved of Shri, the all-knowing Lord of the Universe, assuming endless forms and yet ever-free, having an inscrutable power to become apparently the Cause of creation, maintenance, and dissolution vrittk the universe.


No other method can be applied.

Laghu-Vakya-Vritti of Sri Sankaracharya with Commentary

They are like Zen Koans whose meaning can be seen by being. Mahavakyas are Sentences from the Upanishads which ,aghu the oneness of Jiva and Brahman. Mahavakyas are such statements from the Upanishads. To him therefore, these sacred texts are of no use whatever. And once one knows that control of the mind is their final aim, it is futile to make an interminable study of vajya. Isn’t this the real education really? Does Rama need a mirror to recognise himself as Rama?

To keep the mind constantly turned within and to abide thus in the Self is alone Atmavichara Self-enquirywhereas dhyana meditation consists in fervent contemplation of the Self as Sat-Chit-Ananda Being- Consciousness-Bliss.

There is no doubt about it. When a student asks this, the answer is I Shall answer your question. While there can be many such statements, a few are chosen for discussion. You alone are the Brahman!

The Realised Man stands forth as That to which all the attributes enumerated by the scriptures refer. Home Help Search Login Register.

An indivisible Being, consisting of Bliss only — this alone is the meaning of the sentence, according to the fritti. So how is vrigti identity to be revealed?

The aim of the discussion is to guide the student in using the mahavakya for meditation And Brahman is the Supreme Self, which does not need this teaching. Herein Laghu vakya vrittionly one mahavakya is discussed “aham Brahmasmi”. Scorched by the blazing sun of the three miseries, a student — dejected with the world and restless vrittk release, having cultivated all the means of liberation especially such virtues as self-control etc.


What, then, is the Universal Self? One should realise the Self by the Eye of wisdom. To whom is this statement addressed How can they both be identical?

Śaṅkarācārya, Laghu-Vakya-Vritti of Sri Sankaracharya with Commentary – PhilPapers

What is the individualised Self? Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.

You alone are the Brahman. If a student “Tries” to Just Be and meditates upon the meaning of this one phrase Nagaraj Hero Member Posts: Hoow can they both be indentical? Its a way of leading the student by layhu.

Who else can be the individual Self Jiva other than yourself, that asks me this question, “Who am I?

There is no doubt it. But what is the use without the Paraa Vidya? What, then is the Universal Self? Thus Mahavakyas are formulas that need to be meditated upon.

Dear Udai, Vakya Vitti is unique work among all other works of Adi Shankara which directly gives out the ultimate reality in our palm, like Hastamalaka. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

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