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The 4 Mahavakyas From The Vedic Literature

The greatest sentences to uplift an individual to his highest potential are found in the Vedic literature. There are primarily 4 short sentences which show an individual what he truly is and how to achieve that. They are called as Mahakavyas.

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The 4 Mahavakyas From The Vedic Literature

  1. 1. The Greatest 4 Sentences · Prajnanam brahman · Tat tvam asi · Ayam atma brahma · Aham brahmasmi
  2. 2. Prajnanam brahman  Meaning: Brahman is supreme knowledge  Source: Aitareya Upanishad, 3.3, of Rig Veda  Explanation: - This is the first major sentence. - It says that the supreme knowledge to be known is only Brahman. IF this universe were to end and only one piece of knowledge were to remain, that should be the knowledge of Brahman. - Brahman means consciousness. When we talk of consciousness, it does not mean conscience. Consciousness refers to the Life principle, the Awareness principle or in more common parlance,
  3. 3. Tat tvam asi  Meaning: That is what you are  Source: Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7, of Sama Veda,  Explanation: - To the student on the spiritual path, the Master declares “That is what you are”. - Here the “That” refers to consciousness. - The master is telling the student that he is himself consciousness. - This is equivalent to telling a wave that it is nothing but the ocean. The gold ear-ring in essence is nothing but gold as
  4. 4. Ayam atma brahma  Meaning: Atman and brahman are the same  Source:Mandukya Upanishad 1.2, of Atharva Veda  Explanation: - The student is told to contemplate every action/every thought and tell himself that his essence is the same as the essential nature of consciousness. - The wave has to know at every stage, that it is the ocean itself. The wave is water and the ocean is water. There is absolutely no difference. - The water in the form of a wave is equivalent to
  5. 5. Aham brahmasmi  Meaning:I am brahman  Source:Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10, of Yajur Veda,  Explanation: - In the ultimate stage of the spiritual journey which has been well prepared by the contemplation mentioned in sentence 3, the spiritual seeker reaches the level where HE realizes that he is nothing but consciousness. - At this stage, there is no return. The individual is at the highest level of bliss. - The wave has realized it is the ocean and does not
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