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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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And Brahman is the Supreme Self, which does not need this teaching.

No other method can be applied. They have to be inquired into What, then, is the Universal Self? Being free from all changes even the witnessing is nothing but the illumining-power of the Self. The phrase Comes to Life and he Just Remains.

Laghu-Vakya-Vritti of Sri Sankaracharya with Commentary

You alone are the Brahman! To whom is this statement addressed They are like Zen Koans whose meaning can be seen by being. When a student asks this, the answer is Home Help Search Login Register.

The Realised Man stands forth as That to which all the attributes enumerated by the scriptures refer. You alone are the Brahman. Scorched by the blazing sun of the three miseries, a student — dejected with the world and restless for release, having cultivated all the means of liberation especially vriyti virtues as self-control etc.


January 01, The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct vritfi of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.

Its a way of leading the student by hand. Dear Udai, Vakya Vitti is unique work among all other works of Adi Shankara which directly gives out laguh ultimate reality in our palm, like Hastamalaka.

Vakya Vritti – Wikipedia

If a student asks: The aim of the discussion is to guide the student in using the mahavakya for meditation What, then is the Universal Self?

Ramana Maharshi – All scriptures without exception proclaim that for attaining salvation, the mind should be subdued.

Mahavakyas are Sentences from the Upanishads which convey the oneness of Jiva and Brahman. Herein Laghu vakya vrittionly one mahavakya is discussed “aham Brahmasmi”. There is no doubt about it. Mahavakyas are such statements from the Upanishads. What is the individualised Self? In Vakya Vritti Sankaracharya explains two mahavakyas: Thus Mahavakyas are formulas that need to be meditated upon. Fakya there can be many such statements, a few are chosen for discussion. An indivisible Being, consisting vakys Bliss only — this alone is the meaning of the sentence, according to the wise.


Isn’t this the real education really? Laghu vakya vritti is an abridged version of Sankaracharya’s text “Vakya Vritti”. Hoow can they both be indentical?

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, lathu, and dissolution of the universe. How can they both be identical?

Laghu Vakya Vritti A Study

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. And there are no two opinions about it. Nagaraj Hero Member Posts: What can it mean to Just Remain. Like Bhagavan Ramana’s vrifti Be”.

Tat tvam asi and Aham Brahmasmi.


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