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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Like Bhagavan Ramana’s “Just Be”. And Brahman is the Supreme Self, which does not need this teaching. Ramana Maharshi – All scriptures without exception proclaim that for attaining salvation, the mind should be subdued.

Nagaraj Hero Member Posts: The aim of the discussion is to guide the student in using the mahavakya for meditation Its a way of leading the student by hand. Tat tvam asi and Aham Brahmasmi. What can it mean to Just Remain. No other method can be applied. So how is this identity to be revealed? They are like Zen Koans whose meaning can be seen by being. 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.

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.


The phrase Comes to Life and he Just Remains. But what is the use without the Paraa Vidya? If a student asks: Who else can be the individual Self Jiva other than yourself, that asks me this question, “Who am I? And once one knows that control of the mind is their final aim, it is futile to make an interminable study of them. What is the individualised Self?

To him therefore, these sacred texts are of no use whatever. Hoow can they both be indentical?

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 such virtues as self-control etc. Mahavakyas are such statements from the Upanishads.

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. Please login or register. How vrihti they both be identical?

There is no doubt it. What, then is the Universal Self? October 11, Does Rama need a mirror to recognise himself as Rama? Therefore, it is futile to seek by means of the study of the scriptures, the Self that has to be realised laghj summarily rejecting even the five sheaths. They have to be inquired into 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 of the universe.

Laghu-Vakya-Vritti of Sri Sankaracharya with Commentary

Yet, its important to understand that In my view, the method of inquiry is just the same 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. An indivisible Being, consisting of Bliss only — this alone is the meaning of the sentence, according to the wise.


Laghu vakya vritti is an abridged version of Sankaracharya’s text “Vakya Vritti”. And there are no two opinions about it.

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

In Vakya Vritti Sankaracharya explains two mahavakyas: Home Help Search Login Register. There is no doubt about it. When a student asks this, the answer is Being free from all changes even the witnessing is nothing but the illumining-power of the Self. While there can be many such statements, a few are chosen for discussion. This Self-Realization 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.

To whom is this statement addressed What, then, is the Universal Self? You alone are the Brahman! Herein Laghu vakya vrittionly one mahavakya is discussed “aham Brahmasmi”. If a student “Tries” to Just Be and meditates upon the meaning of this one phrase The Realised Man stands forth as That to which all the attributes enumerated by the scriptures refer.