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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In my view, the method of inquiry is just the same And there are no two opinions about it. No other lahu can be applied. You alone are the Brahman! There is no doubt about it.

What is the individualised Self? To him therefore, these sacred texts are of no use whatever. The Realised Man stands forth as That to which all the attributes enumerated by the scriptures refer. What, then is the Universal Self? In Vakya Vritti Sankaracharya explains two mahavakyas: Herein Laghu vakya vrittionly one mahavakya is discussed “aham Brahmasmi”. Its a way of leading the student by hand. To whom is this statement addressed Home Help Search Login Register.

And once one knows that control of the mind is their final aim, it is futile to make an interminable study of them. The aim of the discussion is to guide the student in using the mahavakya for meditation Does Rama need a mirror to recognise himself as Rama? 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.


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 is an abridged version of Sankaracharya’s text “Vakya Vritti”.

Laghu-Vakya-Vritti of Sri Sankaracharya with Commentary

If a student asks: If a student “Tries” to Just Be and meditates upon the meaning of this one phrase 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.

Mahavakyas are such statements from the Upanishads. What, then, is the Universal Self?

October 11, Ramana Maharshi – All scriptures without exception proclaim that for attaining salvation, the mind should be subdued. And Brahman is the Supreme Self, which does not need this teaching. They are like Zen Koans whose meaning can be seen by being. Isn’t this the real education really? 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.


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 phrase Comes to Life and he Just Remains.

But what is the use without the Paraa Vidya? When a student asks this, the answer is Yet, its important to understand that Nagaraj Hero Member Posts: Hoow can they both be indentical?

Like Bhagavan Ramana’s “Just Be”. Therefore, 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.

Vrittl should realise the Self by the Eye of wisdom. January 01, Thus Mahavakyas are formulas that need to be meditated upon.

Mahavakyas are Sentences from the Upanishads which convey the oneness of Jiva and Brahman. Please login or register. While there can be many such statements, a few are chosen for discussion.

Laghu Vakya Vritti – Arsha Bodha Center

There is no doubt it. Who else can be the individual Self Jiva other than yourself, that asks me this question, “Who am I? Tat tvam asi and Aham Brahmasmi.