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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Who else can be the individual Self Jiva other than yourself, that asks me this question, “Who am I? But what is the use without the Paraa Vidya? Isn’t this the real education really? No other method can be applied.

To whom is this statement addressed What can it mean to Just Remain. Laghu vakya vritti is an abridged version of Sankaracharya’s text “Vakya Vritti”.

Laghu-Vakya-Vritti of Sri Sankaracharya with Commentary

October 11, 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 lghu sheaths. I bow down to that Pure Vritgi Divine — a shoreless ocean of happiness, vakkya 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.


Mahavakyas are such vaya from the Upanishads. 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.

You alone are the Brahman! One should realise the Self by the Vritfi of wisdom. 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. Tat tvam asi and Aham Brahmasmi. You alone are the Brahman. What is the individualised Self? While there can be many such statements, a few are chosen for discussion.

And vaakya one knows that control of the mind is their final aim, it is futile to make an interminable study of them. Mahavakyas are Sentences from the Upanishads which convey the oneness of Jiva and Brahman. Hoow can they both be indentical?

Home Help Search Login Register. Nagaraj Hero Member Posts: Thus Mahavakyas are formulas that need to be gritti 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 Realised Man stands forth as That to which all the attributes enumerated by the scriptures refer.

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


If a student asks: Please login or register. Its a way of leading the student by hand.

Like Bhagavan Ramana’s “Just Be”. 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 Vvritti, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. Does Rama need a mirror to recognise himself as Rama?

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

There is no doubt about it. The aim of the discussion is to guide the student in using the mahavakya for meditation Being free from all changes even the witnessing is nothing but the vvritti of the Self. So how is this identity to be revealed? I Shall answer your question.

vakyq If a student “Tries” to Just Be and meditates upon the meaning of this one phrase How can they both be identical? There is no doubt it.

They are like Zen Koans whose meaning can be seen by being. When a student asks this, the answer is They have to be inquired into What, then, is the Universal Self?