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Nagaraj

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The meaning of AHAM
« on: March 20, 2009, 11:17:36 PM »
the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says ‘AHAM’ is the first name of God.
The first letter in Sanskrit is A and the last letter Ha ‘h’ and ‘Aha’

All letters start with a and end with aha

thus includes everything from beginning to end.

In the Bible also, ‘I AM’ is given as the name of God.”

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Re: The meaning of AHAM
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013, 09:27:07 PM »

In the Bible also, ‘I AM’ is given as the name of God.”

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But ' I am' is "Aham asmi' in Sanskrit, not just 'Aham'.

Should one repeat 'Aham' only, or 'Aham asmi'?

Should one repeat 'Aham'/'Aham asmi' because Sanskrit is a divine language?
Or should one repeat 'I'/'I am' in one's native language?

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Re: The meaning of AHAM
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2013, 10:12:30 AM »
Dear Jyothi,

The words are not more important than what it conveys. The only purpose of words is to communicate and once you literally have understood the meaning, then any language is fine, we can even use our native languuage as well, which ever is inspiring to us.

Bhagavan has said in Who am I:

even if one merely continuously repeats to oneself inwardly ‘I-I’ with
the entire mind fixed thereon, that also leads one to the same source.


Therefore, go with what is in inspiration to your heart! If you feel the grace when you say, AHAM, AHAM, AHAM,... take it or if you fell the grace when you say, AHAM ASMI, AHAM ASMI, AHAM ASMI, ... go with it.

or if you feel comfortable using your native language, (in my case tamil, as follows:) as NAAN, NAAN, NAAN,... go with it.

The key is to absorb the essence. Once the essence has been absorbed, then the essence becomes of more importance than the words. Words are merely just like addresses mentioned in a slip of paper, once we have known the address, the only that we require to do is to  go according to the direction as grasped from those words mention in that slip of paper, The paper with those words of address is no more important than to reaching that destination.

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta