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Vaakya Vritti and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
« on: July 03, 2008, 12:19:30 PM »
"Vaakya Vritti" is again a small treatise of 53 slokas by Sankara.
The book is an illuminating work of Sankara, explaining the
import of the axiom of identity - Tat vam Asi.  This is the corner
stone of Advaita Vedanta and this Maha Vakya is seen  in Chandogya
Upanisad (6.8.7).  A sample.  Verses 49 & 50:- "One should go on
studying the srutis and thinking over their meanings as well as practising the control of internal organs and other virtues, until the right understanding of the meaning of the sentence, I am Brahman, becomes quite firm.  When this Knowledge becomes firm by the grace of the Sruti,
and the Guru, one has the cause of the whole of this transmigratory
existence absolutely negated for ever."  Bhagavan has mentioned about
I am Brahman, in Talks No. 92 (7.11.1935) and again about Thou art
That, in Talkss No. 511 (9.9.1938).  In the latter conversation, He has
said that Panchapada Mahavakyani (mahavakyas with five words) e.g.,
Tattvmasi Atinijam (You are That is the great truth) signifies the only
Truth and so many efforts and so much discipline are said to be necessary for eradicating the non-existing 'avidya'!   Arunachala Siva.