Meaning Of ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ In Hindu Dharma

Aham Brahmasmi: If you sit to read and understand hundreds of religious texts available in Sanatan Dharma, then your whole life will be spent. Because whatever path we have whether the path of knowledge, the path of devotion, or the path of action, millions of mantras, lines, and shloka are available on every path. And by reading all these you can move towards God-realisation.

But if you want to know its summary and understand it in summary that what is Sanatan Dharma, our Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya ji has selected only 4 mantras out of these lakhs of lines, shlokas, and mantras for us which are called Mahavakya. And he told that, if you understand the meaning of these four in-depth, then you will be able to understand Sanatan Dharma, and the process of creation and its secret will also be understood very well.

So, these four Mahavakyas, the first one is ‘Aham Brahmasmi’, the second one is ‘Tattvamasi’, the third one is ‘Ayam Atma Brahma’, and the fourth one is ‘Prajnanam Brahma’. In today’s episode, we will understand the meaning of Aham Brahmasmi from both scientific and philosophical points of view.

The literal meaning of Aham Brahmasmi is known to almost all of us. ‘Aham’ means ‘I’ and the meaning of ‘Brahma’ is taken out from Ultimate reality which is the ultimate truth, eternal and infinite. And ‘Asmi’ means from being.

So the literal meaning comes out that ‘I am Brahma’. Now it seems to be a very simple sentence, but if the secrets hidden in it are understood then a whole book can be written on it. This mantra comes from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. And it is a part of Yajurveda and in Advaita Philosophy that we talk about in Sanatana Dharma, it is its main bases.