[Advaita-l] Aham Brahmaasmi

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Wed Dec 30 13:25:43 CST 2009

Sorry for the late reply.  I have a large backlog of emails to attend to.

On Thu, 10 Dec 2009, sivasenani at yahoo.com wrote:

> Dear Sri Michael and Sri Jaladhar
> I meant to look up a few references after reading your statement that 
> asmi is a pronominal suffix but could not.
> I know it is too basic for either of you but would it be possible to 
> supply an authority to back up this view? My own understanding is that 
> 'aham brahma' is exactly the same as 'aham brahmaasmi' or 'brahmaasmi'.

I did not mean to imply that asmi is a pronomial suffix.  It is a verb as 
you say.  It is in modern English (and Middle English too I think) that 
the pronoun is used to convey this meaning because English has lost the 
Indo-European case system (Old English or Anglo-Saxon had it though.)

The difference between brahmasmi, aham brahma and brahmo'ham is stylistic. 
In Vedic, the first form is preferred to convey a reflexive sense.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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