[Advaita-l] Shortest Sentence in English is a Mahaa Vaakya?

Srirudra srirudra at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 03:37:33 CDT 2015

Telling I am may be a short sentence but calling it Mahavakya is simply wrong.Also it has Ahamkaram because of I heading it.R.Krishnamoorthy.

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> On 16-Mar-2015, at 10:23 am, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Namaste
> I got a Whatsapp message from a friend. The shortest sentence in English is
> 'I am'. Looking at it I feel it has a Advaita message in it. If you say 'I
> am a man', 'I am the son of So and So', 'I am tall', 'I am short', 'I am
> fat', 'I am slim', 'I am intelligent', 'I am stupid', 'I am young', 'I am
> old', 'I am fair', 'I am dark', 'I am rich', 'I am poor' and so on it is
> all because of MAAYAA only. None of the sentences are TRUE.
> But the sentence 'I am' is TRUE. It is only saying I Exist. It is never
> False.
> What is a Mahaa Vaakya? It must be pointing to the Paaramaarthika Satya but
> not Vyaavahaarika Satya. The Upanisad Mahaa Vaakyas are all meeting this
> requirement. That is Aham Brahmaasmi, Tat Tvam Asi, Ayam Atmaa Brahma and
> Prajnaanam Brahma are all meeting the requirement. They are all pointing to
> Brahman the Advaita Reality. The shortest sentence 'I am' is also pointing
> to Paaramaarthika Satya Sat. Sat is Pure Existence.
> Can we accept  'I am' is a Mahaa Vaakya in English?
> -- 
> Regards
> -Venkatesh
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