[Advaita-l] [advaitin] The term 'mahavakya' in the Aitareya Bhashya

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 01:58:54 EDT 2021

On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 6:42 PM Vinodh <vinodh.iitm at gmail.com> wrote:

> Namaskaram Sri Subbu ji,
> Thank you for sharing this. While a quote from Vivekachudamani was given
> in the other thread where the word “mahavakya” was used in the popular
> Vedantic sense, some (like Sri Satchidanandendra Saraswathi) question
> whether the author of the work was actually Shankara Bhagavadpada. It is
> therefore worth noting that there is another (possible) occurrence in
> Aitareya Upanishad bhashya.
> Would you be able to give a brief explanation of the context in which this
> occurs in Aitareya Upanishad bhashya and how the popular Vedantic meaning
> might fit in this context?


The context is the very teaching of the nature of identity between the
Atman and the Paramatman. So, the Mahavakyartha is intended in the


> On Mon 25. Oct 2021 at 16:23, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Namaste
>> In another discussion thread there was an aside discussion of whether the
>> Acharya had used the term mahavakya in the popular Vedantic sense or not.
>> Long ago, a search was made and it was found that the Aitareya Upanishad
>> Bhashya 1.3.13  where the highlighted word  आचार्येणात्मज्ञानप्रबोधकृच्छब्दिकायां
>> *वेदान्तमहाभेर्यां* तत्कर्णमूले ताड्यमानायाम् ,    is being read by some
>> editors as '*वेदान्तमहावाक्यभेर्यां*

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