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Laghu Vakya Vrtti

The course on “Laghu-vakya-vritti – Realising Aham Brahmasmi” explains in detail the mahavakya “Aham brahmasmi” and its direct Realisation leading to Liberation.

Beginner Course Medium: English

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The course on “Laghu-vakya-vritti – Realising Aham Brahmasmi” explains in detail the mahavakya “Aham brahmasmi” and its direct Realisation leading to Liberation.

The text enables the Realisation of Brahman by guiding the seeker from the known – the gross, subtle and causal bodies – to the unknown, the pure Consciousness. The conditionings of the three bodies, and finally the individual knower, all become the doorway for realising the Self.

The sadhanas, that is the recommended practices to abide in Brahman are also enumerated, to wit observing the silence between the thoughts, increasing the duration of the abidance and finally establishing oneself in It. It is revealed that the Self is ever available, and is at all times and in all states – we only need to be aware of It! The momentary experience of the Self must be fortified by the process of devoted contemplation of “Aham brahmasmi.”

A total of 5 video sessions by Swami Advayananda, divided into 4 lessons, will be made available to the registered students.

What You will Learn

  • The role and purpose of the mahavakya and what they reveal
  • The gross, subtle and causal bodies are upadhis to Consciousness
  • The individual knower is not Brahman
  • Method through which the true ‘I’ and false ‘I’ can be distinguished
  • Sadhanas to realise the Self through the medium of thoughts, which thus become the doorway to Brahman
  • The practice of abidance in “Aham brahmasmi

Why should I do this Course?

This Course will help one to comprehend the mahavakya “Aham Brahmasmi – I am Brahman.” The treatise logically and experientially guides the seeker from the known realm of body, mind and intellect to the unknown – the supreme Brahman. The treatise also provides valuable practices to come to this abidance. Laghu-vakya-vritti is thus a must for anyone committed to realising the Self.


  • Basic knowledge of Vedanta is useful though not mandatory
  • Good internet connection

Course Details and Duration

  • The course comprises 5 lectures and 4 lessons.
  • The recommended duration for completion of the course is 2 months.

Course Access, Query Resolution Process, Grading and Certification

  • Students can access the course following the User Guideline document that is also sent to registered students to their email address.
  • Students have to attempt the lessons sequentially. For each lesson the student should watch the audio or video file and then attempt the questionnaire.
  • All questionnaires are objective based and on completion of each Lesson/ questionnaire the marks and grade for that lesson will be displayed to the student on the dashboard.
  • Students can download the answer key on completion of a questionnaire.
  • In case of queries or doubts on the subject matter students are encouraged to use the discussion forum. Details of the same will be sent to students on registration. A detailed query resolution process guideline will also be provided.
  • The Course is deemed complete on completion of all lessons /questionnaires, and a final grade will be awarded.
  • Grading system for certification.
    • 80% and above 'O' Grade
    • 60% and above 'A+' Grade
    • 50% and above 'A' Grade
    • Below 50% 'B' Grade
  • Those who successfully complete the course will be given a ‘Course Completion Certificate’ of merit signed by Pujya Swami Swaroopananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide. The digital copy of the same will be sent to your registered email ID.

How do I purchase the Text?

A softcopy of the text will be made available to all the registered students on the dashboard.

One may additionally also purchase the book published by Ramakrishna Mission from this link. This also contains Sanskrit commentary.

Transcripts of the lectures have been provided as a welcome additional feature for this Svadhyaya Series Course. These transcripts are due to the efforts of sevaks (volunteers) and have not been peer-reviewed. You will find the transcripts useful as you listen to the lectures and also later as a reference material.

CIF expresses its gratitude to these dedicated sevaks. If you are interested in joining this effort, please let us know your interest at

Transcripts for these lectures have not been peer-reviewed. If you find any discrepancy, please share with us at

Course Content

The course on “Laghu-vakya-vritti – Realising Aham Brahmasmi” comprises 5 lessons.

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: The Eternal Consciousness [Verses 1–5]

Lesson 3: Realising Consciousness through the Thoughts of the Mind [Verses 6–12]

Lesson 4: The Practice and Abidance in Ahaṁ brahmāsmi [Verses 13–18] 

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Course Contributors

Sri Anant Sarma

Sri Arvind Kannan

Br. Ved Chaitanya

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