[Advaita-l] The Origin of 'Ekoham Bahusyaam' and Its Relation to the Upanishads
Cameron D. McIntosh
yateendraji at zoho.com
Fri Mar 19 11:24:13 EDT 2021
For some time, I’ve been intrigued by the statement एकोहं
बहुस्याम्(ekoham bahusyām) and had a question.
My question was actually asked by someone onthe web page:
no one replied. Here is the question:
Unknown <https://www.blogger.com/profile/18063031909905560826> June 26,
2019 at 6:49 AM
[M]any report "...the Veda[s] say 'Ekoham bahusyaṁ'...", but no one
states a text and a number for such a śloka. Is Mr. Trivedi able to
point it out? Please, in that case, notify me.
I’ve been researching the above question online, and here aremy results
I’ve not been able to find aśhloka with the exact wording “ एकोहं
बहुस्याम्” However, there are plenty of references to “ekoham
bahusyām” online, with several fromSwāmī Śivānanda of Ṛṣikeś and his
students (Śivānanda, founder of the Divine Life Society, was a
friend of my second guru).
I’ve provisionally concluded that the statement is a mahāvākya, and
that the wording of a mahāvākya is not necessarily the same asthe
scriptures from which it is derived.
So far, I’ve found four Upaniṣad ślokas which treat the subject
matterof “ekoham bahusyām”:
/Chāndogy//a U//paniṣad/6.2.1and 6.2.3
/Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad/1.4.2 and 1.4.3
Best Regards, Cam
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