Vyahriti

Definition - What does Vyahriti mean?

Vyahriti is a Sanskrit word that translates as “speech” or “to utter.” In Hindu philosophy, the seven vyahritis are the higher worlds or planes of existence. The seven vyahritis are also called the higher lokas (worlds) while the lower lokas are called the seven patalas. In some traditions, the vyahritis are the uttering of the names of the higher lokas.

The Puranas list the 14 lokas in the Hindu tradition, whereas Jainism and Buddhism accept a different number. The seven vyahritis are also sometimes called the sapta urdhvaloka, which translates as “seven upper worlds.”

Yogapedia explains Vyahriti

While the patalas are the earthly worlds, the vyahritis are the heavenly worlds. The seven vyahritis in descending order are:

  • Satya or Brahma – This is the highest vyahriti and the plane of highest consciousness where freedom from cycle of rebirth occurs.
  • Tapar - This is the home of the four kumars and the immortal ascetics.
  • Jana – The abode of the sons of Brahma and the realm associated with inner truth and understanding.
  • Mahar – This is the abode of the great sages and rishis.
  • Svar – The plane between the sun and the polar star.
  • Bhuvar or Pitri – The planets, stars and space between the sun and Earth.
  • Bhur – The Earth.
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