Isavasyam Idam Sarvam

Definition - What does Isavasyam Idam Sarvam mean?

Isavasyam idam sarvam is a phrase that is used in yogic philosophy to describe the concept that everything in the entire universe is enveloped by God. Idam sarvam means “all this,” while isavasyam means “pervaded by God” in Sanskrit. It reflects the understanding that everything in the universe is part of one complete whole that is inseparable from God.

Isavasyam idam sarvam is one of the Mahavakyas, which are the “great utterances” or short, truth-filled statements from the Upanishads.

Yogapedia explains Isavasyam Idam Sarvam

Isavasyam idam sarvam encapsulates the idea that God not only created the universe, but is also present in all of it.

Mahavakyas, such as isavasyam idam sarvam, are often contemplated as part of a self practice, especially in Jnana Yoga. They may be used in combination with prayer, meditation and the chanting of mantras to help to achieve deeper understanding and insights into fundamental philosophical concepts.

Other commonly used Mahavakyas include:

  • Prajnanam Brahma which means, “Brahman is intelligence”

  • Prajnatma which means, “I am the intelligent Self”

  • Tatvamasi or, “That you are”

  • Ayamatma Brahma, or Aham Brahmasmi, which can be translated as “My true self is Brahman,” or “I am Divine.”

  • Pranosmi which means, “I am breath”

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