Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Pranosmi Mean?

In Hindu and yoga philosophy, pranosmi is a word that means “I am breath.” The term comes from the Sanskrit prano or prana, meaning “breath” or “breath of life,” and 'smi, which means “I am.” Pranosmi is found in the sacred Hindu text the Kausitaki Upanishad.

The breath referred to here is the life-force energy of the universe. By repeating this affirmation, the yogi acknowledges that his inner Self is in union with the supreme God or higher Self.


Yogapedia Explains Pranosmi

Pranosmi is one of the Great Utterances (Mahavakyas), which are short phrases that a yogi contemplates during meditation or chants as a mantra. They are used as a form of self-exploration, particularly for those who follow Jnana yoga.

The number of Mahavakyas varies by tradition, but here are six additional major affirmations:

Aham Brahmasmi, which translates as “I am Brahman” or “I am divine”
Prajnanam Brahma, or “Brahman is intelligence”
Tatvamasi, which means “You are that” or “I am that”
Ayamatma Brahma, meaning “My Self is Brahman”
Isavasyam idam sarvam, which is translated “All this is enveloped by God”
Prajnatma, meaning “I am the intelligent Self”

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