Ahamgraha Upasana

Last Updated: September 2, 2017

Definition - What does Ahamgraha Upasana mean?

Ahamgraha upasana is a Vedantic form of worship that involves meditation in which the person meditating identifies him/herself with the object of meditation. The term comes from the Sanskrit, aham, meaning “I am”; graha, meaning “perception” or “understanding”; and upasana, meaning “worship,” “service,” “homage” or “sitting near God.”

More specifically, in ahamgraha upasana, the meditator identifies with the higher Self, Brahman or the Supreme Being and worships or meditates with the purpose of becoming one with that source.

Yogapedia explains Ahamgraha Upasana

Upasana, in general, is a means of connecting with a deity. Upasanas are categorized in several ways, depending on the tradition. For example, different kinds of upasana meet the needs of different mental types:

  • Pratika upasana, which is meditation on images and other visual symbols representing the Supreme Being.
  • Nama upasana, which is meditation on sounds, such as a mantra or the name of the deity.
  • Ahamgraha upasana, which is meditation on the Supreme Being present in all existence and meditation on the Self as one with God.
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