Yat Pinde Tat Brahmande

Definition - What does Yat Pinde Tat Brahmande mean?

Yat pinde tat brahmande is an ancient Sanskrit verse, or shloka, from the ancient philosophical and yogic texts, the Puranas. It is believed to be at least 8,000 years old.

The translation of yat pinde tat brahmande can be interpreted as “All that is outside you is within you,” or “Your body is a miniature universe.” Pindanda means "microcosm" and Brahmanda means "macrocosm"; thus, a more literal translation would be “Whatever is in the microcosm is also in the macrocosm.” For yogis, this means that their small selves are simply part of a larger universal Consciousness.

Yogapedia explains Yat Pinde Tat Brahmande

The words of yat pinde tat brahmande can be taken on a physical level as they remind the yogi that their physical body is made of the same substance as the world around them. It can also be taken spiritually to mean that their consciousness, or inner life, is indistinguishable from that outside of them.

Yogis believe that it is mala, or impurity, that builds walls between the individual self and the truth of oneness with the universal Self. Through yogic practices and progress on the spiritual path, these walls can be removed. The meaning of yat pinde tat brahmande implies that all separation is a construct and an illusion. Through yogic practices, yogis try to break through the illusion of separation and become Self-realized, experiencing the truth of yat pinde tat brahmande.

Yat pinde tat brahmande can be chanted repeatedly as a mantra, in the practice of japa. Some say this can help pierce the chakras, allowing for accelerated spiritual development.

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