What Are You?

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What Are You?
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1979 May 24
Time Morning
Place Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Language English
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 12
Location in Sarkarverse
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What Are You? is the first discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The discourse was delivered in English on the morning of 1979 May 24. This discourse is the 21st chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 12.[1]


Now, if you are to cross the peripheries of time, space and person, what are you to do? You require a big ship. Bhavambodhipotam sharanam vrajamah – “O Parama Purusa, Thou art a big ship, and we have taken shelter in Thee.” Bhavambodhipotam sharanam vrajamah – “O Parama Purusa! Thou art the best ship. So I pay my respect to Thee.” Bhavambodhipotam. Bhava means “any entity coming within the scope of time, space and person”. Ambu means “water”. Ambodhi means “ocean”. Potam means “ship”. “Thou art the ship, and taking shelter on this ship, we will cross the ambodhi of bhava, we will cross the ocean of time, space and person.”

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by stating that In Tantra, practice is more significant than theory and that it constitutes a ninety nine percent of it. He then explains a tantric shloka composed of four sentences: Tadekaḿ japámas tadekaḿ smarámas - One should think or remember only the Supreme and not waste time in other thoughts or memories. Tadekaḿ jagatsákśiirúpaḿ namámah - Namaste is a salutation to the Guru alone. Tadekaḿ nidhánaḿ nirálambamiisham - Parama Purusa is beyond all boundaries and Bhavámbodhipotaḿ sharańaḿ vrajámah - Taking shelter in Him, is the only way to reach the goal.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 12 
Preceded by
Dances and the Path of Vidya
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 12
With: What Are You?
Succeeded by
From the Physical Stratum to the Apex