Brahman

Brahman is only that of which the Upaniṣads speak‘ begins the celebrated Kena Upanishad.

The Symbol ‘0’ took birth, found formulation, in the many attempts to understand what this word Brahman meant.

Brahman is from the root ‘Brh‘: ‘To Uphold, Support’. Brahman is: ‘That which upholds’, and was originally a Mantric expression for Yagnic formalities.

So what is this Brahman? What’s been told about it in the primary texts?

The earliest Mahāvākyam, a summary affirmation of primal Vedic Truth, is from the Chāndogya Upaniṣad (3.14.1, among others; around 1,000 BCE):

Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma: ‘All [this] is Brahman‘.

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