According to wikipedia, The Famous verse from Vivek Chudamani (विवेकचूडामणि) is:

Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah

Translation: Brahman is the only truth, the world is unreal, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and individual self

But I can't find that verse from vivek chudamani. I have a vivek chudamani of Gitapress Gorakhpur (book code:133). You can also find it from sanskritdocuments : sanskrit pdf.

So, Where can I find the verse : Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah?

Note: Verse no. 20 of vivek chudamani is not exactly this (though it contains first part of the quoted verse)

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  • I don't see anything exactly like that. Look at verses 464-470. Dec 25, 2015 at 11:17
  • @SwamiVishwananda Have you any idea about the location of this verse (may outside of vivek chudamani)?
    – Pandya
    Dec 25, 2015 at 12:42
  • I have also heard/read that verse in many advaita mandirs like that of a datta mandir, they have a great dependency in advaita philosophy since it totally discards jagat(world) as mithya or maya. But I never had any encounter with that word in any text I know. +1 good question
    – Yogi
    Dec 25, 2015 at 18:21

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Good question. Always quoted as Sankara, but no one gives the source text. It is from Sankara's Brahmajnanavalimala verse 20. It is available here

20. brahma satyam jaganmithyA jIvo brahmaiva nAparah
anena vedyam sacchAstram iti vedAntaDiNDimah

Yo can also check from sanskritdocuments:

The 20th verse of Brahmajnanavalimala:

ब्रह्म सत्यं जगन्मिथ्या जीवो ब्रह्मैव नापरः ।
अनेन वेद्यं सच्छास्त्रमिति वेदान्तडिण्डिमः ॥ २०॥

  • Yes, I've checked it from sanskritdocuments
    – Pandya
    Dec 26, 2015 at 14:52
  • By the way what about the half of verse posted in question: "slokärdhena pravakshyämi yad-uktam granthakotibhih"?
    – Pandya
    Dec 26, 2015 at 14:55
  • @pandya Haven't found the other half anywhere. Maybe you should ask the website that claims its from the vivekchudamani. Dec 26, 2015 at 16:12
  • Well, I am accepting this answer because "Brahma Jnanavali Mala" by Adi Shankara covers the verse mentioned in the title of question. By the way, For "slokardhena..." I will make separate question/discussion. Thanks
    – Pandya
    Dec 26, 2015 at 16:30
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    @pinkpanther many errors on Wikipedia page. Jan 4, 2018 at 5:22

As stated in this answer, Adi Shankara's Brahmajnanavalimala has the complete verse.

Half verse "ब्रह्म सत्यं जगन्मिथ्या" is also present in Niralamba Upanishad.

तप इति च ब्रह्म सत्यं जगन्मिथ्ये त्यपरोक्ष ज्ञानाग्निना ब्रह्माद्यैश्वर्याशासिद्धसङ्कल्प बीजसन्तापं तपः ।

tapa iti ca brahma satyaṃ jaganmithyetyaparokṣa- jñānāgninā brahmādyaiśvaryāśāsiddhasaṅkalpa- bījasantāpaṃ tapaḥ ।

Translation from Nitaaiveda:

Spiritual austerity is austerity where the fire of transcendental knowledge, which teaches "This material world is an illusion", burns away the desire to have powers and opulences like Brahma and others.

  • I am brahman the world is illusion (brahma satyaṃ jaganmithye)
    – Kauvasara
    Nov 7, 2019 at 5:20
  • Then Shankara should himself have stated stating as stated Niralamba upanishad im saying this, why he didnt quote because this upanishand hadnt existed in shankaras time.. it was invented by for to the people to believe advaita..
    – Prasanna R
    May 9 at 7:20
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    Niralamba Upanishad (vedarahasya.net/muktika.htm) is one of the 108 Upanishads according to Muktika so it's an authentic scripture. Adi Shankara may have not quoted from numerous scriptures . That does not make them invalid @PrasannaR
    – Rickross
    May 9 at 9:21
  • who is the creator of vedarahasya.net/muktika page.. ask them.. why this is there i remeber @Rickross you already gave non existence version of rig veda quoting advaita statements in veda explicitly, its countered by james web of some professor saying that vedic statement is itself is bogus and newly added. Your credibility is question
    – Prasanna R
    May 10 at 11:38
  • Haven't understood what are you trying to say .. it's not important to find out who created that page .. you can find a PDF of Muktika Upanishad from any source you prefer and you will find Niralamba in it .. so whether you like it or not it's a valid scripture. it is not written in any scriptures that for any scripture to be valid Adi Shankara has to quote from it. Although undoubtedly he is greatest among all Acharyas but still no such rule is there @PrasannaR
    – Rickross
    May 10 at 12:37

It is the 20th Shloka of the Vivekachoodamani. Kindly refer to the Vivekachoodamani commentary by Swami Chinmayananda published by the Chinmaya Mission. Also listen to lectures by Swamijis of the Chinmaya Mission - "Fundamentals of Vedanta through Vivekachoodaamani - Day 03 / 16" Talk by Swami Aparajitananda" on Youtube talks about this shloka in detail. Hari Om!

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    Thank you for answering the question. Actually as I have mentioned in my question "Note: Verse no. 20 of vivek chudamani is not exactly this".
    – Pandya
    Feb 27, 2021 at 17:13
  • Compare the verse quoted in the question with 20th verse of Vivekachudamani
    – Pandya
    Feb 27, 2021 at 17:14

Maharishi used this expression. "Jivo brahmaiva naparah." It was among those highlighted by MIU president Bevan Morris in the "Vedic Expressions used by Maharishi" continuing ed course 2 or 3 years ago. No source was cited. The translation is "the individual (ie jiva) is brahm." Brahm meaning totality. Compare to the expression: "Brahmavit brahmaiva bhavati" from the Mundaka Upanishad (3.2.9) which translates to "the knower of brahm is brahm". It all shakes out as: you are the universe. I am the universe. We are each the totality of all there is. And that's all we are! Note: the moderator, remarked that this answer was unclear. !!!??? Hmmmm. Maharishi was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, world famous founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Disciple of Swami Brahmanada Saraswati, who held the position of Shankaracharya of Jyotir math in the 1950s, maybe into the 60s. Maharishi was easily the greatest sage of Vedic science since Shankara. Came out of the Himalayas in 1958. Established a university in the USA in 1971: Maharishi International University, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. If you want to understand Vedic expressions, the most authoritative source is MIU. But in truth, this inquiry is much more than an intellectual thing. The experience of transcendence, which Maharishi identified as the foundational kernel of the Veda, and which he brilliantly standardized, simplified and made available for all with his Transcendental Meditation technique and related programs -- without this foundation, without the foundation of refinement of consciousness all discussion of the Veda and Vedic literature is meaningless, useless. Whether we can identify the source of "jivo brahmaiva naparah" is secondary to cognizing this principle directly ourselves. Its source is thus not from some scripture; rather, its source and meaning lie within ourselves. Yourself. No one in my admittedly limited experience as a Christian-raised Westerner, is in the same ballpark as Maharishi as a spiritual master. Thus, to figure out what and where this expression comes from, and why it matters, the questioner should look into the TM program. There are certified TM teachers around the world.

  • Who is the Maharshi you're talking about in the starting?
    – Pandya
    May 8 at 17:22
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