aham

Linked Glossary of Terms
(references to De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee, unless indicated)

aham
I am

This is not found in Dooyeweerd. ‘Aham’ is the Hindu term for “I am.”

Abhishiktananda regarded it as the discovery that our being is nondual with that of God. That does not mean it is identical. If “I am” is interpreted as identity, it would then be pantheism. But if it is an affirmation that “In God we live and move and have our being,” then it is panentheism.

Abhishiktananda refers to God as “I am that I am.” Ramana Maharshi thought that this was a clear statement of self-Inquiry. He also refers to the many “I am” statements of Jesus, whose Sonship with God we can claim through him.

Baader refers to the Hindu ‘aham’ and rejects it as pantheistic.

This aham, I am is a false Self-grounding and Self centering and therefore it is a striving for expansion of the self (Philosophische Schriften II 62).

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