5. TAT TWAM ASI – YOU ARE THAT THE VISION AND THE SEEN

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TAT TWAM ASI – YOU ARE THAT THE VISION AND THE SEEN

 

THE DIVINE IS DREAMING THE WORLD, AND WHAT HE DREAMS

INSTANTLY COMES INTO BEING:

 

Only His Vision and what is seen exist: we can only be

EITHER HIS VISION OR THE SEEN.

 

The Seen is the world.

As Patanjeli pointed out,

 

The very existence of the seen

is for the sake of the Seer.

 

Make the right choice then between them!

 

You are already essentially one with the Divine

and have always been,

 

but can only live it, feel it by identifying yourself with His Vision,

never with the ever-changing, ephemeral

forms of the Seen.

 

Nisargadatta Maharaj has the last word:

 

In ignorance the seer becomes the seen,
and in wisdom he is the seeing.

 

When are you the seen?

And when the seeing?

 

Living it:

From the Poems:

 

When drawn was I to incarnate

into the Abyss which is the Universe

the Khdir told me:

 

“Of being ready sure are you?

When the first Aleph, Vision

right into the Abyss dared gaze

from its dark bottomless depths

the inchoate mirage surged of the Seen,

which there is called the “world”,

burning high from within

in Time arising and fading away

 

Under Vision’s clear gaze

burns the Seen, as if

to Vision trying to return,

but to extinguish its flames

always keeps striving

with the wind of his desires –

why the flames still higher rise

can never understand…

 

Contemplate:

 

– These words of Sri Ratan Lal

 

Seer and seen, knower and
known,

are contents of the mind.

Practice lies in transferring

the attention from the seen to

the seer.

Hold on to the seer – in due course,
one will experience that the seer,

as a person, disappears.

What remains?

That which is Atma.

It is uninterrupted awareness.

This is liberation.

 

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