TAT TWAM ASI – YOU ARE THAT
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The Mantra: Tat Twam Asi
In our essence we are the Divine
but when our consciousness is immersed in so many other things
we lose yourself in them and feel very far from Him.
a) The Kaivalya Upanishad introduces the issue:
The supreme Brahman, the self of all, the great abode of the universe,
more subtle than subtle, eternal, that it thyself
and thou are That.
Vivekananda said the same thing:
You, as body, mind, or soul, are a dream, but what you really are,
is Being, Consciousness, Bliss.
You are the God of this universe.You are creating the whole universe and drawing it in.
Thích Nhat Hạnh agrees:
You are a wonderful manifestation.The whole universe has come
together to make your existence possible.
There is nothing that is not you.
The way that Matt Kahn put it is:
The sky is your halo.
The world is your ashram.
The body is your bedroom.
The past is your scrapbook.
The future is your sketch pad.
The mind is your observatory.
The Universe is your playground.
The heart is your compass.
Eckhart Tolle goes a step further::
You are the universe expressing itself
as a human for a little while.
You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Papaji adds that:
You are the unchanging awareness in which everything
happens To deny this is to suffer,
to know this is freedom.
As Ramesh Balsekar said,
What you appear to be isthe outer body perceiving the outer world,
but what you are is that Consciousness in which
the body and the world appear.
b) Although our body lives in a tri-dimensional world only
we are multidimensional beings and potentially have access
to all dimensions of the Manifestation.
Like each cell of our brain has his own individuality, separate functions, will and aims while still remaining an integral part of it, like all our thoughts, memories, projects and regrets are all part of our single mind,
we all are a ray of the Divine.
To which extent can you feel it?
Wu Hsin goes to the core of the issue::
All that appears,
all that disappears
can only occur against
a changeless background.
When one knows oneself
to be That
and only That
there is nothing left to do.
You are the immovable background in which
all movement is perceived,
the weaver of all tapestries.
What can exist without you?
Answer this and
all other questions are finished.
The Swetaswatara Upanishad adds:
Thou art man and woman, boy and girl; old and worn thou walkest
bent over a staff; thou art the blue bird and the green
and the scarlet-eyed…
it is Thou alone who, when born,
assumest diverse forms.
Thou art beginning-less and all pervading.
From Thee all the worlds are born.
To which extent can you feel that you ARE?
– Essentially one and the same as the Divine, integral part of Him;
– Birth-less in our essence and without a body;
– Forever pure, immortal, in the eternal Truth.
– Multidimensional beings.
– Gods still in the embryo.
– The Divine in disguise, but we imagine ourselves to be only men.
– Pure water believing itself its container.
– A reflection of the Eternal Light,
a play of light from eternity and Wisdom.
– Whatever we are, we also are not.
Which of these definitions touched you most?
What does this tell you about yourself?
The way that Baba Afzal Kashani put it is:
The Divine Book’s imprint is only you, and so is the King’s Beauty
mirror; nothing is there in this world outside of you; all you’re seeking in yourself will be found.
Do you still think that you can find it somewhere else?
If you do, you are in for a big disappointment.
The Ashtavarka Ghitaadds that:
You are the one witness of everything and are always
totally free. This alone is your bondage:
that you see the Self as an object.
Do you still see the self as an object?
Don’t be deceived.
d) Lalla presents another relevant aspect:
Absorbed in “Tat Twam Asi” the place of Wine I found:
there to the brim all jars are filled but
no one is there to drink.
What does the “place of Wine” represent?
Why none is there to drink?
The way that Rumi put it is:
Man is like a bow which the Divine uses for various aims, a tool and a means,
and the bow that becomes aware of the Bowman’s hand
has an enormous power.
Can you feel the Bowman’s hand?
If not, or not enough, how will you become aware of it?
In the Nag Hammadi scrolls the Christ tells Thomas just three words, and when the other disciples asked Thomas what he had been told he only replied that
If I told them they would throw stones at him and fire
would come out of the stones and burn them.
What do you think Jesus Christ told Thomas…in only three words?
Tat Twam Asi perhaps?
The Christ visited several Eastern Teachers in the thirty missing years not mentioned in the gospels.
The Ashtavarka Ghita sums it all up thus::
Knowing yourself as That
in which the worlds rise and fall
like waves in the ocean.
Why do you run about so wretchedly?
For have you not heard?
You are pure Awareness,
And infinite your beauty is!
You are Awareness dreaming itself to be
the seeker of Awareness.
We are always secretly the Divine but the Veil channels our attention
on countless superficial, ever-changing physical, emotional or mental identification
that are no more the real YOU
than the clothes you wear.
Tat Twam Asi is not part of the Dreamgame, but as YOU still are never forget that although you may appear imperfect and limited potentially
ALL the mighty Love, Power and Wisdom
of the Divine is also in you.
As Rumi said,
In Truth, everyone is a shadow of the Beloved.
Our seeking is His seeking.
You are the bird of happiness in the magic of existence.
What a pity! Why did you let yourself
be chained and caged?
Why did you let yourself be chained and caged?
How will you set yourself free?
Somewhere else He also said that
This is a subtle Truth.
Whatever you Love, you are.
What do you most love?
Eckhart Tolle adds that
You are the universe expressing itself
as a human for a while.
The Devil’s Advocate:
Ever if it were indeed true that you are one with this nonsense of “god” and not just the empty dream it really is, of which use could it possibly be to you?
In any case, the fact remains that you keep thinking, acting and living as if you weren’t!
Be real, man!
The sentence “You Are That” is not just beautiful dream
but the ultimate Reality.
live, think, speak, act, do everything as That
not like a limited human being.
Words of Power:
I am not just endowed with a “soul” but a ray of the Divine
under the mask of my apparent humanity.
“You are that vast thing that you see far, far off
with great telescopes.”Alan Watts
“We are of the race of God”
“Man is a god in swaddling bands.”
The Book of Mirdad
The last word of the Buddha was “Sammasati”,
remember that you are a Buddha.
In which sense are you the Buddha?
This temple is consecrated to the Divine Mother, but inside there are no statues of Lakshmi, Maheshwari, Mahakali, Saraswathy…only a highly polished bronze mirror!
The pujari explained that it symbolizes the Divine Mother as the Shakty, but with his very limited English was unable to elaborate any further.
What if whoever set up this strange temple meant Tat Twam Asi to tell everyone who comes in:
YOU ARE THAT,
worship yourself in this mirror?
Question/ko’han 1 to 3:
What does Tat Twam really means to you?
How does it make you feel?
Just like all ice is really water everyone’s real nature
is the Divine.
But why in so many people is so hard to see Him?
Genkaku said that
Our true nature’s very Source is the Buddha
of innocent truth.
What is the Buddha of innocent truth?
According to Emerson man is a God in ruins.
What is a bunch of roses if you are the whole garden?
Where is your soul’s pearly essence
when you are the Sea of God?
Baba Afzal Kashani has the last word:
You must be cross-eyed the Real not to see, or without eyes looking
at Him to ignore that from toe to head you are Him,
the cosmic Apple, core and peel.
To which extent do you FEEL, not just believe, that YOU are Him?
1) Consider these words of Vivekananda:
Know that thou art He; thou art the God of this universe,
“Tat Twam Asi” (That thou art).
All these various ideas that I am a man or a woman, or sick or healthy, or strong or weak, or that I hate or I love, or have a little power, are but hallucinations. Away with them!
What makes you weak? What makes you fear?
You are the One Being in the universe.
What frightens you?
Stand up then and be free. Know that every thought and word that weakens you in this world is the only evil that exists. Whatever makes men weak and fear is the only evil that should be shunned. What can frighten you?
If the suns come down, and the moons crumble into dust, and systems after systems are hurled into annihilation, what is that to you? Stand
as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self,
the God of the universe.
2) Meditate on these words of Nisargadatta Maharaj:
You are like a child who has just been born.
You have already been here, but not aware of your being. At you birth a world emerged, and with it the consciousness of being. Now your
consciousness is beginning to grow, that’s all.
Who you are is neither consciousness nor its content.You are the timeless source, the Supreme Reality.Trust that.
You are always the Supreme. But your attention is fixed on things, physical
or mental. When your attention is off a thing and not yet fixed
on another, in that interval you are pure being.
In that interval you are pure being.
3) Meditate also on this passage of the Viveka-Chudamani:
Beyond birth, creed, family and tribe, free from the distortion of attributes of name and appearance, transcending locality, time and objects, you are That, God himself. Meditate on the fact within yourself.
Free of parts, of an unchanging quality, undisturbed like a waveless sea,
declared to be of an eternally indivisible nature – you are That,
God himself. Meditate on this fact within yourself.
2) These words of Wu Hsin.
The thought “I am” is the expression of being conscious.
It is the bridge from the relative to the Absolute.
It is the aperture through which the Absolute
perceives its expressions.
But you are neither the field nor its contents.
You are That Light by which light is perceived.
You are That which provides the blank canvas
onto which the paint is applied.
You provide the space which supports
all objects while itself being ignored.
You are the seeing, the hearing, the perceiving, the knowing, and the doing of all
that is seen, heard, perceived, known and done. Like the wind,
That that you are is known only by its effects.
In the ever-changing Cosmic Dream but a kaleidoscope
of confused energies we appear to be, but inwardly
beyond them all their Source we always are,
perception itself and the Nameless One.