Monday Mantra:

Tat Tvam Asi

Thou art That!

Chandogya Upanishad

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Vikram Madan said...

Hi MD,

This is one of my all time favourite mantras.

Thou art that....

अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि॥
(I am the cosmos)

तत् त्वं असि॥
(Thou art That)

Google transliteration tool has made me trigger happy. :-)

Am reminded of a story my sanskrit teacher told us, back in school.

Of a Guru & Disciple, standing on top of a beautiful mountain, and the guru explaining these verses to the disciple.

The Guru says, I am the Cosmos. But so are you. We are one, but not the same.

I am reminded of David Bohm's holographic universe, in which every tiny part of the universe contains the complete information of the whole.

Am reminded of some concepts who's source I cannot remember. Except that it was a book on 'tantric healing'. Some hindu author.

This book talked of the human being as the microcosm of the macrocosm. That the human being has every potential that exists in the cosmos.

It does raise an interesting question however. If I, a person, am the microcosm, does this mean the macrocosm also is a person?

How could it be, that the microcosm (me) has a certain quality that the macrocosm does not have? The quality of I-ness.

So is the Cosmos an 'I' too?

The largest I. The infinite I.


Prabhupada, the author of the ISKCON Bhagavadgita, says, 'they are fools who try to reduce the ulimate level of life to an impersonal level.'

The above is paraphrased. Don't remember his exact words.

He says it very fiercely. Sounds like a man who has seen something.

But one cannot take anything for granted unless one sees something directly. And I haven't seen directly.


Perhaps the last few steps of the transcendental journey are indeed transcendence of I-ness?


I am the brahman.

I am.


Cant really go beyond stillness. Nothing there. :-)

Wow! I think I'm going to make a blog entry based on this comment. Been 4 months since I wrote a blog entry.