Lesson 50: Tat Tvam Asi

The title, "Tat Tvam Asi," is a phrase found in the Chandogya Upanishad, a quote to which I have referred to before. The translation of this old sanscrit phrase is essentially, "Thou Art That," meaning that you are the very thing you seek. God resides in you. 

How is it possible that this crummy example of a human being is God? There must have been some kind of mistake. And certainly not those people! Everyone knows they are unforgivable! And look at my brother-in-law who is a train wreck. He can't possibly be God! To understand this phrase, you have to dare to believe what your mind dares not. That is, that you are God and you are playing a game called, "No, I'm not."

Unified consciousness allows you to merge into one the multitude and the many as different faces of the Divine. Darkness below, light above, opposite and yet inseparable, the infinite is buried in the finite, waiting to be revealed. As it turns out, all contraries are part of the same thing and this is so difficult for the mind to accept much less transcend.

"Who dares to be the unimagined All

And see and act as might one Infinite.

Against human reason this is his offence,

Being known to be for ever unknowable,

To be all and yet transcend the mystic whole,

Absolute, to lodge in a relative world of Time,

Eternal and all-knowing, to suffer birth,

Omnipotent, to sport with Chance and Fate,

Spirit, yet to be Matter and the Void,

Illimitable, beyond form or name,

To dwell within a body, one and supreme

To be animal and human and divine;

A still deep sea, he laughs in rolling waves:

Universal, he is all---transcendent, none."

Take four of the concepts above and simply notice bends the positive to the negative, the unlimited to the limited. 

1. But I am not Eternal because one day I  __________________.

2. But I am not Omnipotent because I can't _______________.

3. But I am not Spirit because if I was I  _____________.

4. But I am not Illimitable because I do not even _______________.

But this opposition of forces is what Savitri has transcended and as a result, she sees Death for what Death is: 

"O Death, thou too art God and yet not He,

But only his own black shadow along the path

As leaving the Night he takes the upward Way

And drags with him its clinging inconscient Force.

Of God unconscious thou art the dark head,

Of his Ignorance thou art the impentient sign,

Of its vast tenebrous womb the natural child,

On his immortality the sinister bar,

All contraries are aspects of God's face.

The Many are the innumerable One,

The One carries the multitude in his breast;

He is the Impersonal, inscrutable, sole,

He is the one infinite Person seeing his world."

The reader can now see that Savitri's confrontation with Death is not about force against force. Her power resides within the consciousness that sees through the thick veil of unconsciousness and ignorance. Her power rests upon her knowing that she is Absolute, Eternal, Omnipotent, Spirit, Illimitable. I am That.

And now, you, too, can see clearly the purpose of each stumble and fall in your life and in the lives of others. This "orchestral dance" of opposites concealing the ultimate and deep result of the realization of who and what you are and what you are doing here. 

"In finite things the conscious Infinite dwells."

Tat Tvam Asi.