Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tat Tvam asi.. sah aham asmi.. aham Brahma Asmi.

In science as we know it, there are living things and non living things.

What are the characteristics of living beings?
1. They grow.
2. They eat/consume .
3. They excrete.
4. They grow old.
5. They die.
6. They are born.

There are creatures that hibernate for centuries. Some hibernate for months. During this period, they do not eat or excrete. So, partial fulfilling of these conditions could still qualify as living, right?

Consider the human hair. It meets all the conditions above. Is the hair on our body a living thing?
Consider the things in our house. On a bad day, we find that things get misplaced more often. They are tired at the end of the day. They are better in the mornings.. even the air around us talks.

Can you imagine the difference in our perspective if we were to treat everything as if it were alive, like us? A part of the same Brahma ?

Tat tvam asi, means, you are That.

Sah Aham Asmi, means I am That.

Aham Brahma asmi, means, I am the Supreme Knowledge. I am the Brahma.

Between them, these three lines unite every living thing with each other, and with the Supreme Creator.

तत त्वम असि.
स: अहम अस्मि.
अहम ब्रह्मास्मि.

27 comments:

BK Chowla said...

Believe me,I always thought I had a lot of knowledge in this sphere of life.I was wrong..I have learnt today the real meaning.T hank you.It is a great post.I intend keeping a copy in my records.

Mampi said...

you should have been a teacher. with your quizzes and such type of small logic that means so big, you are made for a different career...

AnjuGandhi said...

very informative

Shubhajit said...

We are projections from the One.

Isshita अनन्द said...

do you read bhagvad gita??

Ordinary Guy said...

Makes sense :P :P
yes, I believe that there is God in all of us.... which makes us do good things....

EXSENO said...

I think if we did treat every thing as a living thing they/it would be better taken care of. Good idea.

How do we know said...

Chowla sir: What a great compliment, coming from you! Thank you!

Hi Mampi: i totally agree... some things come really naturally to me.. being in a classroom and being in a couseling setup are pretty much the top of the list. :-) u got me there.

Hi Anju: Thank you!

Hi Shubhajit: yes, thats the point of the post. Thanks for dropping by. Am really glad that you did.

Hi Isshita: Read it once.. long ago. Was totally impressed and it changed my whole perspective on life.

Hi OG: And a devil too? ;-)

Hi Exseno: Hows the grandson now? I was so sorry for him.. hope he is better.. isnt he the same grandson who wrote brilliant composition? Tell him he is a VERY bright boy.

Isshita अनन्द said...

hey there!!!

i thought so coz i am currently reading it and those sanskrit lines are what attracted me towards ur blog...lemme tell u i loved the post...m looking forward to some more of these kind...

take care

sumanbolar said...

What a beautifully succinct way to describe "Advaita”. I used to explain it to my kids as the concept of “oneness”. The idea that God (or the life force of the universe, whatever you want to call it) and each individual are indivisible, “just as a pinch of salt dropped in the ocean.”

my space said...

Beautiful..agra ye soch jeevan ka aadhaar ban jaaye to kitna sukhmay ho jayega ye sansaar!!

D said...

We're all a part of Divinity if only we realise it.

rabbit said...

nice perspective...but i still go with science.

Vivek Sareen said...

A very good thought. Some time back when i was completing Asimov's foundation series he introduced in one of his book the concept of Gaia i tried searching it on Wiki and i found out this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis

Onkar said...

The thoughts here are so profound and ever-green.

J P Joshi said...

"Between them, these three lines unite every living thing with each other, and with the Supreme Creator." Agreed.

Scientifically speaking: Everything in this universe, whether living or non living, is made up of a combination of molecules, which are but an arrangement of atoms, which in turn comprise of neutrons, protons and electrons OR energy. So, everything in this universe is some form of energy, whether living or non living. So, what's the difference between me, my hair, or any other object??

Aparna said...

Have been attending some spiritual classes for a year now and it has changed my perspective completely. Apart from the lines that you have quoted, I also like the evergreen lines Purnamadah purnamidam,
Purnat purnam udachyate,
Purnasya purnamadayah
Purnamewa avashish shyate....

Varun said...

Do We Know How a diamond shines?

sumanbolar said...

Woke up this morning thinking of this post, and had to share this memory: When my dad passed away four years ago, my older son was 10 years old. He had just learnt, in a science class, that energy cannot be destroyed. He told me that he thought "Grandpa was still all around" him "as an energy", because "life is an energy and energy cannot be destroyed." Science and spirituality all rolled into one. Out of the mouth of babes...

lala said...

about being a part of the same Bramha, i agree... i only call Bramha 'nature'. we are all a part of the same system... the complexity in living things are more and thus we do things that science says only living things do (eat, sleep, breath, get irritated)... but the so called none living things are also the part of the same system... so they can do so too... but that happens at such a meta level that it is not perceived by our senses. i completely agree by what you have said. nicely put.

How do we know said...

Hi Isshhita: Aww.. i dont do too many posts of this kind, but am glad you liked this one.. there is one more that i did long ago.. called Leela Hai! you might like that one also (u cld just search from the blog search window on top)

Hi suman: Loved both ur comments.. thank you! and am amazed at ur son's perceptiveness.. this is a perspective that we need so much!!

Hi my space: True! Sach hai.

Hi D: Yes, so true.

How do we know said...

Hi Rabbit: By all means.. :-) but science also says the same thing..please read Vivek Sareen's comment and the concept.

Hi Vivek: I read.. what a facinating concept!! Thanks a ton for sharing this!

Hi Onkar: Thank you.

Joshi sir: what a wonderful, succint way to put it! Just what i was also trying to say..

Hi Aparna: Please also tell us the meaning of these lines..

How do we know said...

Hi Varun: Tanik vistaar se bataiye..

Hi lala: "that happens at such a meta level that it is not perceived by our senses." - so true.. i agree completely!!

Varun said...

how do we know?

Internal Reflection.. Simple Physics.

Focal point within yourself.. Meta Physics.

Now,
do we know how?

How do we know said...

Hi Varun: Uff!! u talk in such cute riddles.. love ur posts and ur comments.

Manish Raj said...

Hi HDWK

Do you know what you are talking about ? Have you gone thru Gaia concept already ?

If yes, we will sit one day.

Take care
Manish

How do we know said...

Hi Manish: Sit with you after reading the Wiki page of the concept? Hardly likely.
Whatever little i know is from that Wiki page, so maybe i dont know what i am saying.