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eGurukula Course : Tat Tvam Asi – Adi Sankara’s Vakya Vritti

I thought that the first course on Ancient Indians eGurukula should be Tat Tvam Asi.

Interested students can register by leaving a comment, with their correct e-mail address filled in. A time convenient to all students and myself will be arrived at.

No of Classes : 1

Duration : 90 minutes

Venue : Skype

Date :  To be determined

Fees : yathA s’akti (as you can afford).

Exam : None

Pre-requiste : None

Credits : 1.5 towards A Certificate Course : Ancient Indian Philosophy

University Affiliation : None

(This means that the certificate given by me is not yet recognised by any University or Employer. It is only for your own sense of accomplishment.)

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Tat Tvam Asi!

That Thou Art!

Tat Tvam Asi : You are That!

Tat Tvam Asi : You are That!

I took this picture on one my small adventures to visit the ancient Dharmaraya (Yudhisthira) temple in Bangalore. This picture is from the adjacent Naga Devata Temple, the pictures for which I am yet to put up.

This radiant child who looks far more brilliant than my little camera could capture was the personification of the “Ananda” (Bliss, Joy, Delight…). May Sri Rama protect him, as we say, Sri Rama Raksha!

I am currently reading the Vakya Vritti of Sri Adi Sankaracharya, where he explains the sentence Tat Tvam Asi.

Tat refers to Brahman – the great, the absolute, the God that is referred to in the Vedas and in the Upanishads, also called Paramatma by some.

Tvam refers to your Jiva. (Not your mind, body or ego etc). To that Sakshi (witness) of your activities and your mind.That consciousness that wishes never to die and which loves itself the best. For whose sake it holds family, wealth etc as dear. Also referred to as the Self or Jivatama by some.

Tat Tvam Asi equates your Jivatama or Self with Paramatma or God.

The Jivatma of this young boy is the same as the Paramatma, resident in the Devata Vigraha that the child is respecting. So my caption Tat Tvam Asi.

That is Advaita. (Absence of Two).

When an Indian greets another with a Namaskaram as that little boy is doing, he is respectfully greeting the Jiva-Brahman in that other person.

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