13 Nov 2011 - QA 2

Guruji, is this 'Tat Tvam Asi' (Thou art that)?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Yes, this is what is Tat Tvam Asi; Mahavaakya, the great sentence.

You are that - when you experience that there is no other. The whole universe is made up of one vibration.

It is one thing that has become many.

This is the modern thought also. If you read today's quantum physics, they say exactly word to word of what the ancient Advaita Philosopher Adi Shankara had said, that the whole universe is made up of one thing, there is no two.

The language of love is, there is no other and the language of knowledge is, there is no two. These are very essential, one to enrich your intellect, another to enrich your heart. And human life is a combination of head and heart; both are needed and both need to be enriched. Then service becomes a natural phenomenon. You don't have to make an effort to do service it is your very nature, your life.

The way you love your mother, you do not love your father. The way you love your father, you don't love you brother. The way you love your brother, you don't love your husband, wife, children or neighbors. These are various shades of love, these are all relationships. But what is your relationship to yourself? Who you are to yourself that is what real love is.

You are made up of a substance called love and love is the nature of the divine.

Asti, bhati, preeti - these three are the natures of consciousness.

Asti - the self; bhati – which is present is the whole creation; and preeti - the love it is made of.

And then nama and roopa - name and form.

So, name, form, existence, alive consciousness and love are the five aspects of divinity.

See the table and chair over there, we think it is dead and it has no consciousness. But it is not true, everything is conscious. It is, asti, bhati, preeti, naam and roopa.

The world is all name and form. The consciousness is one step beyond which is formless yet remains in all the forms. And meditation is abiding in the self; experiencing the deep inner space. When you are in meditation you are connected to the infinite past, infinite future and the depth of the presence.