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What Does "Tat Twam Asi" Mean?
Dear Brother Ron
What is your understanding of the phrase "Tat Twam Asi"?
"TAT TWAM ASI" - "Thou Art You" is the ultimate in human experience - an
experience that allows the external truth and fundamental reality to be
revealed through human realization.
"Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man", defines
Swami Vivekananda. Hence, the primary aim at Vivekananda School Of
Post-Graduate Studies (VSPGS) is to help both the students and the faculty
to realize the human potential in total. VSPGS has set four clear goals to
pervade the students' lives at the School and even beyond. These are:
To Comprehend reality as one whole
To develop value based relationships
To draw out potential from within
To develop passion for excellence
My problem with this is the attempt to bring this realization to students
from an external source. The goals set forth by the school are internal
goals and must be developed internally by communion with God, not through
lectures or materials from external sources.
Your friend is right. This is not a new idea. Jesus told us the same thing
two thousand years ago:
Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of
God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you.
Once you have fully internalized this truth, accomplishment of the listed
goals is easy.