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Yoga Basics News  •  No. 175  •  May 28, 2015  



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From the Founder

Tat tvam asi (thou art that) is one of yoga’s seven Mahavakyas, the great aphorisms that encapsulate the breadth and depth of yogic philosophy. Tat tvam asi is one of the most famous statements in the ancient Upanishads, and is the most essential teaching of yoga: that we are one with the entire cosmos.

To realize this aphorism we must let go of the false separation between our atman, inner soul or spirit, and brahman, the oneness of all things. To do this requires a dissolution of ahamkara, the I-maker or ego, and asks us to connect deeply with our own inner essence and the all-pervading substrate of the universe. This is certainly not an easy task, but this Mahavakya provides a starting point for deep contemplation and inner exploration, while encouraging us to let go of ego-centric stories that cause us (and others) so much suffering.

  

Timothy Burgin
Founder & Executive Director
YogaBasics.com

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