This video explains the concluding portion of Tattva Bodha, which does an analysis of the mahavakya (great statement) “Tat tvam asi (you are that)” found in the Chandogya Upanishad. This is the final video in the Tattva Bodha series. Thanks for watching! I will be taking a short break because I am in the process of doing a cross-country move from Arkansas to Oregon and once I get there me and my wife will need time to get settled in and find new jobs. But after that I will begin a new videos series on another Vedanta text, so keep checking back for updates.
If you have not watched the previous installments of this series, you can view them HERE.
Thank you for sharing brother…have many of your videos to listen and ponder and meditate on…wishing you and your wife all the best with the move and finding work. Pranams _/\_
You are most welcome. I’m glad the videos have been helpful.
Thank you for these very helpful videos. Wishing you and your wife all the best in the move and finding work. Pranams _/\_
Thank you very much!
A thorough and exact unfolding of the text with a keen sense of this listener’s need for repetition and emphasis. I keep relistening to the last 4 videos…. such gems…. and taught with conviction for us to know, I AM THAT. Awaiting your next teaching after you are settled in Oregon.
All the best to you both, Terry
Thanks Terry. Great to hear from you. All my best to you and your wife. New teachings are on the way 🙂
I am trying desperately to remove ignorance. You said that consciousness is independent.
In Zen, I have contemplated this understanding… which seems to make logical sense…
“Consciousness alone has no power to realize awareness. Consciousness needs an object, just as a mirror needs an object to be reflected upon it.”
Question: could this just be an issue of definition, or semantics… Because James S. uses the term ‘awareness’ (i assume, for a reason?)…
In other words, is it possible that this ‘zen’ teaching is using the terms consciousness and awareness to mean objective consciousness (for the jiva) and subjective consciousness i.e. (awareness/self)???
I understand… that this is zen… but from contemplative study of myself… I find this to be true (apparently).
awareness is understood through perceived consciousness, which can only manifest through the reflection of Isvara.
Any help/understanding of this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your teachings.
Sorry, I didn’t see this comment. I am not familiar with Zen, so I think I would be overstepping my bounds in assuming I understand what the above quotation means because I don’t know what their definition of ‘consciousness’ or ‘awareness’ is. Unfortunately, not all schools of Eastern thought use them interchangeably. Still, I’m interested in what your underlying doubt is. If you’d like to rephrase the question, please send me an email through the contact section of the website and I’ll be happy to see if I can help.