What is “That” and Why am I “That”?

 

MONTE

I read in the ancient Yoga texts “I am That”.

I know what “I” am.

But what is “That”

And why am I “That”?

 

BOB

Are you sure you know who you are?

You only know who you are

When you know what “That” is

Because “I am That”

Is the meaning of Yoga.

 

MONTE

Now I’m even more confused.

How can I understand “I am That”?

 

BOB

Suppose a meteor hit the earth tomorrow

And destroyed all humanity

As once happened to the dinosaurs.

What would it say about Yoga?

What would it say about our most cherished beliefs?

 

MONTE

It would be the end of belief

And make a mockery of Yoga

Because the sages say we are immortal.

 

BOB

If a meteor stuck the earth

And destroyed all humanity

Our essential Selves would remain unchanged

Because we are one with the universe.  

We can identify as much with the meteor

As with our physical selves.

 

We can identify with the vast expanse of space

From which the meteor emerged

And with the supreme undivided cosmic consciousness

Which caused it to hurtle toward earth.

 

We ARE the infinite unknowable life-force of the universe

And we continue on as part of 

“That” unfathomable divine consciousness 

Even if all our bodies perish.

 

MONTE

I AM “That”!

 

BOB

“That” is ALL.


7 Responses to “What is “That” and Why am I “That”?”

  1. Oh, yes!!! Or should I say, OM, yes!! Beautiful prose. Purr. :)

  2. Thank you, Breanna.

  3. Wow am I literally the first comment to this great read!

  4. Hi, Dana. There have been a great many readers, but I guess they’ve all been too stunned to comment! Thanks for writing. Are you following “Gita Talk” on Elephant Journal? http://bit.ly/a3oJYm

  5. Beautiful, Bob! Thank you for sharing. There is not much to else to say for just as you so succinctly put it “THAT is all.”

    The line above “I know what I am” reminded me of this Alan Watts excerpt titled “I.” Here is a YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAVM_Xk_o9E&feature=related

    Thanks again,
    Lindsay

  6. Thanks Ashville. Glad you liked it. Enjoyed the Watts link, too.

  7. We’re also the meteor itself that destroyed us… THAT works your brain a little too, and my favorite way of saying it comes from, guess who, Swami Sivananda:
    Do not hate the evil-hearted, the jealous and the selfish. It is they who promote your salvation.

    Or, in this case, a meteor…

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