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Are there nine methods of teaching Mahavakya - tat tvam asi
« on: December 01, 2012, 05:20:47 PM »

Madhavaswai, Sri Bhagavan's attendant: Are there nine methods of teaching the Mahavakya tat tvam asi in Chandogya Upanishad?

Maharshi: No.  Not so. The method is only one. Uddalaka started teaching Sat eva Somya ... (There is only Being...) illustrating it with
Svetaketu's fast.

1. Sat, the Being in the individual, is made obvious by the fast.

2. This Sat  (Being) similar in all, as honey gathered from different flowers.

3. There is no difference in the Sat of the individuals as illustrated by the deep sleep. The question arises -- if so, 'why does each
know it in sleep?

4. Because the individuality is lost. There is only Sat left. Illustration: rivers lost in the ocean. If lost, is there Sat?

5. Surely - as when a tree is pruned it grows again. That is a sure sign of its life. But is it there in dormant condition?

6. Yes, take the instance of salt and water. The presence of salt in water is subtle. Though invisible to the eye, it is recognized
by other senses. How is one to know it? What is the other means?

7. By inquiry. as the man left in the Gandhara forest regained his home.

8. In evolution and involution, in manifestation and resolution, Sat alone exists. Tejah parsyam, devatayam (the light merges in 
the Supreme,

9. An insincere man is hurt by the touch of fire test. His insincerity is brought out by the fire. Sincerity is self evident. A true man
or a realized man remains happy, without being affected by the false appearances  (namely the world, birth and death etc.,) whereas
false or ignorant man is miserable.

Arunachala Siva.