You Are It

I’ve been digging into Joseph Campbell lectures this week. One specific phrase caught my attention:

Tat Tvam Asi, or “you are it.”

In Hinduism, this helps associate the self with the “Absolute.” Being raised Catholic, I’ve been taught that God created us in his likeness, so while we are of God, we are not God.

Tat Tvam Asi is a dense phrase. A quick Google search reveals hundreds of varying interpretations, some of which are conflicting.

For me, being unfamiliar with Hinduism, and entirely uninitiated, the phrase represents a shift from otherness to oneness. It’s a perspective that can quickly changes the way we move through this life.


Tom Tate

I'm a suburban polymath living just outside Philadelphia with my wonderful wife and three kids. Digital marketing nerd for a SaaS company by day. Rabid movie, music, game, and book consumer by morning, noon, and night. I share life hacks and learnings via email at Weekly Coffee. I also host Power Time Podcast, a Nintendo retrospective. Sometimes I write stuff. Most of the time, it's on the internet.