Yoga can be a question to be solved, or a mystery to be resolved.
Patañjali in his seminal text on meditation
discusses two primary paths for Dhyānam:
Jñana Yoga, the power of Ātma Vicāra
and Bhakti Yoga, the power of Japam.
Both lead towards the same goal.
It is merely the means that are different,
rather than the goal.
To help guide our Dhyānam Sādhana on either path,
the Indian tradition offers contemplative gems,
that are known collectively as Mahā Vakya.
They can express and re-mind us in a poetic way,
of the source of the eternal awareness within
the ephemeral flux of everyday experience.
The essence of either of the Dvi Mārga of meditation;
Jñana Dhyānam, the path of Ātma Vicāra,
or Bhakti Dhyānam, the path of Japam,
can be explored through an appropriate application
of a Mahā Vakya as a directional Bhāvana.
तत् त्वम् असि
tat tvam asi ॥
“That Thou Art”
from the Chāndogya Upaniṣat VI.8.7
Asi or thou ‘art‘ is the re-minder of what is real and
that even though we feel and think as a being, we ‘are‘
in reality, a profound conjunction of silhouette and source,
known as Asmitā or the sense of ‘I’ am-ness.