Tat Twam Asi-The otherness is also me
Satbir Singh Bedi | 02 Feb 2015

A man generally thinks that his parents are the best, his house is the best, his school is the best and his nation is the best. Generally, we are proud of our possessions and ourselves. I am also egoist and think that my articles are the best. If I feel angry, I feel that I had a right to be angry.

If I commit a mistake, I think that it is a human error. However, if somebody else is angry, then I feel that he should not be angry over such a trivial matter. If someone makes a mistake, it is unpardonable. If Dhoni dropped a catch, I was red with anger. If somebody gave a wrong fact in his article, I was furious. However, I did get a new glimpse in the matter when I read about Tat Twam Asi-The otherness is also me.

When I put myself in the shoes of the mistake maker, I was forced to rethink and come to the conclusion that perhaps it was a genuine mistake. When I put myself in the position of Dhoni, I just felt ashamed. I knew that I could not take even a very simple catch. I had thought that all Muslims should have left India at the time of partition of the country and gone to Pakistan but when I put myself in their place, I realised how hard it is to leave one's home and hearth, how difficult it is to become a refugee and live in refugee camps.

I changed my thoughts and dropped my idea of making India a Hindu nation wherein no Muslim lived. I then came to the conclusion that it must remain a multi-religious country. Tat Twam Asi really changed my views about many things.

I started appreciating the articles written by other scribes. When I put myself in the position of those who had made me angry, I just smiled. However, it is very difficult to practise Tat Twam Asi. It does put a lot of strain on your imagination.