Tamaso ma Jyotirgamaya: from Darkness to Light
Not just teach, but build souls
Ryan Baidya, Ph.D., and Anjali Kanojia, Ph.D.
Aizen Institute, Houston, TX, USA
Asato maa sad gamaya
Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa amritan gamaya
Aum shaanti shaanti shaanti
Lead us from falsehood to truth,
from the unreal to the Real,
from darkness to Light,
from death to Immortality.
Aum peace, peace, peace.
Brihdaranyaka Upanisada 1:3:27
Light is the Universal symbol of knowledge and understanding. Ancient literature often describes teachers as those whose role is to open minds to the vastness of myths and remove confusions which arise from myopia-ism, thus bringing clarity and light to difficult situations. The process of discrimination and enlightenment is also discussed in terms of removal of cobwebs of doubts and ushering in light in order to bring lucidity to the situation. The state of enlightenment too is often described as the state of full clarity and knowing, clear of all doubts.