Tat signifies the ownership and end beneficiary to which all our actions are directed. Being embodied with our senses, we start believing that we are the cause and end consumer of all out actions. We forget that we are just a channel in the larger design of the universe, just as every other creation is. Tat helps us put the focus back on Principal-Agent relationship that we enjoy in discovering the true beneficiary of each act , beyond what is apparent to the eye.
Tat therefore signifies abject surrender to the Divine and acknowledgement of us being just a manifestation of the karma, leaving our imprint as the carrier, rather than the owner of the act.
Tat means “him” in Sanskrit, and affixing Tat to all our deeds (hopefully triggered with Om), we appropriate and surrender all our acts to Him and His creation. We no longer identify ourselves as the creator of the act, as also relieve ourselves of the expectation to consume the fruits of labour from that act. We relegate ourselves to be a mere channel in doing the act, as per our capability and instincts.
In the context of Om-Tat-Sat, Tat detaches ourselves from the temptation, friction, conflict,, desires and trappings associated with the act. It empowers us to discover our identity that is separate from the act-or. The practical outcomes of believing in the philosophy of Tat are as follows:
- I do not own the act – We start acknowledging that we do not start, own or cause an act. Even as we cook food, drive a car, lead a team or write a book, we stop seeing ourselves at the centre of the act committed by us. We begin toe see the purpose behind the act and the real trigger as to why the act took place. As we relinquish the authority associated with the act, we become more humble, grounded, transparent and malleable.
- I do not consume the act – We detach ourselves from the outcome and therefore are less affected by the conflicts, temptations, desires or prejudices associated with the act. Having done our part, we stop expecting the returns from the act. This is even true for seemingly contradictory situations like writing an exam. A student who writes an exam, does not do to pass the test as an end, but to avail of the opportunities once you pass the test. Each of those opportunities in turn, are stepping stones for larger acts, beyond each milestone. We therefore stop focusing on the returns from the act, rather start concentrating upon our abilities to move to the next act – result form the last act notwithstanding. We learn that life does not stop after failing the test, not does it stop after passing the test. There is always a next act-in-line, once we cease to get consumed by the act.
- I train on becoming efficient – Once we disown our status as the originator or consumer of the act, our attention moves to how best can we deliver the act. If we are just a channel, we start paying attention to keeping the channel clean, unclogged, available and accessible at all times. Who likes a courier that delays delivery? This thought alone has become the guiding beacon for self help and actualization. Once we see ourselves as pure courier agents to deliver the tasks for Him, because all our acts are “addressed” to Him, we endeavor to ace our game and be best at it.
Tat therefore reincarnates all of us as agents in Divinity and helps us detach from the success, failure, prestige, shame associated with the act. Far from shunning responsibility, believing in Tat makes us more responsible in executing our tasks to the best of our ability, only to assume future tasks, where the previous task was just a stepping stone.