"Isn't there a danger, sir, of repeating something not knowing what it means?

'Tat Tvam Asi'.

What does it mean, actually?

'I am that or Thou art that'.

One can say, 'I am the river'.

That river that has got tremendous volume behind it of water, moving, restless, pushing on and on, through many countries and so on.

I can say, 'I am that river'.

That would be equally valid as, 'I am Brahman'.

Why do we say, 'I am that' and not the river, or the poor man, or the man that has no capacity, no intelligence, dull, this dullness brought about by heredity, by poverty, by degradation, and all that! Why don't we say, 'I am that also'?

Why do we always attach ourselves to something which we suppose to be the highest?

Can a conditioned mind, can a mind that is small, petty, narrow, living on superficial entertainments, can that know or conceive, or understand, or feel, or observe the unconditioned?"