Interpretation on Sanskrit words “So-hum and Koham”

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic


When we walk in the light, we see our shadow, but do we find real shadow-sides in our light of psychological enlightenment as well.

Here is a perspective from Mahatma Gandhi, who once said, “all life is one but when it comes to inner psychological being, we must be more wholesome unfortunately many people lack it or ignore it amidst our daily life”. The ignorance or unable to pay attention to this fact happens because we are naturally inclined to sustain life and our primary instinct or goal is to stay alive ourselves.

Suppose, what if all life is one? It means each individual is living ‘life’ once. Perhaps as individuals, we are all just vehicles. Vehicles are living out of ‘life’ because life demands to be lived. A vehicle can grow old physically, wither and die, but after the death of an individual vehicle, life itself continues, anew, and in others who are still living. So if all life is one, and we are all part of that one, you are that one, I am that one and everyone is that one too, then why would you care and fear about the death of the individual self, when, which is merely a vehicle?

Another beautiful interpretation of this concept is the Sanskrit mantra ‘so-hum,’ which loosely translates to ‘I am that,’ but is more accurately an expression of the self-being a part of the universal consciousness is a part of the universe and so does life.

Some say that when a child is born it cries Koham-Koham which means who am I? That is when the universe replies back Sohum. You are the same as I am.

We are separated by religion, caste, creed, ethnically and thought, only by ourselves. When such egos are relinquished, the thought ceases, then we know we are one.


Submitted: November 19, 2019

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