Tat [literally, That] is the opening syllable of the Gāyatrī Mantra of the Rig Veda Saṁhitā [3.62.10], the preeminent Mantra in the oldest text in the Vedic canon.

Siddhartha Gautama’s chosen name for himself was not as ‘The Buddha’ [a later appellation] but as the Tat-āgathā, the same ‘Tat‘ of the Rig Veda.

As a young man, I rendered the Mantra, invoked the deities, awoke the gods each day at sunrise. The observance of my orthopraxis. Less young, I stopped the ritual.

This, is a reclamation of That.

A dedication, a deep gasshō, to every unarmed hunter who follows ‘The Great Doubt’ wherever it may lead. And dares to stare the Bear in the eye.

Ya Evam Veda…’He who knows thus, knows’.

S. R. Aiyer


Note: ‘The Natural Limit of Inquiry’ [Print Edition, 2004], well-received as it was, stops-short by an inch. It took me another dozen years to cross it. Much of the material in the early Posts draws from the initial drafts [1999] and the book’s pages.

The Site went public on Thanksgiving Day, 2018 [Kārtikai 2,580]. The Posts are back-dated one year. The Post-Date is not important; the sequence is.

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