by Aranyakananda

Have you ever noticed that when precipitation falls from the sky, we say “it is raining” or “it is snowing”? We could, if we had time to lollygag, say “precipitation is falling from the sky”. We certainly don’t say “the sky is raining.”

When the temperature rises, we say “it is hot out today” and when the temperature falls, “it is cold out today.” We don’t say “The air is hot” or “the air is cold.” I mean those phrases do occur but not really. And even if we did say “The sun is hot today”, we wouldn’t, in opposite conditions say “the sun is cold today.” That makes no sense. So “it” must be something else.

Though the Upanishads go to great lengths in explaining, tell me: What is raining? What is snowing? What is hot? What is cold? I am not asking you for the definitions of those terms. I am asking you to consider what is doing those things.

Jai Hari Aum

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1 Response to It

  1. Dhrishti says:

    I think more than anything, this is just how things developed linguistically. There are languages with no “it” equivalent, and in those languages people actually say “he” is raining or “she” is raining – depending on whether the clouds or the sky or the weather – whatever they consider to be doing any action – are considered to be masculine or feminine.

    Certainly, from a spiritual/philosophical perspective It is the only thing ever doing anything. I appreciate the this post and deeper vision that can be found in the English language’s upanishadic word “it.”

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