The truth about truth.
I solemnly swear that I will be telling the truth and nothing but the truth.
You have heard the words before from numerous people. I swear by so and so that I am telling you the truth!
And do you believe in those words?
Do you believe in the words of a confirmed thief that he hasn’t robbed someone?
Do you believe in the words of a politician when he swears by a holy book?
Would you trust a husband when he says he is truthful to his wife when his name was found on the recently leaked dating website?
Would you trust your son who was found with his hand in the cookie jar?
Would you trust your eyes when you go for a magic show?
At all times the answer is no!
Then why does a person say I trust you? When they know very well that there isn’t anyone in this world who can be trusted.
We always tend to give the benefit of doubt to others. But we are not even sure whether they are telling the truth or not.
In a sensational murder case the couple were arrested because of incriminating evidence. But then they are continuously swearing their innocence. Who can tell what is the truth?
The word truth is based on certain external factors which assert the happening of the incident. Let us check here with some examples.
When institutions ask for capitation fees or donations, do you believe that they deserve those funds? No! You know it is by coercion that you are paying up because you want your kid to study there since it is a reputed institute. So what is the truth?
Again, when you are electing a representative for your government, are you absolutely sure the candidate you are electing is truthful? Or are you forced to choose between two Devils? You know very well you never had a choice but you are forced to select between one lesser evil. So what happened to the truth here? Are you truthful or are you consensual?
Now let’s check out fruit drinks that we get in our stores. Their top contents are water and sugar with minimum quantity of some fruit pulp. Now can you say these are fruit juices or sugar water? Isn’t it like our milk? Are milk solids added to water or water added to pure milk? You tell me how would you call these things pure or true?
If everything in this world is impure and contaminated, then what about relationships? Are any relationships truly real or just make believe? A couple swears by each other and talk of fidelity. But both of them have had earlier relationships with different people. It has been scientifically proved that DNA of a child born, after having relationships other than those of so-called real parents, contains residual DNA from previous partners. So now tell me how can the child be yours when there is residual DNA from previous partners? So what is the truth here? Whose child is it?
In spiritual world, the sage knows the truth and doesn’t say anything at all. Look at Jesus who knew the falsehood of Judas and yet continued to wash his feet. He knew that Peter would betray Him and yet never objected or said anything to him. He allowed the incident to happen.
Now look at Buddha. He knew that the disciple in whose house He was having His last meal had poisoned Him and yet continued to have it. He knew the murder of Ananda was happening and yet didn’t say anything at all.
The third story is of Krsna who knew about the imminent death of the entire Yadu clan. Yet, Krsna proceeded to go towards Prabhasa. He knew how the death of His brother Balarama and sons, grandsons and other relatives were scheduled. Krsna knew about His own impending death at the hands of the fisherman. Knowing the truth, He remained silent.
Knowing the truth, why do these divine beings not rectify the path or move away from it? Are they doomsday Sayers or masochistic in nature? Not at all. They know the truth but that is only the material worldly truth. It is concocted and not real. They know the body is perishable and not real. The spirit or the soul is real. Any action of any kind is not true. Only the gunas or nature perform in the gunas. The real you is not the doer.
The third D of spirituality is called Discrimination which means knowing the real from the unreal. Know that God only is real and the rest is unreal. The real is the Supreme Divine Consciousness and not any tangible entity.
So now understand why the sages become silent when someone swears that they are innocent or truthful. They know that nothing is real or true. Everything in this material world is unreal. Only God is the truth.
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