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Thursday, July 26, 2012

What is the Truth?

What is the truth?  What is the one most important fact in the world? 

Truth and facts have nothing to do with the physical world but rather about the innermost experiences of yourself.  An intellectual conception is not as significant or interesting as an experience that finds the truth within you - the true Being.  Reality lies within you, not outside of you.  Is it really impossible to have definite answers to questions that are thought to be incontestable?  Can an experience beyond consciousness and thoughts be described accurately with words?  Yes it can, it is possible to describe a subjective experience that is beyond consciousness and thoughts.  Let me explain.

The subjective world can be one of extreme clarity and beauty by going inside yourself, not outside. With all of the senses nullified one can exist in complete silence and go into a sea of tranquility, as it were, and then, and soon the answer will appear. The human mind likes to believe that there is a reason, a purpose for things to exist.  For example, we all want to believe that humans have a purpose for existing: that we are here to evolve into higher consciousness, that we are here to uncover the truth, or we are here to serve and worship a higher entity.  We are never at a loss for thinking up reasons for existing.

Without thought and without thinking one can go into deep tranquility and vividness and see that everything in the universe is interconnected and interplays synergistically - everything in this web affects everything else in one way or another.  However, this doesn't mean the interaction and connectedness has a purpose.  The whole thing is moving and changing within no change.  There is formless in the form, unchanging in the changing, and nameless in a name. 

Each person can reach his own conclusion by returning to the fundamental introspection of his own being and become totally aware of his own distinctiveness.  Subjective innermost personal experience is necessary for understanding the Absolute.  There is no other way.  All of the sciences, religions, material studies can never uncover the real truth of what is.

You cannot understand the truth until you have experienced it personally and inwardly.  You can fool yourself into thinking you know much more about who you are and why you exist, and so you over-estimate the process of thinking and believe that the mind will give you a true explanation.  But remember, the mind is wrong most of the time.  You cannot find the answer to the ultimate question, "Why am I," until you go beyond the mind and take possession of the innermost experience of yourself.

We cannot overlook the wisdom of the ancient sages such as the Upanishads who existed some 5,000 years ago.  The lived without modern conveniences but yet they wrote so eloquently about their inner most contemplations and findings that they are held in awe even today.

When the senses are stilled, when the mind is at rest, when the intellect wavers not - then, say the wise, is reached the highest state.  Katha Upanishad

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