Perhaps the question “what is truth” can never be answered except in ones own heart.
When we become aware of what is not truth and our minds remain awake, perhaps we
will gradually see what is the true nature of everything and of life itself. The English
word “truth” does not seem to convey as much as some Sanskrit words.
A commonly used Sanskrit word tattva, means a thing as it is, not how it appears to be.
As the range of our senses is very limited, we cannot take it for granted that what our senses
perceive, is actual truth.
The range of our thoughts and of our minds is also limited. So our
concepts and opinions must never be equated with truth. What actually is, may be
something much more subtle and deep than what is perceivable to the senses and
There is said to be a deep concealing meaning, beauty and truth in each
and everything. So we cannot answer this question “what is truth”. When the mind
realizes that there are all these limitations and therefore we are not seeing
the truth, it should keep itself completely open, not concluding “this is the
It is easy to conclude when we see somebody else , this is so and so, he
or she is like this and that. But our idea may infact be quite wrong. Can we
keep our mind and heart completely open, without forming any conclusions,
without projecting images of them, so that our consciousness becomes more
sensitive to perceive the subtle and deep aspects of what ever we are with?
Then slowly we may get closer to the truth.
Throughout the ages man has struggled to understand the truth about his
own being and position in the universe. The desire to know has expressed itself
in very simple ways, such as wanting to understand what is behind a stormy night
with thunder and lightning, or questions about what is real and lasting, and why there is
Without these probing's and reflections human beings would not be human,
but would become like creatures engaged only in physical survival, and making the
best of doleful conditions in a world that they are unable to understand.
In approaching the road to truth, wisdom may lay in understanding its
connection with the enormous mystery of life. The researchers of science are
continuously making it clear that in the great and in the small, in the minutest
particle, as well as the vast spaces of the universe, there is a secret element,
a hidden mystery, which the mind of man cannot touch. Some decades ago a
scientist Edmund w. sinnot, wrote:
If we new what makes a pine tree grow from a pine seed, and stay
precisely a pine tree through all of its life, then we could come close to
knowing what life really is. Life is one, but it has infinite aspects, and it
continues on and on in endless dimensions. Truth, also is one and manifests in a
multitude of modes.
The clearer a persons perception is of the immeasurable depths of life,
then the more he realizes that there is no end to truth, and he knows, that what
he does not know is wise. The Buddha’s alone are awake to the totality of truth
because in their case the individual consciousness has become one with the
Truth, is the highest form of religions, because in it there are other
desirable things. Like peace, love and intelligence of the divine mind.
To come to that, it is necessary to be inwardly free from attachment to lessor
things and values in our lives. Therefore, devotion to truth involves “whole
heartedness” and renunciation of all personal aims and desires. This is the
extraordinary privilege of incarnating as a human being.
So we see the real truth is out there, but can our human minds be ready
to understand or perceive all of these truths? An expression I have read many
times, in many different books, is that the true knowledge that does exist is
the size of every grain of sand on every beach in the entire world. And yet our
human minds they say, are able to understand only one of these grains of
But lets keep searching for our truths, and let’s also understand that
there is much, much more truth out there that we are not entirely aware of. So
let’s keep an open mind, and remember, that there is a much bigger picture, in
all of our truths.