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Inner Truth: The Meaning of Truth

Friday, 21 March 2014 - 6:10am IST Updated: Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 8:23pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The word satya (Truth) is derived from Sat which means ‘being’. Nothing is or exists in reality except Truth. That is why Sat or Truth is perhaps the most important name of God. On deeper thinking, it will be realised that Sat or Satya is the only correct and fully sign fact name for God.

And where there is Truth, there is also is knowledge which is true. Where there is no Truth, there can be no true knowledge. That is why the word Chit or knowledge is associated with the name of God. And where there is true knowledge, there is always bliss (Ananda). Devotion to this Truth is the sole justification for our existence.

All our activities should be centred on Truth. Generally speaking, observation of the law of Truth is understood merely to mean that we must speak the Truth. But there should be truth in thought, truth in speech, and truth in action. To the man who has realized this truth in its fullness, nothing else remains to be known, because all knowledge necessary is included in it.  

Truth should be the very breath of our life. When once this stage in the pilgrim’s progress is reached, all other rules of correct living will come without effort, and obedience to them will be instinctive. Without Truth, however, it is impossible to observe any principles or rules in life.

The author (1869-1948), was the apostle of non-violence and truth during the 20th century.


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