Example of Scriptural Basis of Truth – Sanaatan Dharm Series

Example of Scriptural Basis of Truth – Sanaatan Dharm Series

 

सत्येन वायुरावाति सत्येनादित्यो रोचते दिवि सत्यं वाचः प्रतिष्ठा सत्ये सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितं तस्मात्सत्यं परमं वदन्ति ||

 

{Anuvaak 79, Mahanarayan Upanishad}

 

 

By Truth, the wind blows. By Truth the sun shines in the sky. Truth is the foundation of speech. Everything in practical life depends on truth. Therefore, they say Truth is the supreme means of liberation

 

 

 

These words above are from our scriptures; and this verse is just one among many that speaks of truth, its importance and its supremacy. In July this year,  I had shared another, also from the Mahanarayan Upanishad; The Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta also lays great emphasis on the importance and irreducible minimal requirement of Satyabhaashan, among other favourable attributes. These are all supportive of the need of being completely truthful in life… something that any number of us, perhaps self included, find a difficult challenge. The objective of sharing is two-fold; a reminder to self, as well as a genuine attempt to introduce the incredible magnetic beauty in our literary history to those among you who are interested in these aspects.

 

In further writings, I will try and go deeper, dig deeper into what it means to be truthful in the modern world – identify specifics of modern challenges while finding ways to stick to the path ; as well as introduce other verses I come across in my readings into our magnificent scriptures. For now, suffice it to state that the truthfulness of a person is a defined religious, scriptural parameter – established through at least two verses so far on my blog. In my opinion, our scriptures can teach us a lot; all it needs is for us to be willing learners. For too long, we have not actually read our scriptures – they are a treasure trove of knowledge, dnyaan, and learnings. This is just one small aspect that I have picked on to start my content creation; there is so much more to them…

 

By speaking the truth – my interpretation, based on these two verses above, and The Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta {to be taken up specifically in other articles later on} – is that we need to be completely truthful.; every word that escapes our lips cannot be anything less than the unvarnished absolute truth, whatever the situation. Easy to do –no. But no one said following the path of the scriptures is going to be easy. Neither is it my claim that I have succeeded; I am not acting holier than thou. I am just a learner, just like yourself – dear reader.

 

In the modern world, especially so, this is no mean feat. We may be pulled to tell a lesser version, a more palatable soft lie, or just plain survival instinct will force us to lie. Either lie, or not tell the truth, or keep silent – whatever. There will be situations when even keeping silent will do damage to innocents. Every time we lie, we cause hurt & damage to an innocent; this is an absolute. Sure – we may gain, or save our losses; but this is at the cost of a more deserving gainer, who lost because you lied. By lying, we thus create Karmic deeds that need to be atoned for.

 

Think about that for a small moment. And then try and think – was there / is there a way I can not tell a lie, as well as avoid karmic damage to self, and material / other damage to the others? Again – this is not an easy path, for the path of truth is immediately on a near term a difficult one to traverse, whereas lies are advantageous in the near term. But while the path of lies is easier for you – it causes hurt and/or damage to others. Why should others pay needlessly for your benefit? It could be something large, or something inconsequential, like a small lie committing your friend you will visit. Whatever it may be – let it be the absolute truth. Even to the extent of saying – I will come to a friend; and then  actually visit. If you don’t want to – don’t say it. Every word you utter, mean it. Else, if you cant – keep your silence… which is a far better alternative to telling lies…

Vishal Kale
Vishal Kale

Vishal Kale is a cross-functional business head leading 9 branches with expertise in setting up new products and processes across geographies. He is a passionate blogger -received the Indian Top Blogger badge for 3 years running now as well as a top-5 nominee in Blogadda Awards Win15. He is also an Associate Columnist with the Indian Economist, an unpaid position of freelance contribution, diversified work experience, combined with Business, Management and Economics. Book Reviewing helped him in Content Creation and enables him to add value in organizations as well as contribute in a variety of situations and challenges, and have an indepth knowledge of at least 3 industries. He writes on Sanaatan Dharm, Life Philosophy. He has a daily reading habit of Scriptures and his own self-introspection. He also reviews very select top Marathi movies.

1 comment so far

Shweta Pathak Posted on1:34 pm - Dec 9, 2018

Truth…seems like a word from old times, for, the definition of modern day ‘truth’ has changed completely. True that if practised, truth brings the struggle to your life and the tolerance of struggle for modern day human being is ever reducing. I wonder how to stick to the path when there is so much ‘negative motivation’ around to not follow the path of truth

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