ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND RELATIVE TRUTH
ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND RELATIVE TRUTH
We can discuss truth under two headings: Absolute Truth and relative truth
In Absolute Truth there is no second. The term Absolute is final, nothing beyond. So we can say God is Truth and Truth is God. This Truth is spelled with a capital T. There is nothing beyond God, Sat Purush. Since God is Absolute, all things in the universe, including us, are parts of God, termed projections or emanations of God. We arise out of God and return to God. This latter is called Moksha. Since God has no form, gender or location, then God is Universal Being, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Infinite, Indivisible and Eternal. God is then Supreme Consciousness or Cosmic Consciousness, of Universal Consciousness. When our relative consciousness merges into God’s Consciousness, then we cease to have our separate individuality. That is what Kabir Saheb Said, “jab mein tha tab hari nahin, ab hari hein mein nahin.” When you merge into God Consciousness, you become one with the universe. This is Moksha. Again he said, “chali jo putali non ki, thah sindhu ka len, aap gali pani bhayi, ulati kahe ko bain.” This is one of Kabir Saheb’s metaphors. A doll made of salt goes to measure the depth of the ocean. It dissolved and became the ocean. It cannot return to tell you anything.” When the soul realizes that it has merged with God, it cannot relate its experiences to you.
Brahm is a term for God, the Absolute. The universe was projected from Brahm by its power of Maya which you can read about. Brahm is Truth, everything else in not Truth. India’s great philosopher, Adi Shankara, nicely stated it as “brahm satyam, jagat mithya, atma brahm.” Brahm is Truth, the world (universe) is mithya, Atma is Brahm. Mithya means something is true one time but becomes untrue another time. All material things are changeable so they are mithya. God (Brahm) Soul and Consciousness are not changeable, therefore we know that they are TRUTH. Everything else is changeable, therefore are not TRUTH. They are Brahm as projections or reflections produced by Maya, that is the “creative energy” of Brahm. This is also Kabir Saheb’s Adhyatmic Gyan. This is Kabir Saheb’s Sahaj Samadhi. He sang, “santo sahaj samadhi bhali…”
Now, the other kind of truth is that which we use in our daily lives, to speak the truth, live the truth, etc. Truth for one person is not the truth for another person. Similarly the truth of sciences is different from the Truth that God is. It is contained in God’s relative world. You are familiar with “sun rises in the east.” But the sun does not rise, only the earth rotates from west to east, so it appears the sun is rising in the east. You can say the “sun is overhead.” But it is not true. The sun was overhead eight minutes ago, because it takes eight minutes for the sunlight to reach earth. The earth is not round. It is wider at the equator and somewhat flattened at the poles, due to its rotation. You can say you are a Fijian, then you move to Canada. You are no longer a Fijian. You change your name, religion, wishes, etc. and you can see that that this type of truth is not the Absolute Truth.
I hope that this throws some light on TRUTH and truth.
This discussion is for learning and not for criticism. May Kabir Saheb’s blessings be on all.
Satnam, Saheb Bandagi and blessings.
Dharmadhikari Dr. Jagessar Das
Ordained in 1976 by Sri Hazur Uditnam Saheb
Truth, Absolute Truth, relative truth, Brahm, Maya, consciousness, Adi Shankara