O Resplendent Supreme One,
Thou art the teacher of Truth
Bestower of the essence of ultimate knowledge
We humbly offer our obeisance to the universal spirit
Sakala Tatva Bodhakaya Namaha…
“What is truth?”
Jesus said ”the Kingdom of Heaven is like a hidden treasure and that to have it, one has to dig”. Lao Tsu was a philosopher in ancient China and the author of the Tao Te Ching. He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy. According to Chinese traditions, Lao Tsu lived in the 6th century B.C. In his own words: “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” Self-knowledge is all encompassing.
There are many words for the Supreme Being; it varies from one religion to the other. Tao in Chinese, Allah in Islam, Brahman in Hinduism, God in Christianity. These religions teach there is only one god as the Supreme Being. It is impossible to describe the supreme entity. One, which is beyond words, beyond expression and beyond our perception, which is infinite and vast, only can be experienced and felt within our deep soul! The Supreme Being is all around us, it is in and part of us. The Koran declares: ‘No vision can grasp Him!’ The supreme, Higher self, the Source, Absolute Consciousness, Absolute truth, the Holy Spirit, the Inner Nature of Man, the creator, the universal self..all are meager attempt to express the form which is formless, the one which is beyond our physical and material grasp. Yet is aligned within as the vortex of energy as the replica of the cosmic consciousness. In Native America it is described as the Void.“I am in you, with you, above you, below you.’(Sathya Sai Baba)
During the formation of classical Western thought and philosophy, the Romans adopted Know Thyself and the Latin nosce te ipsum became the standard expression in the West of this universal adage. It subsequently appeared in all golden moments of literature, such as the English golden age of theatre in Shakespeare‘s time and the Sufi golden age of Rumi. In more recent history, the call to self-knowledge appears in the eighteenth century under the pen of Alexander Pope and then again in the nineteenth century when, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Samuel Coleridge adopt it. Walt Whitman wrote his Song of Myself with the same spirit of having sought and found the hidden treasure of self-knowledge. Prashna Upanishad speaks of two sciences: spiritual and material, Para and Apara. Para vidya is spirituality and apara vidya is materialism. It is difficult to reconcile the two. To experience the Para we need to get connected to the source as Paramatma.
The highest truth is following the atman..
The source is the atman and the goal it is indeed!
Once the path is chosen, it demands on the journey of travelling,
Unveiling the untruth and projecting a life of truth in parlance to the atmic dharma
To be immersed in the highest wisdom of Brahma Jnana and absorb in the solidarity,
Allows the soul to reach its destiny!
The Zen master walks in his inner garden, alone. There are no thoughts. Only truth light peace joy bliss surround the inner portal. There are only the flowers.
“The Gita advises everyone to adopt unoffensive speech, which is truthful, pleasant and beneficial. During the practice of the Sadhana of truth, at times, it may become necessary to reveal an unpleasant truth. At those moments, you must soften and sweeten its impact by consciously charging it with love, sympathy, and understanding. Help ever hurt never- that is the maxim. Revere truth as your very breath. Your promises are sacred bonds. Never break the vow of truth. The only obstruction to practicing truth anyone will face, is selfishness. Give up selfishness, adhere to truth and selfless love, let your heart be attuned to truth and the mind saturated with love. The triple purity- speech free from the pollution of falsehood, mind free from the taint of passionate desire or hatred, and the body free from the poison of violence- must be taken up by everyone as ideals and lived in accordance with.”(Sathya Sai Baba)
“Can one know oneself?” wondered the French poetess George Sand. “Is one ever somebody?” “When will I ever see that Am that I Am?” lamented the poet Rumi. Scores of poets and philosophers dedicated their lives to inquiring about the Self, seeking its elusive mysteries, digging deep to unearth that hidden stone without which all construction would be in vain. “I have an inner self of which I was ignorant,” confesses the Bohemian–Austrian poet Rilke in his diary, while the ninety-year-old art-historian Bernard Berenson tells a different story:
Yet, who is the real I, where does He hide from me? I know who he is not, but how and what and if at all HE is, I have never discovered although for more than seventy years I have been looking for him. Plato (424/423 BC – 348/347 BC), was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, said: “The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge,” Thales of Miletus (c. 624 BC – c. 546 BC), a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher and one of the seven sages of Greece. Aristotle regards him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition. In his own words, “The most difficult thing in life is, to know yourself”. Hermann Hesse poignantly speaks about the self, the highest truth, as “I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self why was that so very difficult?” The Katha Upanishad expresses: “The Self is the goal of life; attain this goal. Those who know the Self become the Self.” Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism originating in China during the 6th century AD.
From China, Zen spread to Vietnam, Korea and Japan. The word Zen is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyana, which is approximately translated as “absorption” or “meditative state”. Zen emphasizes practical wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment. The teachings of Zen include the Prajnaparamita literature, Madhyamaka, Yogacara and the Tathagatagarbha Sutras:
The Self is the goal of life; attain this goal.
Those who know the Self become the Self.
“There is in everyone a spark of truth; no one can live without that spark. There is in everyone a flame of love; life becomes a dark void without it. That spark that flame is God, for, He is the source of all truth and all love. Man seeks truth. He seeks to know the reality because his very nature is derived from God, who is truth. He seeks love, to give it and share it, for his nature is of God, and God is love.” All traditions of liberation including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Mysticism, and Christianity have emphasized more or less that our ordinary self is limited and deluded. It is said we own ourselves by disowning ourselves. According to Zen doctrine,” you should burn yourselves completely.. then all dualistic thinking and all the problems of life will vanish. In Zenrin Kushu it is mentioned, ”to save lives, it must be destroyed. When utterly destroyed, one dwells for the first time in peace.”
Jivo Brahmaiva Na Parah
God alone is real, the world is illusory. The individual is none other than God. Although Brahman is beyond depiction, the Rishis of yore declared, based on their personal experience, that it could best be described as sat-chit-ananda. Sat is existence pure and absolute. Chit means knowledge, or consciousness, pure and absolute. Ananda means bliss, pure and absolute.
Our true nature is pure existence, knowledge and bliss. Deep within we are aware of it and the soul purpose of getting connected to goodness beauty purity lifts us beyond the body consciousness and we achieve higher state of awareness. We experience the supreme joy, which is beyond any limitation and is eternal in spirit. We have an infinite thirst for knowledge and constant yearning to experience joy.
Yoga is searching within the happiness in the Self, the atman, instead of outside us, in the sense objects. Following the inner path guided by truth as light and reaching the state of cosmic love and oneness is the highest goal. Within the inner portal peace expands as supreme delight. A human being is part of the whole called by us universe … We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. (Albert Einstein)
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
(‘Song of Myself’- Walt Whitman)
“Be ye lamps unto yourselves. Rely on yourselves, and do not rely on external help. Hold fast to the truth as a lamp. Seek salvation alone in the truth. Look not for assistance to any one besides yourselves.” (Gautama Buddha)