Guidance on Truth


We all know it is best to be honest and truthful in our dealings with others. But how often do people harbour thoughts that they would not like to be discovered? It’s best to try to think kind thoughts and thoughts which lead to honesty and openness.

Are you true to yourself? Do you listen to your heart and aim for what you know would be good and right for you, or do you act as a result of the pressure from others? Perhaps you try to keep up with other people and measure your own value in terms of material possessions. It would be better to look at your own spiritual accomplishments such as kindness, honesty and courage, and derive your greatest satisfaction from those achievements. Our story speaks of honesty, speaking the truth to others. If we can be trusted to speak the truth, and trust others to do the same then we all know where we stand, and life is so much simpler. Deceit and dishonesty lead to confusion and uncertainty.

Remember the yamas and niyamas. The truth is that, if you follow these, the path to happiness will be much clearer to you.

Now on to the bigger questions about ‘life, the universe, and everything’: At some time in their lives all people seek to know more about the meaning of their existence. Why are they here? Does God exist and if so what part does this God play in human life? These are universal questions for which the answers may be different for different people. What feels true for one person may not feel true for another. This is the nature of things on earth. Our story about the pebble is a universal truth.

We grow through our relationships with others. However, different cultures have come to different conclusions about aspects of life and death. When one person believes one thing and another believes something else, they may both be ‘right’. There is no ultimate truth to die for in these matters, though much slaughter has taken place in the name of religion in the past. Sadly this continues to happen all over the world even now.