Does being truthful give you inner strength?
Truth is vital in the nurturing of spirituality. Truth cannot be separated from spirituality. It is interesting and important to understand what makes one spiritual in one’s outlook and understanding. Unless these aspects are well cared for, one shall not be able to nurture the spirit and ascend towards reality.
The world around us is a conglomeration of our thoughts, notions and belief systems. It is this which adds up and gives us the experience of “my world”. Other than this, there is no other world. It should be understood that if there are 7 billion human beings on the planet, it essentially means 7 billion worlds intermingle with each other and not that there is just one world. Over and above the experiences of a personal world, which the senses make one experience, there is a subtle world, that adds up, to the cognition of the physical world. These subtle experiences are our deep rooted dogmas and mental constructs which heavily shape and even power the manifested world and make them “unfortunately” real, in our experience. The word “unfortunate” is deliberately used to highlight the “lie” aspect of the world. Based on our pre-conceived ideas and notions, “our world” starts manifesting, exactly the way we conceive it. For example, if we have an experience, to which we say, we never had any prior conception, it is not exactly true. Our conception is very deep-rooted. We, as individuals, hardly understand our own mental make-up and are largely unaware of the ghostly pre-conceptions that we harbor deep within ourselves.
The irony is that, we do not have a hang on ourselves. Our own personal history pre-dates the current body and hence, what lurks in the dark corners of our minds, is largely unknown. If this is the case, the world that is emergent all round us, is a manifestation of that unconscious aspect, projecting itself from within, which the imperfect senses falsely conceive. Hence a large part of our experience of the world is false. The perception of the world, then depends on the way the mind and senses distort the experience. This lie is to be distilled, through the higher cogitative faculties of intelligence that are also provided to us in addition to the cognitive ones. For a human being, there are many opportunities provided by Nature, to recognize truth through allusion of the higher faculties, the divine faculty of conscience that is ever awake and beckon man, towards higher goals, all the time.
With the calling of inner conscience, freedom is given to man, to choose; to decide his own fate. Destiny does exist, but destiny is not fatalistic by nature. There is the call of inner conscience and then there is the pull of the senses, to choose the shorter path of sense-engagement. Man has the option to create a world of make-believe, within this universe. This lower propensity is this world of lies. Man has the option to accept this world and drown himself in the muck of sensory-engagement and pleasure. This is the option of “Believing that which the senses show”. It stands for cooking up a story with the mind, seeing it and making do with that which the senses highlight, to be true. This is a life which is extremely short-sighted. It is based on the philosophy that this world of senses and sense-objects are only real. There exists no spirit or no world beyond that. There exists only this world which the eyes can see. So it would be a wise thing to create one’s own story here in this world and live in it; falsely accepting that there is no life beyond this one.
When such a feeling encroaches the mind, Truth is never researched. Since this is believed to be the only life, one tries to build a castle by any means right here. One does not then, bother about rules and character. One forgets the higher call of duty. One is then a person interested only in rights and dominion. This is a similar approach taken by the ancient Charavakas, a cult of ancient India. Charvaka, also called Lokayata (Sanskrit: “Worldly Ones”), was a philosophical Indian school of materialists who promptly rejected the notion of an after-world, karma, liberation (moksha), the authority of the sacred scriptures, the Vedas, and the immortality of the self. The world today, seems to adopt the very same philosophy on a grand scale. Most people are drugged with the lustre of this lack-lustre world and have lost sight of the infinitude that lies beyond this one, largely unexplored. The man without such a vision, is bound to suffer at the end of this body, certainly. So say the Vedic scriptures.