The Problem of Truth

The Problem of Truth, by Don Briddell

08/06/2012

How can truth be a problem?

The problem is to get to truth one has to reject everything that is untrue. We start this process right from birth and in the process of rejecting everything we become masters of the art of rejection. That has to be. In the Indian philosophical system of Vedanta, which is at the heart of much of Eastern civilization, it’s a revered practice called “Neti Neti”, which means “Not This, Not This”. In other words, the teaching is to find nothing we have thought to be reality, is real; hence truth is not reality, not this, nor that.

With a lifetime of discovering that truth is none of this, when truth presents itself, it is often missed. It just zips right by, tossed out like the baby with the bath water. Unless truth can stop the world when it appears we are going to discount it like we do everything else.

How do we know truth when it presents itself?

We know truth when we see that any other response, or opinion, or action, would only make things worse. The truth may not be the Grand Truth whereby God in a deep voice proclaims TRUTH. But little truths are good too. They lead to big truths. Never mind that the little truths may seem inferior, even wrong, from the perspective of the big truth. It was the little truth that got you to the big truth. That is what is important.

In yoga you start out with God having a form, such as Jesus, Krishna, Rama, etc. Then you see that everything is God, you, me, him, her, and all the its of the world. Then you see got as formless, indescribable or at least too vast a thing to be every described. That exulted vision of indescribability does not negate Jesus, Krishna or Rama. Not in the least. These great beings, Jesus, Krishna and the rest got you to God. Truth doesn’t come from untruth. Ignorance comes from untruth. He or she who helps you see the Grand Truth is truth.

2 comments

  1. Truth is subjective perhaps? The colour red is seen differently to the colour-blind from a “normal”-sighted individual; who when they announce the colour as to what they see it, is the holder of the truth of that colour?

    Heraclitus talks about following the “common”, which is to say follow how the Cosmos works, rather than the opinion of how you *think* the Cosmos works. Opinion is childrens toys, the “common” is for the adult.

  2. yes Don, I would agree with this; simple factual truth are to be considered, and when the logics downs’ t add up one knows for sure when “things are not true”.

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