Paths to Truth

Updated: Apr 8


Most of us are in search for the truth, whatever that means.

The meaning of truth differs for different people and differs for the same being at different times.


There are three paths to discover the truth of reality. One is the scientific approach, the second is the logical approach, the third is the spiritual approach.


The scientific mind will experiment, and test repeatedly in the objective world. Only when there is proof, the scientific mind accepts.


The logical mind, by using philosophy, evaluating pros and cons, reasons out the truth and conclusions are drawn. No testing is carried out. The entire exercise is subjective and in the mind.


The spiritual approach, where one experiences the truth. They often know not why it is so, but it is.


Scientific approach is of the material world and the exterior, it deals with the objective. In this category belong great people like Newton, Aryabhatta, Ramanujan.

The logical approach is pure mind work and it deals with the subjective and is of the interior. In this category belong Socrates, Kautaliya and Einstein.


The spiritual is the link between the interior of our existence and the exterior world in which we exist. Linking our being and our world, and in this category belong Guru Nanak, Gautam Buddha, Jesus, Kabir Das, etc.


Every individual has a natural inclination and sometimes the gift of teaching and guiding others. Some go the scientific route, some logical and some spiritual. And so also it is with learners.


The scientists often laugh at the spiritual and the logical people for their lack of hard facts and truth.

The philosopher thinks the scientist blind in his arrogance, and the spiritual being as a fake.


The truly spiritual being, simply smiles in bliss and says nothing about others. He or she simply knows.


We are like water, each one a droplet. We take birth springing out along with other droplets of water soon to form a stream. Soon streams merge to form rivulets and they in turn become the river.

Some rivers flow almost straight some wind their way forward. Some rivers flow east, others flow west. Thousands of rivers known by a million names some mighty and some little but all will eventually flow into the ocean where no one can describe which water came from which river.


Each droplet with all its arrogance will eventually return to the ocean. Who knows which drop is right and which is wrong, which is greater. No drop is insignificant but none is also eternally significant.


So it is with each individual and our truths Each one originating from the same ocean as a droplet and returning to the ocean through a long journey back to the ocean.


Truth is so evident and yet so elusive. It is like the air, we cannot grasp it with our hands and minds. It can only breathed in and experienced.

 

Note: I am grateful to my elders and various friends and teachers who taught me so much and help me awaken even if so little.

 

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