Those who begin on their spiritual paths constantly wonder how to find the Truth in the present times. Looking around us, we find many movements, many organisations, many religions, each purporting to hold the ultimate Truth. Which of these is the correct Truth? This is the eternal daunting question that drives so many seekers to eventually give up all hope. Those who do not yield too soon have to struggle and sift carefully through all the individual teachings in search of the supreme but elusive Truth. In the process, many get lost in the myriads of doctrines, theological assertions and religious debates, without really having a clearer picture ahead of us.
How then can we find the Truth? Is there a standard by which we can discern clearly what is Truth and what is false? And finally at the crux of the matter, this question arises that bothers seekers the most - does the Truth even exist at all?
On most occasions, genuine seekers get told by those "who know" that there is no such thing as the perfect Truth, that it is a waste of time searching for It when there are more important things to do. But this piece of well-intended advice only fosters the great spiritual decline of mankind. Humanity prefers to hold onto that which is tangible to them, they feel comfortable with looking solely after the material aspect of their lives, without thinking any further about what happens when this earth-life is over.
For seekers, the best consolation then becomes: "All religions contain the Truth, but only different forms of the Truth - whichever Truth you choose is the right one for you." While this sounds pleasing to the ears, and is in any case something that can ostensibly bring about peace between different religions, the fact remains that the Truth is clear, visible and unique. There can only be one Truth, because this is contained in the very word "Truth"! If there are contradictions in the various purported "forms" of the Truth, this is clear enough proof that not all of them are the correct forms of the Truth!
For instance one "Truth" may assert that reincarnation cannot take place, backed up by its own intellectual reasoning, and another "Truth" asserts to the contrary. Can both of these then be different forms of the same Truth? Perfect logic and objectivity would lead to the definite answer: "no"! Why? Because there is clearly a direct contradiction between these two "Truths" leading one to believe that one of these schools of thought is wrong! The earth is either round or flat, it cannot be both! Similarly the Truth either is or is not!
The Truth is always complete. It gives a clear picture of everything in Creation without a single gap in the structure. Once the Truth has been recognised, the seeker will be able to see every happening of Creation in It. In this way, the seeker will also have made contact with his Creator - his God!
For this reason, Gandhi taught that "Truth is God". For the Truth comes from God, from the Living Source Himself! Only in this way can Truth be Eternal and Perfect. He who finds the Living Truth has automatically found his Maker and has no need of the bondage of religion.
However, finding this mysteriously elusive Truth appears to be quite a challenge! The preceding arguments in this essay point to the existence of the Creator, of GOD Himself. This is the first conception that seekers will have to grapple with, if they wish to find the Truth.
If one does not believe in God, then one cannot call oneself a seeker of the Truth. The beauty of this Creation around us itself presupposes the existence of the Almighty, i.e. of a Source of Life from which all other life could come into existence. If one cannot believe in the existence of a Primordial Source of Power and Life, how can one then claim to be a seeker? The belief in Him is fundamental to all seeking. No Truth without a perfect God and no God without a perfect Truth!
This then becomes the Supreme Premise: God exists and He is Perfect in every way!
Only he who delves deeply into this statement will find the Living Truth Itself. For if this premise is correct, then it means that whatever we believe with respect to Him and His Works must be perfect (even if we ourselves have not become perfect). If there is but one belief of all our beliefs and convictions that does not testify to the Perfection of the Eternal One, then this particular belief cannot be correct and must be weeded out, excised completely, so that it may not defile our personal conviction.
We must therefore do the work in sifting carefully through all that we have been taught from childhood, knowing that God exists and is Perfect in every way! Then every doctrine or philosophy that cannot testify to this Supreme Premise will fall away of itself naturally. In the process, we will also find the right Path - the Living Source of Truth Itself - by building upon this Supreme Premise.
There is only one such Source on this planet - a Book that conveys to all mankind the Knowledge of Creation as it really is. In this Book, the perfect picture of the Working of the Almighty through His Eternal Laws is painted in such a way that not a single gap is left behind for the seeker! Everything, which till then was confined to mere tradition or doctrine, suddenly comes to life as it really is within the soul of the seeker. With this comes not just belief, but a truly living conviction, thorough and complete!
In this manner, those who are in earnest will find the Truth - the Holy Grail, the luminous goal of all Creation!
Copyright 2004 by R. M. Duraisamy. All rights reserved. Used with author's permission.