Truth is Universal
By Express News Service | Published: 23rd March 2015 06:03 AM |
We don’t need to change our beliefs in order to understand this underlying, unifying Truth. Let us remain different so far as our belief, caste, and rituals are concerned.
There’s an interesting story about four thirsty people who went in search of water. The four people from different places spoke four different languages-for water, one called it ‘Jal’, another ‘Water’, the third one ‘Paani’ and the fourth one ‘Thannee’. Trying to converse with each other, they didn’t realize all of them were thirsty and wanted the same thing to quench their thirst. Quite soon, they were fighting over where to find what they thought were different needs. At this point, a fifth person who understood their needs came into their midst and guided them to a nearby lake. Seeing the water, the four stopped bickering and ran to the banks, drank the water together and quenched their thirst.
I find this parable interesting because it explains God so well. God is known by different names-Allah, Christ, Krishna and so many names. Despite the different names, God is one and the same thing-depending on the language and states of mind. Once we have the spiritual knowledge, we realise that what everyone seeks is the same thing though the names may be different. We don’t need to change our beliefs in order to understand this underlying, unifying Truth. Let us remain different so far as our belief, caste, and rituals are concerned; like a garden that has myriad flowers-roses, jasmines, lilies and many other flowers blooming in total harmony.
The Rig Veda, which is more than 2000 years old, says ‘Ekam Sat, Viprah Bahudaa Vadanti’ meaning ‘The Truth, is One. The wise call it by many names’. Along the course of history, many seers, saints, and wise ones have shown us the way to that one Truth in different ways. In all these paths to the same goal, these wise ones have demonstrated that love is the paramount emotion underlying all spiritual progress. This truth gets forgotten sometimes when we behave and act like horses with blinders. There is no sense in bickering with each other, because the Truth is one. When everyone realises, that the Truth they are searching for is one and the same, what remains is to drink in the joy of knowing the Absolute, quenching one’s spiritual thirst.
A century ago, Swami Vivekananda, the great seer and philosopher, said: “All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.” All rivers flow into the mighty ocean, though they originate in different places and flow through different regions.
The spiritual journey is also similar-paths are different but we all have to travel towards the one Ultimate Truth. God and Truth are the same and we all originate from the same source. The realization that the Truth is one opens up a chance to be united, despite our differences. I am sure, once this realisation sets in deeply, our society will regain its lost glory and once again become the destination where people from all over the world came in search of knowledge, devotion and love.