Truth does not come through words

Truth does not come through words

I can remember my parents say “tell the truth”, but then I would see conflicts in their belief systems.  One belief was in total opposition to another. That is when I started my search for truth by asking, what is truth?

I discovered that our whole system of language is designed to limit our understanding of everything around us. We call this “modifying”, but basically it is putting limitations in our personal belief system we are creating.

Each one of us is creating a virtual universe inside our head; let’s make it as close to the real universe as we can.

I have said before that humanity has a fetish with defining things. Once a thing is defined, they give up the search of trying to understand that thing. We need to revisit a thing many times in our lifetime to get a more complete understanding.

Truth is true no matter what I say or do. © 2018 Russel Steffy

From the Title Page of my blog: If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.  William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell


Quotes I discovered about Truth:

“The highest truth cannot be put into words. /Therefore the greatest teacher has nothing to say. /He simply gives himself in service, and never worries.” Lao-tzu-  Hau Hu Ching

The Master once proposed a riddle: “What do the Artist and the Musician have in common with the Mystic?” Everyone gave up. “The realization that the finest speech does not come from the tongue,” said the Master. – Anthony DeMello in “One Minute Nonsense”

Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth. Friedrich Nietzsche

Who would have thought George Carlin was a truth teacher? : By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth. George Carlin

Truth is exact correspondence with reality. Paramahansa Yogananda

Read nature; nature is a friend to truth. Edward Young

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Infinite love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion. David Icke

Learn what is true in order to do what is right. Thomas Huxley

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth. Walt Whitman

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein

It does not require many words to speak the truth. Chief Joseph

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. Thomas Jefferson

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha

Here is a quote attributed to Meister Eckhart as I remember it from a lecture:

Why do you pray to God? Everything you say must be untrue. Meister Eckhart

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. W. Clement Stone

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Albert Einstein

People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies. Don Miguel Ruiz

Humans believe so many lies because we aren’t aware. We ignore the truth or we just don’t see the truth. When we are educated, we accumulate a lot of knowledge, and all that knowledge is just like a wall of fog that doesn’t allow us to perceive the truth, what really is. Don Miguel Ruiz

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. Khalil Gibran

Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth never damages a cause that is just. Mahatma Gandhi

A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life, I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Viktor E. Frankl


On Work

On Work

– The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Then a ploughman said, “Speak to us of Work.”

And he answered, saying:

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison? Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

The Mighty

Buddha was once threatened with death by a bandit called Angulima.

“Then be good enough to fulfill my dying wish,”  said Buddha.

“Cut off the branch of that tree.”

One slash of the sword and it was done! “What now?’ asked the bandit.

“Put it back again,” said Buddha.

The bandit laughed. “You must be crazy to think that anyone can do that.”

“On the contrary, it is you who are crazy to think that you are mighty because you can wound and destroy. That is the task of children. The Mighty know how to create and heal.”

-Anthony DeMello in “The Heart of the Enlightened”