Aug 07, 2022
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(What do you mean by truth? Is there any difference between moral 'truth' and factual 'truth'?)
Morality is merely some guidelines for proper discipline of the masses. Sometimes it is manipulated to suit the convenience of those in power and so morality becomes immoral. Morality is a walking stick of the blind. If one matures into a fine person then he/she understands what is right or wrong action, does not require the rule book of morality. Morality changes with time and place. Truth has no direct relationship with morality.
Truth is existence, 'What is', without any interpretation. Truth is reality. Like a chair in front of you, it just exists. Existence of the chair is True. But when you take it to the psychological level, it gets complicated and you move away from Truth. Existence of the chair is True, but when you start saying, "It is my chair", "It is a chair which is important to me", you may be moving away from truth. So when all the interpretations are added to reality then you may be moving away from Truth.
Credit - J. Krishnamurti ~ TRUTH AND ACTUALITY / The First and Last Freedom
"What is the relationship between truth and reality?
Reality being, as we said, all the things that thought has put together. Reality means, the root meaning of that word is, things or thing. And living in the world of things, which is reality, we want to establish a relationship with a world which has no things - which is impossible."
"Actuality means `What is'... Are you facing in yourself what actually is going on.. You don't take actuality and look at it."
The word "true" in Latin, which is "verus", means "that which is". The same as the English "was" and "were", or German "wahr". Now in English the root meaning of the word "true" is honest and faithful; you see, we can often say that a line is true, or a machine is true.
You cannot find truth through anybody else. How can you? Truth is not something static; it has no fixed abode; it is not an end, a goal. On the contrary, it is living, dynamic, alert, alive. How can it be an end? If truth is a fixed point it is no longer truth; it is then a mere opinion. Truth is the unknown, and a mind that is seeking truth will never find it, for mind is made up of the known, it is the result of the past, the outcome of time - which you can observe for yourself. Mind is the instrument of the known, hence it cannot find the unknown; it can only move from the known to the known. When the mind seeks truth, the truth it has read about in books, that 'truth' is self-projected; for then the mind is merely in pursuit of the known, a more satisfactory known than the previous one. When the mind seeks truth, it is seeking its own self-projection, not truth. After all, an ideal is self-projected; it is fictitious, unreal. What is real is what is, not the opposite. But a mind that is seeking reality, seeking God, is seeking the known. When you think of God, your God is the projection of your own thought, the result of social influences. You can think only of the known; you cannot think of the unknown, you cannot concentrate on truth. The moment you think of the unknown, it is merely the self-projected known. God or truth cannot be thought about. If you think about it, it is not truth. Truth cannot be sought: it comes to you. You can go only after what is known. When the mind is not tortured by the known, by the effects of the known, then only can truth reveal itself. Truth is in every leaf, in every tear; it is to be known from moment to moment. No one can lead you to truth; and if anyone leads you, it can only be to the known.
Truth can only come to the mind that is empty of the known. It comes in a state in which the known is absent, not functioning. The mind is the warehouse of the known, the residue of the known; for the mind to be in that state in which the unknown comes into being, it must be aware of itself, of its previous experiences, the conscious as well as the unconscious, of its responses, reactions, and structure. When there is complete self-knowledge, then there is the ending of the known, then the mind is completely empty of the known. It is only then that truth can come to you uninvited. Truth does not belong to you or to me. You cannot worship it. The moment it is known, it is unreal. The symbol is not real, the image is not real; but when there is the understanding of self, the cessation of self, then eternity comes into being.
Truth is Hidden in Silence (by Sri. Ulpiano Manlangit)
Truth is hidden in silence and truth is the only reality. The mind is prevented from knowing the truth by its own defects, limitations or deficiencies, by its own passions, self-centeredness and possessiveness.