TRUTH -- IT IS WHAT IT IS
Jan 14, 2011 10:09 PM
TRUTH -- IT IS WHAT IT IS
Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whate'er you may believe. There is an inmost center within us all, where truth abides in fullness; and around wall upon wall the gross flesh hems us in. ..."To know"
Rather consists in open out a way whence the imprisoned splendour may escape, than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without. --Browning.
Truth does not evolve. Our understanding of it does. We but see through the glass darkly and as our consciousness unfolds we become aware of greater and greater aspects and dimensions of Truth. Only the Great Masters of The Wisdom see and embody the fulness of Truth, we are still journeying up the side of the Holy Mount and our perspectives are necessarily limited.
The fact that our viewpoints are partial and based on where we are on the journey should inculcate in us a broad tolerance and willingness for amicable discussion with our fellow pilgrims with differing views. It is through tolerance and amicable discussion that a space will be created in which we will be enabled to see the Light that the Masters of Wisdom are ever shining down on our efforts to understand.
It is highly presumptuous for any student of Theosophy to claim that they "know" better and are better able to decide for us what we should do. This is what politicians do. In fact, politicians and clever learned academicians have always sought to obfuscate and cloud the simple truth of things to fit a pre-planned agenda of their own with clever rhetoric and attractive pictures. They are very skilled at distortion and creative visualizations, They have to be, because they are attempting to "sell" their version. This is what the business of marketing is all about.
Your concept or perception of Truth is not Truth. When you are caught in your perceptions and ideas, you lose reality. We mistake our view of things for the way things really are. Reality is free of all notions. Our convictions must be based on our own direct experience of reality and not on the notions of others. Reality is quite different from our concepts. Tathata means "Reality as it is."
Any created mental or emotional state is not spiritual awareness but only a condition produced by personal endeavor or imagination. Superconscious (Buddhic) awareness is outside the range of mind and emotions.
According to writer Clarissa Pinkola Estes "The Truth of the matter is that all you have to do is to stand out of the way. There is deep at the center of the psyche, "La Chispa". "La Chispa" is an ember that even in wood that is half burnt, with only a tiny ember left in it...can be fanned back into a blaze with the very smallest breath blown upon it."
We must see through the mental process and all of its noise and distortion and enter the non-conceptual silence of reality as it is. We relentlessly observe the mental process, the conceptual thoughts, emotional reactions, strategies and fears and bring ourselves back to the reality of the present moment.
Holy Lady Truth, (Sophia), abides above and beyond the clutches, machinations and strategies of the politicians and rhetoricians and will only reveal herself in the silence and centeredness of simplicity and authenticity.
Robert Frost was right when he wrote "We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret [Truth] sits in the center and knows."
-- William Delahunt
William Delahunt has been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1969. He has served as a Past President of The Orlando Lodge, and is currently its Secretary,and Director of The School of Theosophy, Orlando.
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