All great spiritual teachers have spoken of Truth and yet the world does not seem any closer to understanding what this one powerful word really stands for.
Jesus Christ said: "I am the way, the Truth and the Life; no one goes to the Father except by me."
The ‘Truth’ in this message can be interpreted to mean that we can only get close to God by trusting and loving Jesus. From the vantage point of studying the teachings of Lord Sathya Sai Baba we know that the above words are both true and not-true – ‘true’ in the sense that we come closer to God by contemplating on only one form of God and repeating only one Name; ‘non-true’ in the sense that the same spiritual principle applies equally to all Names and Forms of God.
Most people have misunderstood these few words about Truth ever since Jesus Christ first spoke them.
Throughout history there are many examples of how the Human Value of Truth has not been readily understood: we have all been confused in this regard; yet, when we begin to read the enlightening words of Sai Baba, the mists of our own ignorance begin to clear. Consider this statement by Him spoken nearly twenty years apart:
Divine Discourse, 24-3-1973
The life principle within each of us is the Truth. We would not be existent without it and once we are not there, the world also ceases. This life principle is identified as the human soul, which in turn is the ‘resident divinity’ within each individual. It is this truth which is the basis of every other thing and with the power of which the heart beats, the lungs breath and the system works. The role of human intellect is to find out the truth.
Interestingly, when one realizes and experiences this Truth, one sees that the same Truth pervades every other person and object. And in essence we all are one.
Truth has different levels. There is the truth of sense perception such as; ‘the fire burns’. One can ascertain this with one’s senses. There is also the truth by inference; such as ‘man is mortal’. We base this statement on the strength of our observation of those around us and extend it to arrive at a general conclusion, even though we may not have seen every human being born in this world dying. Apart from all these is the Truth, which is incapable of being destroyed, or hurt. It persists and pervades the whole cosmos.
Divine Discourse, 13-1- 1992