Truth in a civilized society undergoes multiple tests – Is it the Truth? Is it beneficial or harmful? Is it pleasant or unpleasant? Only when it passes all such stages does it qualify of being an acceptable ‘Truth’. Speaking this ‘Truth’ make us a social, law abiding, acceptable individual in the society. However, such ‘Truth’ rather ‘Untruthfulness’ over a period of time puts our system out of harmony by creating mental and emotional stresses leading to a complicated unfulfilling life.
In Yogic parlance, principle of ‘Satya’, ‘being Truthful’ is one of its founding stones. It is far more comprehensive, than mere truthfulness. It does not limit to only speaking truth but even an act of deceit or a thought of deceiving is breach of the principle of Truth.Thus observance of truth is expected on three levels of our being- at body, speech and mind. Practicing at all three levels harmonizes and tranquilizes our mind. As;
- Untruthfulness in all its variants creates complications and so a constant source of disturbance to the mind. The effort to keep up falsehoods and false appearances causes a peculiar strain in the sub-conscious mind and provides a congenial soil for all kinds of emotional disturbances.
- Secondly, being truthful unfolds the power of intuition. Nothing clouds intuition worse than being untruthful.
- And most importantly, being truthful leads one to the most fundamental nature of the universe; towards love, peace and inner happiness. Anything which is against the law of love gets out of harmony and is pulled back sooner or later.
The ethical code of Truthfulness eliminates completely all mental and emotional disturbances freeing the person from the illusions of the life. It forms the bedrock of human nature and lays the foundation of a stress-free life leading to everlasting happiness.