By Shri Shri Anandamurti
Satya is that which does not vary; it remains in an unaltered state at all times. Satya knows no difference between species or between different parts of the same body. Relative truth or untruth is dependent on time, place and form. The moon appears like a metal plate from a distance, but, as somebody advances towards it, it appears to grow bigger. Then how big is it? Largeness and smallness are governed by space. Hence, it is not Supreme Truth, it is relative truth. A man suffering from jaundice will find the colour yellow in whatever he sees, normal persons will see the same things in their real colour. This is dependent on the person and consequently is not the Truth.
It has been observed that place and form are not the Supreme Truth. Now, let us consider the time factor. To what extent can a historical event be called true? Suppose the Mahabharata war was fought 3,253 years ago. Now, it is a fact that we see things through the aid of light. The stars in the skies become visible to you only when their light falls on the ball of your eyes. Suppose the light-waves of the Mahabharata age will take another 800 years to reach a certain star. At this period if you look at the earth with the help of a telescope what will you see?
You will see that the Mahabharata has not yet been fought there and that it will not take place for another 800 years. What is past for one, is present for another and future for a third. All these are relative truths. The same may be said with respect to sound as well. If someone speaks aloud, a normal person will feel that he is shouting while a person who is hard of hearing will say that he is speaking very softly.
When one is established in Satya, only then can one become the knower of the past, present and future and ultimately of truth itself. For such a person there is no disharmony anywhere. Of course it is difficult to establish oneself in Cosmic Consciousness, but having been established in Brahmn, a person gets extricated from all disharmony. Human beings can come to know the past, present and future by annihilating the mind through spiritual practices. The mind must be annihilated because it is a relative truth, which prevents human beings from knowing the absolute truth.
Where there is action, there is motion. Time is the mental measurement of dynamism in action. Where there is no action, there is neither mind nor time. If you are unconscious, then you will not be aware of the lapse of those three hours. Action and mind are relative truths and consequently, time is also a relative truth. Time is dependent on space and person and space and form are dependent on time. It is incorrect to say that time is eternity without end and without break or limit. Time cannot exist without space and person.
Human beings derive or try to derive pleasure from objects, great and small, but they cannot get eternal Bliss from a relative truth. Therefore sages devote themselves to the entity free from bondage of time. One has to practise sadhana to establish oneself in the entity that is free from bondage of time.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.