Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.
Do we know what truth is? In today’s worldly rhetoric, truth has become a relative concept. Truth depends on circumstances, truth is shaped by one’s environment, truth can be bent to fit one’s personal ambitions. We are told that trusted news sources are untruthful and mankind is not inherently honest. Political views are castigated by those professing a different truth, spiritual bearing is challenged by sects who claim theirs is the only truth. So, the question is, “How do we know truth?”
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha
Must we search? Should we read scriptures? Do we need to find a spiritual guru? The Buddha says the sun and the moon cannot be hidden for long. We know this to be truth because, when we look at the heavens, there we see the sun and the moon. That fact is evident, it is obvious. The Buddha also says truth cannot be hidden. It is as evident and as visual as the sun and the moon.
In the tradition of Buddhism, a path is offered. It is called MAGGA, the eight-fold pathway to enlightenment:
- right understanding
- right thoughts
- right speech
- right action – nonviolence
- right livelihood – nonviolent
- right effort
- right mindfulness
- right concentration – meditation
We should note that none of the eight-fold path involves deeply secretive, spiritual practices to finding enlightenment or truth. It is totally a manner of lifestyle which we undertake to the best of our abilities.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
This directive set forth by Jesus of Nazareth is clearly specific. Know the teachings and lifestyle of the human manifestation of Christianity’s God, follow that example known as “the Way” as best as humanly possible, and we shall know the truth. Hallelujah! Truth is not relative to circumstances or environment. It cannot be manipulated or bent to one’s personal needs and desires. Truth is attainable by adherence to a lifestyle of love and compassion directed toward others, to ourselves, and to the Earth itself. It will be as evident as the sun and the moon in our skies.
“Watch out for false prophets. They will come to you in sheep’s clothing , but inwardly they are as ferocious wolves.”Matthew 7:15
It is our mission to share our truth. When attuned to the spiritual presence which defines each of us, we are able to share and communicate in a kindly manner the truth which has set us free. Jesus and the Buddha in us will always portray as non-violence in thought, word, and deed.