Mickey Lemle is a filmmaker who has profiled the Dalai Lama, Ram Dass and many others. This excerpt was taken from his article in Parabola.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the difference between absolute truth and relative truth? Can you share an experience when the honest witness deep inside you tingled? How do you reconcile manipulating reality with accepting reality as it is?
"Can you share an experience when the honest witness deep inside you tingled?" Yesterday in a conversation with my mom, I was telling her what I believed was happening in a place I had never visited. Yet based on listening, reading and watching, I came to a truth. Actually, it felt more like I was gifted with a truth. As I spoke, I felt "honest witness deep inside" agreed -- I felt a Presence, a chilling/warming, all-encompassing "yes, this is true" confirmation. I don't usually feel that Presence unless I'm meditating. It was startling and really awe-some to feel it while speaking from my heart.
There is my truth, your truth and the Truth. My truth is subjective as i perceive it and your truth is also subjective as you perceive it. The absolute truth is beyond the subjective lenses. Knowing that my truth is not absolute helps me not to close my sight to understand and appreciate the other person's truth. Remaining open to understand the other person's truth has widened my lenses and has enriched my mind and heart.
The absolute truth has intrinsic consistency. Whatever is born is bound to die. Everything that has form is going to vanish.Whatever is space and time bound comes and goes.The world caused by ego, mine and thine, is like a veil covering the face of truth. When I experience the world unbound by my ego, I feel intrinsic oneness with life everywhere. It is like a shift from somebody, to nobody to everybody. In such a state of unity consciousness, truth, love and bliss become one. Taking a mindful walk in nature, comforting a sad child, giving my hand to a handicapped person entering a medical building, attending to a client going through pain caused by cancer are a few blissful gifts that I receive that fill my heart with deep gratitude and joy.
May we keep our mind and heart open to receive and give the wonderful and graceful gifts of living!
Jagdish P Dave
Picasso supposedly said, "Art is a lie that tells the truth." And Marcus Borg's statement that "The bible is true and some of it actually happened." For me, I have my truth, which is relative truth, and don't know absolute truth -- maybe my relative truth coincides with absolute truth a little or a lot, but who knows. I like the author's comment that half the time in a movie the screen is actually black. The honest witness deep inside me tingled when I realized I had a right to express my truth, and when I realized that I have some power, and when I realized I'm loveable, and when I began appreciating us human beings as being manifestations in form of One Sacred Source and we are all one. Those realizations had deep internal reverberations for me. Manipulating reality and accepting reality are both part of living. Some reality can be manipulated beneficially, such as a field can be tilled and a broken bone can be put back in place, and when it is done above board and honestly, not out of a hidden agenda or deceit, it is a positive action. I also think there is reality to accept, such as that my feelings and behavior are mine and my responsibility, no one else's -- that is reality as far as I know -- and to accept it saves a lot of trouble, and to manipulate it creates a lot of problems.[Hide Full Comment]
I believe as Gandhi in his saying "Only God knows absolute truth!" This IS the truth! For me or any other to think we have absolute truth .... is, in reality, an ABSOLUTE LIE! GOD (Absolute Truth) makes me tingle! Amen!