Time for Truth
The world reels under deceit and lies. The worst kind of ugliness is happening at the highest level. If you look at the election campaigns across the world, you see no limits—as if democracy was all about hitting below the belt. It seems like it is no more a shameful thing to say something that is a complete lie. Today, lies are mainstream—truth is a fringe phenomenon.
When this is the situation in the world, to establish a large group of people who will live and die for truth is paramount. Truth is not a belief. You can believe whatever you want—it need not have anything to do with reality. If you make a large number of people believe something, lies will become mainstream. Once you believe, your entire identity will be built on what you believe. Belief leads people to accept the most ridiculous things as the absolute truth.
You can start gossip on social media and make it reach everywhere. Now that gossip has gone global, truth should go global. Now a time has come when human ability to communicate to the entire world is greater than ever before. This is the best age ever to make truth the main force on the planet.
There is an innate longing in human beings to seek truth. Ultimately, everyone aspires for the highest. We just have to show them that there are better highs than getting drunk, doing drugs, being caught up in social drama, being better than someone else. Always, sages, saints, yogis, and gurus have been putting people on the path of truth, allowing them to experience the power of truth. They transformed many people around them. But they did not have the tools to reach people everywhere. Today we have the technology and an ability to communicate that they could not imagine.
As I have repeatedly said, if we do not do what we cannot do—not an issue. But if we do not do what we can do, we are a disaster. It is my wish, especially for all the young people, that you stand up for what you see as the highest. You don’t have to be better than everyone else, but you have to be at your best. If you don’t invest your life towards what you see as the highest, this is a wasted life.
“Yes, but…” That but(t) needs to be kicked. Everyone has a “but.” Everyone has an excuse why they do not do the best things that they can do in their lives. Responsibility means that you have no excuse. “What is the use of all this for me? I don’t want to change the world.” This is not something you can choose. If you want to live a wholesome life, you must do what you see as the highest. Otherwise you will always feel incomplete. You will always feel not worthy of many things that you are.
In many ways, the forces are getting aligned in the world. Something as gentle as a flower can bring fragrance to the atmosphere. You don’t have to fight anyone. You cannot fight with darkness. You just have to light up. If you light up, darkness will disappear. Darkness seems to be the most formidable thing. But if you light up, it will be gone without effort. This is the nature of ignorance. This is the nature of falsehood. There is no need to fight it. If you light up, it will disappear. We are looking at ways and means to light up yourself and every human being on the planet. It may take a bit of effort, but it will not take the kind of effort that the Saptarishis, Gautama the Buddha, Krishna, and many others had to make, because they didn’t have the technology to spread truth across the world. We have tools that no one ever had. We must do something that no one ever could do. This is my wish and my blessing.
|Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, and visionary, and a prominent spiritual leader. An author, poet, and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru is the founder of Isha Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to human wellbeing. (www.isha.sadhguru.org)
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