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Absolute Truth

March 17, 2012

These thoughts are basically stray and my own creation:

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in one of his innumerable poems wonders with amusement about the hidden secrets of nature. Gurudev, in his unique poetic style casts the questions about the creation of all aspects of nature in a very systematic and beautifully balanced way! Reams of papers written on this query by thousands of poets, philosophers, thinkers & writers. But, no specific answers on this basic question of existence and our being! The reasons of our birth, our life and the eventual exit or death from the present being! Many such questions must be arising to all rational minds and lead those to seek answer from more learned, awakened and wiser souls. Some get satisfied with replies and responses they get and some come back disillusioned and continue the seeking. There is a third and the largest group, who do not seek such answers as they neither question nor get perturbed by these unusual thoughts. They continue walking on the same path of belief as laid by their forefathers without any question. 

Now the big question is that which path do we take? Path of seeking or path of contentment, being happy and fulfilled the way, we are? Most would not bother to break away from the path of traditions set by the forefathers but, some would certainly seek the truth. Most of the ancient scriptures have actually advised the seekers to seek the ‘absolute truth’! What is ‘absolute truth’???? Here comes the ‘absolute confusion’! No one has yet given a perfect solution to this confusion and hence, the seeking is on………. All established beliefs, sects, groups have their own definitions and solutions but, none is actually clearing the confusion!

The first confusion is, is the truth absolute or relative?

Then, should we really seek the truth or is our basic existence itself a truth?

Whatever we see, experience and perceive……are they truth?

These basic questions are always tricky and difficult and no one seems to have any reply to these questions. Hence, we are left with the eternal interrogatory exclamation?!

Knowledge may be the only solution to this confusion and knowledge can only be acquired through education and education can be extracted only from experience. Therefore, experiencing and learning from the experience is the most important aspect for all the living beings.

If we take ’Big Bang’ & subsequently ‘Darwinian Evolution’ as the most scientific theories of our existence in the form presently we are, we should believe the the emergence of Homo sapiens as a distinct species of hominids (“great apes”). During the journey of evolution from Genus->Tribe->Subfamily->Family->Superfamily the species which turned out to be Homo sapiens from Apes realized the need for coexistence to combat and survive in the cruel animal kingdom. Hence, the togetherness emerges for self defence and self discipline! Self defence was imperative but self discipline was the need of the hour as the species was upgrading itself through a tedious and time consuming process of evolution and thus, the instinctive attributes should be done away with and new system of disciplines should be inculcated. This realization and need to eradicate the chaos of animal kingdom lead to establishment of society the ‘rules-for-co-existence’. Else, what would you call an offspring produced by a father & daughter or a son & mother? Therefore, to avoid the societal confusion and chaos, the elevated and evolved species called ‘homo sapiens’ the modern ‘human being’ set few rules & regulations along with the obvious ‘penal system’! Punishments can be physical or mental as per the ‘Sin’ or ‘Guilt’. Physical punishment is apparent and instant but, the sense of repentance is also short-lived. The Further evolved society realized that the mental punishment is long-lasting with deeper impact on the ‘psyche’ of the ‘Sinner’ or ‘Guilty’! Now, what can be a proper and apt mental punishment for the wrong-doers? What we fear or dread the most………….?  The unknown, the unseen and the darkness as we cannot see through the darkness! So, if a sinner or guilty can be warned about the unseen or unknown or darkness, he would be dreaded as he would not be able to comprehend or perceive the eventuality! Here comes the obvious and inevitable role of the unknown and unseen and thus, the realization of the trend, commonly known as ‘God’ begins! This is the beginning and as the evolutions keep on enhancing the power of thought and the increased demand of thought increases the flow of oxygen to the thinking organ ‘brain’……”Adam eventually bites the wisdom fruit” and the questions start coming in well fuelled brains about the basic being and systematic coordination of the peripheral atmosphere. From Adam to the latest well equipped human race via Plato, Aristotle, Epitectus, Shakespeare, Tagore, Freud and others, the same questions are wandering in the human minds!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Between the periods of the first lot of evolved homo sapiens and Plato a lot of physical evolutions occurred on this unique planet and lot of geographical disintegration and shifting took place. Thus, the basic group of the species of ‘homo sapiens’ also got disintegrated with the land masses and continued evolving under different geographical conditions! Therefore, different races of the same species getting established at different places and according to the atmospheric condition they are evolving and changing to come to new physical forms. Thus the several races are evolving like Negroid, Capoid, Mongoloid, Australoid & Caucasoid. Later on several other mixed races also start evolving. During the establishment of these races at their respective regions, their physical & psychological needs and requirements are also evolving accordingly. Once the basic necessities like food, shelter & reproduction are getting fulfilled the psychological desires emerge and thus, the wandering wonders about the nature. 

To understand the nature and its wonders human races have been striving and trying to unearth the secrets for ages. While unearthing the secrets they have been finding lot of new areas which were not known to them like fire, eclipse etc. Nature has always been a mystery for the human races and thus, the questions how, why and the most importantly who is the architect of these mysteries which are beyond humane comprehension. Here starts the search of the creator of these unique creations…………….

Humans have already derived a phenomenon which they have named as per their convenience and what is as per their presumption the ultimate penalising instrument….. Thus, the convenient conclusion is that these creations are created by ‘the creator’ what is unknown and unseen and beyond our reach….  These presumptions converted into beliefs and the beliefs have been converted into group activities. Here the idea of religion has been conceived as social groups under different geographical situations and conditions and the believers who feel that there is a super power which is divine and controlling everything start using the newly found belief on unseen and unknown as penal system to discipline the societies. Simultaneously the endeavours of logic and reasoning come as off-shoots and the seeking to know the ‘absolute truth’!

Strange may be these stray thoughts but, indeed make all thoughtful about our own existence and being! We generally do not get a formidable reply in our life time and keep searching the ‘absolute truth’ tirelessly without much success!!!!

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6 Comments
  1. Life is loud and wishful, death quiet and peaceful.
    It is the transition that is troublesome.
    Isn’t that what we all are chasing?

    Thanks for the thought – stray yet specular!

  2. Bitty permalink

    Dada, you are right about such questions arising with experience. And education. But the vast majority, me included, will not question this and simply carry on with Life’s rules. Or carry on despite questioning it every now n again. But that is what makes the world go around, isn’t it? If we all sought the Absolute Truth and became Enlightened, there would be no Buddha!

  3. Partho Kar permalink

    Da this is truely enlightening and good to read not once but over and over again.

  4. Partho Kar permalink

    Dada this is absolutely enlightening and something that can be read not once but over and over again and again.

  5. Aditi permalink

    Even if the thought is stray there is much truth in it.

  6. Ashish Shah permalink

    It’s very true , one must understand this

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