Truth is like a vast tree, which yields more
and more fruit, the more you mature it. The deeper the search in the mine of
Truth the richer the discovery of the gems buried there, in the shape of
openings for and ever greater variety of service.
Auto, p. 218
The seeker after Truth should be humbler than
the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after
Truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only
then, and not until then, will he have a glimpse of truth.
Ibid., p. XVI
Devotion to Truth is the sole reason for our
existence. All our activities should be centred in Truth. Truth should be
the very breath of our life. when once this stage in the pilgrim's progress
is reached, all other rules of correct living will come without effort, and
obedience to them will be instinctive. But without Truth it would be
impossible to observe any principles or rules in life.
YI, 30 July 1931
There should be Truth in thought, Truth in
speech, and Truth in action. To the man who has realized this Truth in
perfection, nothing else remains to be known, because all knowledge is
necessarily included in it. What is not included in it is not Truth and so
not true knowledge; and there can be no inward peace without the true
knowledge. If we once learn how to apply this never-failing test of Truth,
we will at once be able to find out what is worth being, what is worth
seeing and what is worth reading.
The quest of Truth involves tapas
self-suffering, sometimes even unto death. there can be no place in it for
even a trace of self-interest. In such selfless search for Truth nobody can
lose his bearings for long. Directly one takes to the wrong path one
stumbles and is thus redirected to the right path. Therefore the pursuit of
Truth is true bhakti (devotion). It is the path that leads to God and
therefore there is no place in it for cowardice, no place for defeat. It is
the talisman by which death itself becomes the portal to life eternal.
YI, 30 July 1931
H, 24 Nov. 1933
YI, 27 Sept. 1928
Only Truth quenches untruth, Love quenches
anger, self-suffering quenches violence. This eternal rule is a rule not for
saints only but for all. Those who observe it may be few but they are the
salt of the earth, it is they who keep the society together, not those who
sin against light and truth.
H, 1 Feb. 1942
YI, 22 Dec. 1921
YI, 6 May 1926
Finite human beings shall never know in its
fullness Truth and Love which is in itself infinite. But we do know enough
for our guidance. We shall err, and sometimes grievously, in our
application. But man is a self-governing being, and self-government
necessarily includes the power as much to commit errors as to set them right
as often as they are made.
YI, 21 April 1927
YI, 3 Jan. 1929
H, 6 Feb. 1937
YI, 2 Feb. 1922
There is no one without faults, not even men
of God. They are men of God not because they are faultless but because they
know their own faults, they strive against them, they do not hide them and
are ever ready to correct themselves.
H, 28 Jan. 1939
YI, 16 Feb. 1922
H, 14 March 1936
YI, 14 Oct. 1926
YI, 19 Dec. 1929
H, 9 Nov. 1934
YI, 4 April 1929
H, 18 Nov.1939
H, 5 Sept. 1936
DD, p. 224
The pursuit of Truth is true bhakti (devotion).
It is the path that leads to God, and, therefore, there is no place in it
for cowardice, no place for defeat. It is the talisman by which deaths
itself becomes the portal to the life eternal.
YM. Chap. I
From the standpoint of pure Truth, the body
too is a possession. It has been truly said, that desire for enjoyment
creates bodies for the soul. When this desire vanishes, there remains no
further need for the body, and man is free from the vicious circle of births
YM, Chap. VI
How beautiful it would be, if all of us, men
and women, devoted ourselves wholly to Truth in all that we might do in our
waking hours, whether working, eating, drinking, or playing, till
dissolution of the body makes us one with Truth?
YM, Chap, I
Where there is no Truth, there can be no true
knowledge. That is why the word Chit or knowledge is associated with the
name of God. And where there is a true knowledge, there is always bliss (Ananda).
Sorrow has no place there. And even as Truth is eternal, so is bliss derived
from it. Hence we know God as Sat-chit-ananda, one who combines in Himself
Truth, Knowledge and Bliss.
YM, 30 July 1931
H, 10 Dec. 1938
Experience has taught me that silence is apart
of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. Proneness to exaggerate,
to suppress or modify the truth wittingly or unwittingly, is a natural
weakness of man, and silence is necessary in order to surmount it. A man of
few words will rarely be thoughtless in his speech; he will measure every