Truth is one of the central subjects in philosophy. It is also one of the largest. Truth has been a topic of discussion in its own right for thousands of years. Moreover, a huge variety of issues in philosophy relate to truth, either by relying on theses about truth, or implying theses about truth.
— Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
There are truths in life at many levels. There’s telling the truth. Being true to oneself and loved ones. True north. A mathematical truth. Truth as fact.
There’s also truth as spiritual reality or transcendent truth.
In Sanskrit satyam means truth. Sat refers to what is true and real. The suffix ya means “ness.” Thus satyam literally means trueness or realness.
Similarly, sat means pure being, good, virtuous, chaste. It’s used to mean God (‘Existence’ or ‘Being’), or the soul.
Well-known examples of sat are om tat sat, referring to what is truly real, eternal and permanent; and Sat Chit Ananda, usually translated as Sat meaning Truth, Existence or Pure Being, Chit meaning Consciousness and Ananda meaning Bliss. Sat-Chit-Ananda refers to the nature of the core of our Being or Self.
Universal truths have a source. It’s profound, subtle and can’t be measured. It can, however, be observed.
The truth of Oneness is the source of all other truths. Oneness is at the core of life and creation. It is there before any atomic particles appear. It is there before any of the building blocks of matter. It is there even prior to any vibrational pulsing or movement.
Oneness is non-separate and nondual. Nothing has separated from it. And when it does, it’s still connected to it. Every separated thing is also connected to every other separated thing.
It’s said that when we die, the four elements—earth, air, fire and water—dissolve one by one, each into the other, and finally just dissolve into space. But while we’re living, we share the energy that makes everything, from a blade of grass to an elephant, grow and live and then inevitably wear out and die. This energy, this life force, creates the whole world.
— Pema Chödrön
Oneness is there even before life force manifests. It is the cause of life force.
What exactly is Oneness? A few words are insufficient. In fact, words are just not enough, no matter how many. Various aspects of Oneness are detailed in several posts found here. About the only way we can become intimate with Oneness short of sudden realization is with regular incursions into its nature, its expanse and depth, and its various subtleties.
To further that cause, here’s how Oneness is the wellspring of significant primordial qualities and resources:
Peace: Oneness by its very nature is harmonious. This is peace-producing. Inner peace. This is important because being an inner state means it keeps us turned inward, where we’re able to choose how we feel and respond.
Love: In its universal aspect, love is an indicator of Oneness. Since there’s no separation in Oneness, it’s a direct experience of love, undiluted and whole.
Joy: When there’s peace and love, it leads to joy. Happiness is personal. Joy is universal.
Bliss: This is an extension of peace and love as well. Once peace and love are well-established, there’s no reason to fret. Bliss is the contented observance of Oneness.
Power: The universal aspect of power, much like peace, is internal. True power is within us and it’s spiritual. Oneness is powerful because it’s omnipotent.
Wisdom: Oneness is omniscient. All emerges from it, so it knows all. It is all-knowing.
Compassion: Oneness recognizes all things as kin and cares for all. Compassion is highly significant in the world of forms because it instantly transcends “other.”
Each of these is a universal truth. They are experiences, qualities and resources inherent to life and therefore accessible. As such they are related and all collapse back into Oneness where they rest and emerge from as well.
Enlightenment is the realization of the truth of Oneness. As the single, overarching truth Oneness is all we ever need. All we ever need to know and be. Oneness is the greatest aspiration.
The exerience of Oneness is not limited to just the great mystics of all the ages. Each one of us is invited to experience this Oneness and we can do so in all our endeavors. We can experience and utilize our Oneness when we are appreciating the beauty of nature, in our spiritual practice, in the creative process, and in our social action in the world.
— Sage Bennet
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