TRUTH- Quotes and Reflections
Once again, I am not posting what I planned to this week. But that’s the joy of blogging – that you can explore what comes up when it comes up. This post started when I came across the following quote, from Adyashanti:
“The Truth is the only thing you’ll run into that has no agenda.”
I really liked it, it resonated for me on many different levels, and I found myself cruising around the web for more quotes on truth. Voila! That became this post.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I feel seeking truth has been the primary driver behind my own spiritual journey. I think there are many different primary drivers – a search for peace, or happiness, or power, or connection, for example. And of course they all interconnect, and we might meander from one to the other along our way. But we all tend to have one primary driver, and that determines the traditions and tools that will resonate most deeply for us. This is part of what I wrote about in an old post, Four Paths to Freedom – What is Your Root Path?
I think the fact that seeking truth has been the primary driver for me is why I am drawn to both Vedanta/Zen/Non-duality type teachings, and occult/energy/kundalini-based traditions, which usually are not considered comfortable bed-fellows. The first set of traditions for me are about direct personal inquiry into the truth of my own being. The second are more about the ‘how’ – how our world and universe function, on the levels we can’t see with our eyes, and how we can use that knowledge.
So below, I’ve just listed a bunch of quotes that I like, on truth. All kinds and levels of truth – metaphysical, spiritual, political, and personal. A little lazy perhaps, to do a post of quotes, but it was fun finding them! I threw in some symbols for truth too, from many different traditions (as usual!) because I think they often resonate with us on another level. I hope you enjoy, and feel free to add your own, or your thoughts on any of these, in the comments.
“The Truth is the only thing you’ll run into that has no agenda.” ~Adyashanti
“Truth is such a rare thing, it is delighted to tell it.” ~Emily Dickinson
“Truth is a pathless land.” ~Krishnamurti
“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand. ” ~Picasso
“There is no religion higher than truth.” ~Helena Blavatsky
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32, American King James Bible
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” ~ Buddha
“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” ~Maya Angelou
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” ~Albert Einstein
“The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.” ~Anais Nin
“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’ ” ~Kahlil Gibran
“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” ~Ghandi
“Who you are, in truth, who everyone is, is whole and perfect and beautiful. And if that can be recognized, then it is possible that self-torture can stop.” ~Gangaji
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ~Henry David Thoreau
“I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.” ~Pietro Aretino
“The words of truth are always paradoxical.” ~Lao Tzu
“When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.” ~Adrianne Rich
“Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth.” ~Joan of Arc
“Truth comes as conqueror only to those who have lost the art of receiving it as friend.” ~Rabindranath Tagore
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” ~Virginia Woolf
Please do share your own quote or your thoughts on truth. Namaste-