Re: Why the inability to fathom absolute truths?
Posted By: selassielive In Response To: Why the inability to fathom absolute truths? (Ayinde)
Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2006, at 11:59 a.m.
In Response To: Why the inability to fathom absolute truths? (Ayinde)
Just for the record. I am not the only person who has ever stated that he thought the Absolute TRUTH was unattainable and only to be sought after. You act as if it is an absurd premise to make.
"But for me, truth is the sovereign principle, which included numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me. But I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him. I am prepared to sacrifice the things dearest to me in pursuit of this quest. Even if the sacrifice demanded be my very life, I hope I may be prepared to give it. But as long as I have not realised this Absolute Truth, so long must I hold by the relative truth as I have conceived it."
~ Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi
“From the viewpoint of absolute truth, what we feel and experience in our ordinary daily life is all delusion. Of all the various delusions, the sense of discrimination between oneself and others is the worst form, as it creates nothing but unpleasant”
~ Dalai Lama
"Absolute truth is beyond conception and definition. The realization of absolute truth occurs through the realization of relative truth. The realization of relative truth occurs through the practice of The Buddha Path. Within relative truth, all phenomena arise interdependently and are impermanent, and cause and effect are infallibly related. Relative truth is single-present-thinking. Ceaselessly and restlessly from beginningless time, from past lives up to the present moment of this life, thinking has been traveling through countless universes. This thinking is called by many names, including “being,” “consciousness,” “karma,” and “Samsara,” all of which should be understood to encompass all types of gross and subtle mental activities, sensations, and experiences."
~ Excerpt from The Buddha Path
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