Thursday, August 4, 2011

Truth does not become error because nobody sees it - Mahatma Gandhi

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.

— Mahatma Gandhi




Timeless Truth Meditation

Although the idea of "One Truth" is inscribed in one of the mankind's oldest scriptures (Rig Veda 1.164.46, 1500BC), the beautiful couplet I am singing comes from Guru Nanak (around 1600AD).

Thanks to George Couttolenc from Mexico for composing and playing the beautiful music!

"Satnaam" literally means "True Name" and refers to God, the one who's identity remains true always. It was used as a mantra by several saints in India including: Bhagat Kabir, Guru Nanak, Guru Ramdaas, and Bhai Gurdaas.

"Aad Sach, Jugaad Sach
Hai Bhi Sach, Hosi Bhi Sach"
- Guru Nanak's first couplet that marks the beginning of his beautiful poem "Japji Sahib"

The rough meaning is

In The Primal Beginning True, Throughout The Ages True,
Here And Now True, O Nanak, Forever And Ever True.

And here is the poem that this inspired:

"Truth"

Rising with the sun
What was true
Will be at sunset
Still golden truth

Its Summer's warmth
Grey winter's dew
Autumn's red fall
And Spring's life too

Like hours pass
So Seasons do
Grey has a range
But Truth stays true

So In this new year
Last year's white truth
Like bygone millennia
will again ring true

Its reign will sustain
With it's royal blue
For ages and eons
Forever true

So Hold still my dear
As Vapor Flows through
You too will Be clear
In a moment or two

Why shy away from
Truth's boldness due,
And Why seek outside
For what's inside true?

Credit: Guru Nanak, George Couttolenc