The idea of truth
The Idea of Truth
The three worded (or some may argue, for it being two worded) mantra from Mundaka Upnisada, ‘Satymeva jayate’, the eternal ‘truth’ is accepted by the mankind with utmost faith and belief. India also hails the sacred mantra with it inscribed in the base of its National emblem. The idea of truth being invincible hides several questions worth pondering upon though. The bold statement says that ‘truth’ is ever victorious. That ‘truth’ shall ultimately win. Why then is it so that falsehood exists? What is the nature of ‘truth’ and what is so intrinsic in its nature that gives it an eternal standing? Can the ‘Idea of truth’ and the ‘Idea of God’ be used interchangeably? Are they one and the same? If so, then a man devoted to God A, and a man devoted to God B should not use same Mathematical, Physical, Medicinal truth for solving their problems, but should look for their ‘truth’ which depends on their respective God. For, that would be wise. If, there cannot be two different truths about a particular scientific question, then there must be only one supreme God. And if that cannot happen, and mankind is meant to be divided then, truth must be beyond the idea of God.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him