This is the 2nd in this series – Speaking Truth Matters.
Words communicate ideas. Untruth fogs the issues and will at some point result in a variety of suffering or unhappiness.
To navigate life we need a compass that points to knowledge or truth. There are two types of knowledge, mundane knowledge and transcendental knowledge. Unlike mundane knowledge where “truth” changes over time, transcendental knowledge is as true and personally liberating today as it was thousands of years ago. These two types of truth are referred to as relative truth and Absolute Truth and it is important to understand both. There is an ancient verse in the Upanishads which states:
Only one who can learn the process of nescience and that of transcendental knowledge side by side can transcend the influence of repeated birth and death and enjoy the full blessings of immortality. – Śrī Īśopaniṣad mantra 11
Too often we see the promotion of hedonism as being true and beneficial, whereas its promotion is the opposite of spiritual well-being and long-term happiness.