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Chapter 3: Know the False as False

Mistaking the false for the true
and the true for the false,
you overlook the heart
and fill yourself with desire.

See the false as the false,
the true as the true.
Look into your heart.
Follow your nature.

An unreflecting mind is a poor roof.
Passion, like the rain, floods the house.
But if the roof is strong, there is shelter.

Whoever follows impure thoughts
suffers in this world and the next.
In both worlds he suffers,
and how greatly,
when he sees the wrong he has done.

But whoever follows the law
is joyful here and joyful there.
In both worlds he rejoices
and how greatly
when he sees the good he has done.

For great is the harvest in this world,
and greater still in the next.

However many holy words you read,
however many you speak,
what good will they do you
if you do not act upon them?

Are you a shepherd
who counts another man’s sheep,
never sharing the way?

Read as few words as you like
and speak fewer.
But act upon the law.

Give up the old ways -
passion, enmity, folly.
Know the truth and find peace.
Share the way.

Truth is. It needs no effort on our part to invent it. Truth has to be discovered, not invented. And what is hindering us from discovering it? We have been taught many lies, mountains of lies. Those are the barriers which go on falsifying the truth, which do not allow our hearts to reflect that which is.

Truth is not a logical conclusion. Truth is existence, reality. It is already here - it has always been here. Only truth exists. Then why cannot we find it? How do we manage not to find it? - because from the very childhood we are taught falsities, prejudices, ideologies, religions, philosophies. All lead you astray.

Truth is not an idea. You need not be a Hindu to know it, or a Mohammedan, or a Christian. If you are a Hindu you will never know it; your very being a Hindu will keep you blind. What do we mean when we say, “I am a Hindu, or a Mohammedan, or a Jew”? We mean, “I have already got ideas about truth - ideas from the Bible or the Koran or the Gita, but I have got ideas already. I don’t know the truth, but I know much about it.” And that knowing much about it is the only problem that has to be solved.

Once you drop your ideas about truth you will be confronting it, both within and without. You will be facing it - because there is nothing else!

But the parents, the society, the state, the church, the educational system all depend on lies. As the child is born they start trapping it into lies. And the child is helpless. He cannot escape his parents, he is utterly dependent; you can exploit his dependence. And it has been exploited down the ages.

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