Chapter 22: Freedom Doesn’t Choose, It Discovers
He has established relativity so deeply that it has become almost interwoven with all scientific findings. But only one thing I want you to remember: he is talking about facts and calling them truth. Because of that, the mystics had to use the word ultimate. They want to tell you that there is an experience which is beyond relativity. That’s all their meaning is: truth is ultimate.
For example, what I have experienced in these thirty-five years in different situations - it has remained the same, and I know even in my death it will not be different. This is truth: that which remains the same, whatever happens around it, the center of the cyclone.
The whole world is full of facts. Facts are relative. Now, it has to be made very clear to the scientists that what Einstein was talking about was not truth, but fact. But for science there is no truth other than what they discover. The mystic’s truth they don’t accept because the mystic cannot put it in front of the scientists so that they can dissect it and find out what constitutes it - its measurement, weight, and things like that. It is an experience, and totally subjective. It cannot be made objective.
So let us say it in this way, if they insist on calling it truth: objective truths are all relative, and subjective truth is always ultimate. Just not to get it mixed up, the mystics have been calling it the ultimate truth.
All truth is ultimate. But there are scientific truths which are really only facts. For example, if you are sitting on a hot stove the experience of time going very slowly is just a fact of your psychology; it has nothing to do with time. But nobody has pointed that out to Albert Einstein. When you are sitting with your girlfriend and time passes fast, it has nothing to do with time; it has something to do with your mind.
Time goes with its own speed. It does not change; otherwise there would be such a difficulty. Somebody is sitting on the hot stove, and somebody is sitting with his girlfriend - what will poor time do? Go slow or go fast? Time remains the same; it is your mind, your concept of time which is relative.
All objective truths are relative. You cannot say that somebody is tall; that statement will not be correct, because the tallness of the person has to be relative. Tall in comparison to whom? You have to make it complete. Somebody is fat, but just that much is not right and not complete. You have to make it clear that he is fatter than Avirbhava, or thinner than Anando. Unless you make the comparison, you cannot use relative terms.
But we are using them. Because people are using relative words, the mystics have been compelled to say the “ultimate” truth; otherwise, just saying “the truth” would be sufficient because ultimateness is its intrinsic nature. But it has to be repeated; otherwise there are people who will get misguided, confused, because they have heard about relative truths and they will make your truth also into a relative truth. So a distinction has to be made. To draw that distinction, the word ultimate is used - unwillingly.