Perception, Fact, Truth, Reality


ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् ।
Eeshaavaasyamidham Sarvam Yathkincha Jagathyaam Jagath |

Whatever is moving in the moving world is enveloped by Consciousness

I should use the word “filled”. Even “enveloped” is an incomplete word. “Filled”! “Enveloped” means, something which is getting enveloped is away from what is enveloped. No!

Listen! “Yathkincha Jagathyaam Jagath” (यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत्) – “Whatever you think as moving in ever-moving world” – it means, “moving”, “change”, is your perception and factual. Listen! Many times your perception is not factual, your factual is not truth, your truth is not reality. Listen! I am organizing words – Perception, Fact, Truth, Reality.

· PERCEPTION: Earth is flat. Sun goes around the Earth.

· FACT: Earth is round. Earth only is going around the Sun.

· TRUTH: Listen! Earth is not exactly round. And, Sun is going around the Earth.

· REALITY: How the Earth looks, see it from Google map. And Earth and Sun both are going around each other!

Understand? Perception, Fact, Truth, Reality.

I know, a lot of explanation and understanding is required.

Perception: The Earth is flat, because that much only you can perceive. And Sun is going around the Earth, because you see the Sun on one side (East) in the morning, and on the other side (West) in the evening. And he has literally gone around!

Then comes Fact: Fact is, the Earth is not flat; it is round. And the Sun is not going around the Earth; the Earth is only going around the Sun. Means, a little “expanded perception” – the perception, when it goes a little more than your perceived Time and Space. See, the Fact, when it is added for 365 days and a few thousand miles…..

Listen! Perception is because you can see only a few kilometres and a few hours. When you can see a few thousand kilometres and a few thousand hours, it evolves to Fact, Perception evolves to Fact. And when you can see a few million miles and a few million years, then Fact evolves to Truth where, actually, the Earth is not exactly round, and the Sun is going around the Earth.

Please understand, this you need to understand. I will explain.

(Two oranges are brought to Swamiji. Swamiji holds one in his left hand, and the other in his right hand).

See, the fruit in my right hand, consider this as the Sun. The fruit in my left hand is the Earth. This (Earth) goes around this (Sun) is what you consider as FACT. But you need to know, this whole setup (Sun and Earth together) is going around something! So, in that way, in a few million years, the Sun will go around the Earth once, understand? Because, this whole setup is going around, centred on something. That is what is TRUTH. And the REALITY is, if you see a few “Kalpas” (aeons, billions of years)….! First of all, the Earth’s shape is neither flat nor round. And it is ever changing. How it is, look at the Google map. And, whether Sun goes around the Earth, or Earth goes around the Sun, both of them are actually going around each other! That is REALITY.

Understand:

· PERCEPTION is: With the small Time and Space – your senses functioning.

· FACT is: Expansion of the Time and Space within your perception. Actually, your Perception is same, but with expanded Time and Space. That is FACT.

· TRUTH is: With the expanded Time and Space your Perception getting altered.

· REALITY is: Your Perception realizing the Truth beyond Time and Space.

Understand the definitions:

· Your perception working within the limitations of Time and Space is PERCEPTION.

· Your perception working beyond the limitations of Time and Space is FACT.

· Time and Space altering your perception is TRUTH.

· Your perception going beyond Time and Space is REALITY.

So, this statement – “Eeshaavaasyamidham Sarvam Yathkincha Jagathyaam Jagath” (ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत्) – it is Truth, not yet Reality. Reality is next statement. Next statement is Reality. This statement – “Eeshaavaasyamidham Sarvam Yathkincha Jagathyaam Jagath” (ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत्) – it is neither Perception nor Fact; it is Truth.

Listen! “The world is changing” can be Fact. And, “Change itself changes” is the Truth. Here, the Upanishads are NOT declaring –“Eeshaavaasyamidham Sarvam Yathkincha Jagath” (ईशावास्यमिदं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्). No! They are saying – “JAGATHYAAM Jagath” (जगत्यां जगत्) – “Changing which is established in constantly changing”. It is like, this fruit is moving. It is centred, established, on the other fruit; that is also moving. This (one fruit) is moving in some way, and this (the other fruit) is moving in other way. So, “the change established in change” – “JAGATHYAAM Jagath” (जगत्यां जगत्) – understand?

Whatever you perceive as change is not only changing, it is established on something which is changing. So, actually, by this statement, Upanishad declares: ‘Don’t suffer because of change. The change itself is established on change! Don’t have fear or greed because of change; because, the change is established on change!’ It is like, things are just moving constantly in front of your mouth like grapes, fruits, sweets, ice-cream, neem leaf. So many things. You just try to jump and catch that through your mouth. Sometimes, if it is tasty, you celebrate life. If it is bitter, you say, ‘Uggghh! Uggghh!’ Whatever it is, whether it is tasty or bitter, don’t worry; because, it is CHANGING! Changing itself is changing!

Once more defining:

· “PERCEPTION” is your senses operating within the limits of Time and Space.

· “FACT” means your senses operating beyond the boundaries of Time and Space.

· “TRUTH” means your perception is transformed by the perceived. Because it is too huge, the Time and Space itself is transforming the way you perceive, is TRUTH.

· “REALITY” means, perception beyond the boundaries of perception and Time and Space.

Perception is “Bhoga”. Fact is “Yoga”. Truth is “Jnana”. Reality is “Vijnana”.

Perception is “Bhoga” – senses. Perception leads always to “bhoga”, sensory pleasures.

Fact leads to always “Yoga” – trying to unite with the higher.

Truth leads to “Jnana” – enlightenment.

Reality leads to “Vijnana” – living Advaitha, living it.

Celebrate Saraswathi! Celebrate Upanishads!

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About Sri Nithya Sadashivatmananda

Initiated disciple of His Holiness Sri Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji.