The Inconvenient Truth

The Inconvenient Truth
The Inconvenient Truth

It has been quite some time now that I have been writing articles based on the inspiration in my heart. I have received a lot of accolades and acclaim. People thank me for providing many solutions and I write back to them telling that it is the Lord they must thank and not me for He is the inspiration. They are happy with my response and I am happy with their response. Why am I bringing this up now?

Just imagine, if today, I were to proclaim, “I am God. What I speak is the Truth and what I do is Dharma. And that is why you find solace and solutions in what I write, for what I write is Absolute.” I would be considered as pompous and as someone at the zenith of ego and blasphemy. People would get ticked off and maybe even stop reading what I write. What I write is the same but whether I put it in ‘humility’ or ‘pride’ makes a lot of difference apparently! I too, therefore, choose to write in ‘humility’ for I seek my readers support and agreement. And this is where I face the Inconvenient Truth.

Please allow me to elaborate.

It was on the 20th of October 1940 that a young boy in a village that had been described as ‘a stone’s throw from Stone Age’ sat on a rock and proclaimed himself to be God. He said,
“Oh mind (people)! Incessantly meditate on the feet of your Master. That alone will aid you across the ocean of worldly existence.”

Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam
Dusthara Bhavasaagara Tharanam

That was how Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba began what He called His mission. And the followers and devotees started flowing. Along with these followers and devotees also came the critics. The critics could not simply stand the ‘fact’ that a human is God! They felt that it was a pompous boast.

Looking back at the life of Baba, I feel that if only He had called Himself a saint or a man in touch with God, the critics would not be so many in number or so vehement in their venom. Even if He had said that He is one with God for He realized the Divine, people would have been less critical. But no! Swami said it very simply,
“I am God. And if you seek within you will realize that you too are Divine.”

Not much attention is paid to the second sentence though it is the longer one. And that’s because that is the Inconvenient Truth which demands too much if we accept it. The first sentence however is scrutinized and criticized, often quoted in isolation and, again, is not accepted for that too is the Inconvenient Truth! It has been so from times immemorial.

Jesus was stoned for 'blasphemy'....
Jesus was stoned for 'blasphemy'....

The experience Jesus had when he stated the Inconvenient Truth

Jesus was in the Temple walking up and down the Portico of Solomon. It was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem. Someone among the crowd asked him, “Are you the Christ (The Lord)?”
Jesus replied, “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30)
Hearing this, some of the people picked up stones to throw at him. Jesus asked them,
“I have shown many good works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?”
(John 10:32)
“We are stoning you not for doing a good work”, they replied,“but for blasphemy; though you are only a man, you claim to be God.” ( John 10:33)
Jesus answered them,
"Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods'? (John 10:34) If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside (John 10:35)

Why then do you say, ‘You are blaspheming’ because I said, ‘I am God’? Truly, I am God and you too are God.”

(The actual words according to the King James version of the Bible which was printed in 1839 are -
"Thou blasphemest because I said I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works; that ye may know and believe that The Father is in me, and I in Him" -
and I thank Doug for researching and sending this over to me.)

A depiction of the execution of Hosain Mansoor Al Halaj
A depiction of the execution of Hosain Mansoor Al Halaj

The experience of Mansoor, the Sufi saint, when he stated the Inconvenient Truth

In more recent times, the 11th century AD to be exact was the great Sufi saint, Hosain Mansoor al Halaj, whose life is of great interest and worth studying. He was a heroic soul that foughtalone and single handed against the entire orthodox and fixed religious beliefs of his time, when religion was at its zenith and had a very strong hold on the mind of the people.

Mansoor began to experience and realise in himself. His greatest words were "Anal Haq", meaning, "I am God." Although they expounded only the doctrine of the oneness of God and the Unity of the soul of man with the One, they became the cause of his sufferings, persecution and, ultimately, his death too. The entire Muslim belief opposed Mansoor. None could understand the meaning of his words. He was called a Kafir by all who heard him. The learned scholars tooopposed Mansoor and scorned his ideas. They all gathered and sent an appeal to the Khalif(king) urging strongly that Mansoor should be hanged. His friends sincerely implored him not to speak blasphemy and to fear God. Mansoor was driven to despair but He did not stop declaring the Inconvenient Truth.

Yet a last chance was given to Mansoor of escaping a cruel death. He was ordered to mount upon a platform and in the place of the words "Anal Haq"–"I am God", to say "Hooal Haq "- " He is God". Mansoor bravely mounted the platform and said, "The ocean of oneness is rolling on all sides, and in that my individuality has totally merged. I cannot separate myself from it. Mansoor has forgotten that he is Mansoor and has attained Divine Nature. Why should he leave this exalted position and again become a low earthly creature?" This was his reply to the prosecution.

It was a brutal torture that he had to undergo before he was killed by being cut into pieces. Swami tells the story with great poignancy. He says,
“Even though his limbs were chopped off, he kept saying 'Anal Haq'. And once he died by hanging, every drop of blood from his body was proclaiming , ‘Anal Haq’. The same was heard from the trees, the bird, the very skies themselves. That is when the Khalif repented his act and felt ashamed of his scholars.”

(You can read the elaborate version of Swami's narrative from the discourse He delivered on the 31st of March,1996.

Experience of Sri Sathya Sai Baba when he stated the Inconvenient Truth.

When, at the age of 14,he stated the Inconvenient Truth, his own parents were worried. They took him to a powerful practitioner who could ‘ward away evil possessing spirits’! The little boy, Sathya, appeared like a lamb being readied for torture. The practitioner first shaved Sathya's head, and then with a sharp instrument scratched "x" marks on his scalp. Sathya sat through the intense pain without flinching a bit. The witchdoctor poured on the open wounds of the bleeding scalp, the juice of lime, garlic and other acidic fruits. The parents, who were watching the proceedings in utter despair, were surprised, because there was not even a tear or a gasp of pain from the young boy!

The "torture-specialist" was now furious! He arranged that every day for some days, early in the morning, one hundred and eight pots of cold water were to be poured on the scalp. That, too, was done. His armory was now almost empty, and the "evil spirit" that possessed the boy had not admitted defeat; it had not shouted that it would leave him and go elsewhere! He then beat Sathya on the joints with a heavy stick to drive out what he called "stag fever" when the boy moved about, and "rock fever" when the boy was quiet!

Little Sathya underwent great torture but never budged from his stance of "I am God"
Little Sathya underwent great torture but never budged from his stance of "I am God" | Source

Finally he decided to use his strongest weapon which the toughest spirit cannot withstand, the "Kalikam." This is a magic collyrium, a mixture of all the fiery abracadabra in the repertory of torture. He applied it to Sathya's eyes. The parents were aghast at the consequences. Sathya's head and face swelled beyond recognition; they became red, and the burning sensation could be felt even by those who went near, according to the sister Venkamma.

The little lad of 14 asked later,
"Even after seeing all that fortitude and that miracle of a young boy passing unscathed through all that terror, you are not now convinced that I am Sai Baba. How then would you have reacted if I just made the Announcement one fine day? I wanted to make known that I am Divine, impervious to suffering, pain, or joy."

And His only teaching has been to love all and serve all because all are ONE. Thus, one must be able to see God in all.

What if someone says that scientific experiments prove that sugar is not sweet to taste?
What if someone says that scientific experiments prove that sugar is not sweet to taste?

How does one bear the tortures that the Inconvenient Truth brings?

Swami says,
“Truth fears nothing. Untruth shivers at every shadow”

Imagine someone came and told us,
“Our tests have shown that sugar is not sweet. Sugar is in fact bitter to taste.”
Our reaction would be one of shock and total disbelief. We will state back,
“Sugar is sweet. And it is sweet for you too if only you place it on your tongue and experience it.”

The critics refuse to do that. They produce many ‘theories’ and ‘facts’ to support the claim that sugar is not sweet. After trying their best, they are on the verge of giving up. As a last ditch attempt they say,
“If you do not accept that sugar is not sweet, we shall torture you and harm you.”

When we perceive a threat to ourselves, we think,
“Why should I simply get hurt in the process. I’ll save myself the pain by simply nodding to what they say.”

For one moment, imagine if the threat was like this,
“If you do not accept that sugar is not sweet, we shall break a chair... then break a table... and then break some houses.... and then break etc. “
Our response will be,
“Break all that you want. Do what you want. As far as I am concerned, sugar is sweet. As long as you don’t threaten me, I shall stick to my guns.”

And therein lies the answer. Be it Jesus, Mansoor or Sathya Sai, their response to those that opposed the Inconvenient Truth was,
“Break all that you want. Do what you want. As far as I am concerned, I am God. As long as you don’t threaten me, I shall stick to my guns.”

But the only difference was this - They knew that they could never be threatened because their body for them, was like what a chair or table is for us. And that is why they could say,
“Break this body if you wish, but I shall stick to my guns because you will never be able to threaten ‘ME’! For I am not the body, not the mind but the eternal Atma (Soul/God/Spirit).”

The scriptures say, “Na Brooyath Satyam Apriyam” (Never speak the unpleasant/inconvenient Truth). But in a time when Asatyam has become Priyam (Untruth has become convenient/pleasant), I guess we need to face this Inconvenient Truth for after all it is THE TRUTH! That Truth is our True Identity!

How ready are you to live by the Inconvenient Truth?

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Comments 25 comments

saisarannaga 3 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

An intricate but well thought over hub. Only Avatars could remain indifferent to the body like Jesus and Sai. Still we retain a lot of body consciousness. That is the sad part of our story. Thank you Aravind for bringing such lofty memories of Swami during the birthday fortnight!


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

You are always so very kind, Mr. Aravind. Thank You.

This comment does not have much to do with the article at hand (or maybe it does lol) but I wished to ask if You ever wrote anything about "Neti Neti". If You did maybe You can point me towards that article and if You did not, I certainly wish You will get the time to do so eventually.

Thank You again.

May Wakan Tanka walk with You.


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aravindb1982 3 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@Rajnish Talwar - That is indeed a unique way of describing Him! :)

Thank you. I might make use of the same term sometime in the future...

@Mr. Happy - I don't know how I missed acknowledging you my friend. You have expressed many beautiful thoughts.... Your comments always enrich any hub. Thanks


rajnish talwar 3 years ago

When someone asks me how I describe Baba, I find myself saying that I would rather refrain from getting into a controversy that Baba is God or not, but I can proclaim and assert with certainty that 'Baba is a God making factory'. Anyone who choses to Be God is welcome to visit this factory and if he is lucky to be accepted in he will come out as Him..


Manish 3 years ago

Very well articulated conveying the essence in simple words. The example of Jesus further added to the reading. Have you heard about the hymn Nearer My God to Thee, Nearer to Thee. . .The opening lines of this hymn which reads as “Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me”, itself reflect such a powerful emotion and desire to be one with the God regardless of the cost attached it (even if it takes our own cross to take us there).

Visit the following link to read in detail about this magical hymn. . .

http://musingsofawanderingheart.blogspot.in/2013/1...


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

This is a great and enlightening article. I am often condemned for denouncing organized religions who all portent to be the only true path to Heaven.

I also do not believe that God was ever incarnate and walked on this earth. So i am denounced again as evil for implying that Jesus was in fact NOT God, but merely a son of God as we all are sons and daughters of God on this earth.

Most people tend to define God by using human traits to portray him, and they cannot understand that by using such limited descriptions they are actually diminishing his presence in each of us.

I ran across this wonderful quote recently by an unknown author that sums it all up for me:

"Humanity is lost within the material world. Self serving captivates the connection between all things causing us to lose our sense of oneness with the universe".


padma 3 years ago

thanks a ton Aravind for this wonderful article..

Swami says,

“Truth fears nothing. Untruth shivers at every shadow”

Wat a powerful statement u have made us to realize.Swami has made u an instrument for reaching his teachings to blinds like me.


KokilaVaidyanathan 3 years ago

Sairam brother ...beautifully written...of course it's the Swami in you writing so has to be beautiful. Very thought provoking indeed!!! Thank you


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aravindb1982 3 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

Thanks Venu!

I shall link the discourse from within the article itself! :)

really true that one needs courage which is born from conviction.


Venu 3 years ago

The Mansoor story was told by Swami in a discourse on 31st March 1996. Really powerful. One thing that I have realized is that we will have the courage only when we are fully convinced of our Divinity


Mark Aspa 3 years ago

it is the trickiest path - seeing God in others and realising that we are God.

tricky, cos of that most slippery adversary who ruins everything and creates a totally believable phantom world in which 'we live' - or think we live.

To realise the most simple and explosive Truth that we are God and there is no separation and to blow the illusory ego out of existence - this is a task for the truly brave - or failing that, those who ask for Swami's Grace!


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aravindb1982 3 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@ Anonymous - To live by the Inconvenient truth is to realize that every thought we think, every word we speak and every act we do is God's act and so how pure and noble should they be! Every negative thought we harbor will bring negativity without fail because it is God's thought! Every positive word we speak will generate positivity for it is God's word!

It will make us so much more careful in what we think, speak and act lest we curse ourselves with negativity instead of blessing ourselves... You get it? :)


Anonymous 3 years ago

We live in a world where people always think they are superior than another. So, in certain circumstances, to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings (especially amongst friends), we have to just 'nod' and accept their premise(s). How to then live by the Inconvenient Truth?


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

“I am God. What I speak is the Truth and what I do is Dharma. And that is why you find solace and solutions in what I write, for what I write is Absolute.” - From my knowledge, some sorcerers speak of being able to attain the "god-form". This is pretty much the inconvenient truth You spoke about. Sorcerers know that switching our perception can be a dangerous thing. If one does not hold enough personal Power to come back (from the Nagual) to the base (what I call this three dimensional perspective), then one may be in danger of becoming or being seen as a megalomaniac. Either way, not a great outcome ... thus, one needs to be careful while venturing down this road.

"Why should he leave this exalted position and again become a low earthly creature?" - I would have to disagree with the words used here (but not with the idea). There are no lows or highs for me. It is All Experience and Manifestation: All is One.

“Truth fears nothing. Untruth shivers at every shadow” - I heard someone say not long ago that if You take a light candle in a dark room, Light will break the darkness but on the other hand, one cannot take darkness in a light room ... Truth/Light is perfect and beyond harm.

"When we perceive a threat to ourselves, we think,

“Why should I simply get hurt in the process. I’ll save myself the pain by simply nodding to what they say.” - Haha! This would be said by people who indulge in the ego and/or those who give-in to Fear. Love Truth and Light and Fear will be powerless: like trying to bring darkness in a light room. Haha!!

This was a great read, Mr. Aravind. Thank You for putting it together.

Cheers!


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@ TOBE54 - Thank you so much for your appreciative comment and good wishes. Reading it in the morning, it has already made my Sunday! With love and gratitude to my Lord, I shall continue writing...


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TOBE54 4 years ago

WOW!! What a beautiful article you wrote!! Extremely gifted you are and I thank you for such an informative and delightful read! I wish you well and in the hopes you continue to inspire and write with such a creative spirit; blessings and warmest regards!


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@ Amey - That is a beautiful thought to hold on to and keep working upon.

@ Nyamache - I could not understand exactly what you said. Could you please clarify? Thank you


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Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

Obviously there is the truth but the truth has been tempered with.


Amey 4 years ago

Read it again.. Beautifully written!! Extremely thought provoking... In fact heart provoking...

In fact what was Inconvenient for us to hear was the most convenient for them to tell because it was the truth... and truth is always very convenient :)

Lets not stop churning until it becomes the 'convenient' truth for us too...

Thank you for this wonderful hub!


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@ An Impressed Reader,

Of course, it is not an easy task. But still, though the subject is beyond intellectual agreement alone, one would have to agree that intellectual agreement is at least a step taken in the right direction....

Practice is very important - consistent and insistent one at that. Sow the seeds and some will sprout when the right time and conditions come.

Thank you for your in'sai'ghts


An Impressed Reader 4 years ago

Very well thought out write up conveying a timeless truth.. I indeed felt very uncomfortable facing it :)

I think this realisation is going to be a very gradual process for me .. I don’t think I can suddenly understand and live by the truth .. To me, it still stands as a fact that I know is true but am not able to internally accept it for that requires personal experience followed by realisation.. But I am sure it shall dawn when I am refined enough..

When I think through my journey with Swami, I see that he has brought about amazing changes in my thoughts, words, deeds, understanding and attitude towards life.. But it has been a gradual process paced at perfect speed by the master..

So I am sure that Swami, at his own pace and by the perfectly designed and customised lesson plan that he has drawn for each of us, shall for sure lead each of us to that truth .. But whether it is by baby steps or leaps and bounds depends on our earnestness,efforts and commitment.. Looking at it from that perspective, it is important that we keep bombarding our mind with this truth.. Even if it does not dawn immediately, sowing those seeds will ensure that it surfaces from the depths at the right moment ..

Thanks for this thought provoking post .. It made me evaluate and understand where I stand in my inner journey ..


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@ darshi - Well, I think that is a subset of "Living by it"! :)

Of course it is tough for we have been so so so used to 'being' the body or mind....

nice and open of you to share what you are feeling... Thank you


darshi 4 years ago

Maybe you want to add another option to the poll Anna - living by it - not easy, but persevering to realise the Inconvenient Truth.

I think that's where I would fall.

I think I realised something today. There are two ways to look at things :

1. Swami's leading us to the information we want, and that's how we find your hubs that resonate with answers we need or any other materials/persons for that matter.

2. We are leading ourselves to all of these - because, we are in fact, God. We have written these hubs as you, we have asked for the experience of writing, reading, and remembering the Truth.

So....I guess the Inconvenient Truth is, I have led myself to this hub, which I myself have written as Aravind Balasubramanya. :)

There, I said it. I am God...or at least, working on removing the layers of Illusion that tell me I am just Darshana.

I give thanks to you, Anna, for the Sai in you that has written and declared this Truth without holding anything back.


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

Thank you Doug. I agree completely to what you say and I shall incorporate that into the hub. To tell you the Truth, I Googled that and found so many versions. All of them were different in words but same in the Spirit. So I picked up the one which said, "Latest modern version."

But the version you have stated here is so wonderful and awesome... It is so profound.

I shall incorporate this into the hub


doug 4 years ago

Hi there. In my version of the Bible which is the King James version and was printed in 1839 (handed down through our family) it does not say anywhere in Chapter 10 - "You are blaspheming me because I said I am God? Truly I am god and you too are god". What is written, at least in my version of the Bible is; "Thou blasphemest because I said I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works; that ye may know and believe that The Father is in me, and I in Him".

Warm regards.

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