Truth /Supreme Truth/ Truthfulness

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DefinitionsSupreme: final; ultimate Truth:the quality of being in accordance with experience, facts, or reality; conformity with fact.

Truth: the true or actual state of a matter Truthfulness: telling or expressing the truth 1. something factual: the thing that corresponds fact to reality. 2. true quality: correspondence to fact or reality 3. true statement: a statement that corresponds to fact or realityHis story was a mixture of truths and untruths. 4. obvious fact: something that is so clearly true that it hardly needs to be stated 5. something generally believed: a statement that is generally believed to be true a religious truth 6. honesty: honesty and sincerity I can say in all truth that I never knew about his crimes. 7. conformity: adherence to a standard or law 8. loyalty: faithfulness to a person or a cause ( dated )  9. U.K. accuracy: accuracy of alignment, setting, position, or shape ( dated )  [Old English trēowth “faithfulness” < trēow(see true)]

 

Christianity When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. (John 16:13, New Revised Standard Version)

Hinduism

Neither the mind nor the faculties of speech, sight, intelligence, the life air or any of the senses are capable of penetrating that Supreme Truth, any more than small sparks can affect the original fire from which they are generated. Not even the authoritative language of the Vedas can perfectly describe the Supreme Truth, since the Vedas themselves disclaim the possibility that the Truth can be expressed by words – Shreemad Bhagavatam 11:3:36

The eye does not go thither, nor speech, nor mind. We do not know, we do not understand, how any one can teach it. It is different from the known, it is also above the unknown, thus we have heard from those of old, who taught us this.
That which is not expressed by speech and by which speech is expressed, that alone know as Brahman, not that which people here adore.
– Kena Upanishad 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

atmaiva kevalam sarvam bhedabhedo na vidyate
asti nasti katham bruyam
vismayah pratibhati me

Verily the one Self is all, free from differentiation and non-differentiation. Neither can it be said, “It is” nor “It is not.” What a great mystery
–  Avadhuta Gita 1.4

Whatever takes form is false.
Only the formless endures.

When you understand
The truth of this teaching,
You will not be born again.

For God is infinite,
Within the body and without,
Like a mirror,
And the image in a mirror.
As the air is everywhere,
Flowing around a pot
And filling it,
So God is everywhere,
Filling all things
And flowing through them forever.
– Ashtavakra Gita 1: 18-20

He by whom it (Brahman) is not thought, by him it is thought; he by whom it is thought, knows it not. It is not understood by those who understand it, it is understood by those who do not understand it. – Kena Upanishad 2.3

Truth alone wins, and not untruth. By truth is laid the path called Devayana, by which the desireless seers ascend to where exists the supreme treasure attainable through truth.

It is great and self-effulgent; and Its form is unthinkable. It is subtler than the subtle. It shines diversely. It is farther away than the far-off, and It is near at hand in this body. Among sentient beings It is (perceived as) seated in this very body, in the cavity of the heart.

It is not comprehended through the eye, nor through speech, nor through the other senses; nor is It attained through austerity or karma. Since one becomes purified in mind through the favourableness of the intellect, therefore can one see that indivisible Self through meditation. Mundaka Upanishad

Beyond the sense organs are the objects of sense. Beyond them is the mind. Beyond it is the brain or intuition. Beyond that is the great soul (one of the aspects of the Atma).

Beyond that great soul is the unmanifest divine. Beyond that is the Purusha (the all knowing and all pervading Atma). There is nothing beyond the Purusha. That is the end. That is the supreme. Katha Upanishad

He by whom it (Brahman) is not thought, by him it is thought; he by whom it is thought, knows it not. It is not understood by those who understand it, it is understood by those who do not understand it. – Kena Upanishad 2.3

Truth alone wins, and not untruth. By truth is laid the path called Devayana, by which the desireless seers ascend to where exists the supreme treasure attainable through truth.

Truth alone conquers, not falsehood. By truth is laid out the path leading to the gods by which the sages whose desires are satisfied ascend to where the supreme home of truth is. – Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6

It is great and self-effulgent; and Its form is unthinkable. It is subtler than the subtle. It shines diversely. It is farther away than the far-off, and It is near at hand in this body. Among sentient beings It is (perceived as) seated in this very body, in the cavity of the heart.

It is not comprehended through the eye, nor through speech, nor through the other senses; nor is It attained through austerity or karma. Since one becomes purified in mind through the favourableness of the intellect, therefore can one see that indivisible Self through meditation. Mundaka Upanishad

Beyond the sense organs are the objects of sense. Beyond them is the mind. Beyond it is the brain or intuition. Beyond that is the great soul (one of the aspects of the Atma).

Beyond that great soul is the unmanifest divine. Beyond that is the Purusha (the all knowing and all pervading Atma). There is nothing beyond the Purusha. That is the end. That is the supreme. Katha Upanishad

Islam

“Always Speak the Truth, even if there is fear in speaking the Truth. Remember there is Freedom in speaking the Truth” – Prophet Muhammad (saw)

 

Jainism
[Source: jainworld.com]

The whole process of evolution, for the spirit,
is an awakening to the truths,and the means of implementation of those truths,that are eternally present in itself. What was implicit has to become explicit.

What is Truth?
It is an object of knowledge; an object of love
and of the knowledge which is at the fountainhead of love?
Or does it consist, even more than these, in a universal self-identification,giving rise to the incorporation of the essence of every other being in oneself, and the living of a life that is at each point a perfect consummation of oneself?
In this last view, Truth is a becoming
but with a quality of finality, a progressive attainment yet a realization.
Truth is Life in its highest, most evolved state,
the fullest revelation of its essence.

Before we can receive in our hearts the Truth
which springs from the deepest part of ourselves,
we have to be prepared by a cleansing,
a baptism, not merely with water but also with fire.
That with the help of which we can know the truth,
control the restless mind, and purify the soul is called knowledge.
Mahavira (Mulachara, 5/70)

O Self ! Practice Truth, and nothing but Truth.
Mahavira (Acaranga, 3/3/66)

Enlightened by the light of Truth, the wise transcends death.
Mahavira (Acaranga, 3/3/66)

Truth alone is the essence in the world.
Mahavira (Prasnavyakarna, 2/2)

The ascetic who never thinks of telling a lie out of attachment,
aversion or delusion is indeed the practiser of the second vrata of truthfulness.
Mahavira (Niyamasara, 57)

A truthful man is treated as reliable as the mother,
as venerable as the guru (preceptor) and as beloved
as the one who commands knowledge.
Mahavira (Mulachara, 837)

Truthfulness indeed is tapa (penance).
In truthfulness do reside self-restraint and all other virtues.
Just as the fish can live only in the sea,
so can all other virtues reside in Truthfulness alone.
Mahavira (Bhagavati Aradhana, 842)

One may have a tuft or matted hair on the head or a shaven head,
remain naked or wear a rag.
But if he tells a lie, all this is futile or fruitless.
Mahavira (Bhagavat Aradhana, 843

 

Judaism

“Truth,” taught Rabbi Hanina, “is the seal of God Himself.” Those who simulate in their speech were looked upon by the rabbis as idolators. Not merely fraud itself, but misleading a person in his opinions is condemned by the rabbis. The rule of the Talmud is: “It is forbidden to mislead a fellow-creature, including a non-Jew.” “The Holy One, blessed be He,” a Talmudic statement generalizes, “hates a person who says one thing with his mouth and is of another opinion in his heart.” According to Rabban Simeon ben Gamaliel, truth is one of the three pillars on which the world rests; the other two are justice and peace.

Sikhism Truth is high, higher still is truthful living. –  Guru Nanak:

Science of Mind /.Religious Science
Truth – That which is.  It is the Reason, Cause and Power in and through everything.  It is Birthless, Deathless, Changeless, Complete, Perfect, Whole, Self-Existent, Causeless, Almighty, God, Spirit, Law, Mind, Intelligence, and anything and everything that implies Reality.  By a process of axiomatic
reasoning, we arrive at the conclusion that Spirit knows nothing outside Itself. The Truth is that which Is; and being that which Is, It must be Infinite and All. Being Infinite or All, the Truth can have nothing outside Itself; consequently, the Spirit is Indivisible, Changeless and Complete within Itself.  Itself is all that is – both Cause and Effect, the Alpha and the Omega.  (Source – Glossary of Terms – The Science of Mind – A Philosophy, A Faith, A Way of Life by Ernest Holmes)

Scientology
Truth – that which works, and that which works most broadly to that which it is applied. ~~is what is.
Truth is built by those who have the breadth & balance to see also where they’re wrong. L. Ron Hubbard A New Slant on Life

Shinto
Sincerity is a witness to truth.

Taoism
“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the slightest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.”
― Hsin Hsin Ming
Theosophy
There is no religion higher than truth.

Zoroastrianism

He who upholds Truth with all the might of his power,
He who upholds Truth the utmost in his word and deed,
He, indeed, is Thy most valued helper, O Mazda Ahura! – Ahunuvaiti Gatha; Yasna 31, 22.

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