What is Truth?

“What is truth, and what is its nature,” was the question Arjuna asked Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Sadhguru explains Krishna’s answer, and elaborates on the “ultimate nectar of life.”
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“What is truth, and what is its nature,” was the question Arjuna asked Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Sadhguru explains Krishna’s answer, and elaborates on the “ultimate nectar of life.”

Sadhguru: When Arjuna asked Krishna, “What is the nature of this truth that you are talking about? I am not able to grasp it,” Krishna said, “The nature of the truth is such that if you drink what looks like amritam (nectar), it will become visham (poison). If you drink what looks like visham, it will become amritam.”

The one thing that you don’t want in your life is emptiness. All the trouble that you take on in your life in terms of education, family, profession, money and problems, is because somehow, you want to ensure that your life is not empty. That’s all you are trying to do, at any cost. But if you become empty consciously, that is the ultimate nectar of life. And yet, in your normal perception, it is absolute poison. Nobody wants it. But if you drink it, it becomes your nectar.

If the divine has to enter you and manifest itself within you, you need empty space.

At the same time, all the other things that you thought of as nectar – whether it was knowledge, money, power, love or whatever – you ran after them, but what is it that has happened to you? Little pleasures have come to you but ultimately, by the time you look around, your life is gone. In trying to run after the so-called nectar, you are robbed of life. And all the bitterness and suffering on this planet is only because people are running after these things, isn't it? But if you go for that which looks like poison, your life will become nectar. That is the nature of the truth.

If the divine has to enter you and manifest itself within you, you need empty space. Otherwise, all that is there is just the devil of your mind. Only if emptiness happens, divine-ness will happen to you. You have known love, joy and peace only in moments of emptiness – all the beautiful things have happened to you only in moments of emptiness. But logically and mentally, you think emptiness is the one thing that you don’t want. It looks like poison, but it is nectar.

Hitting the Goldmine

If you run after fulfillment, it will be an endless run. You will never be fulfilled. There are three ways in which you try to fulfill yourself. You want your pocket to be full with wealth. You want your head to be full – you want to know everything. You want your heart to be full – you want to love and you want people to love you. These are the only three ways through which you are attempting fulfillment. Now suppose I give you all the money in the planet, will your pocket become full or can it take some more? It can take some more, isn’t it? So in the very nature of things, your pocket cannot become full. If I grind all the libraries on this planet and pour it into your head, will your head become full? No, it can take some more. So in the very nature of things, your head cannot become full. If you include the whole population as a part of yourself and love them, will your heart become full or can you include a newborn child also? You can, so this also cannot become full. So if you run after fulfillment, you will be on an endless run.

But emptiness is always full. That which is empty is absolutely empty. It is never half empty. There is no such thing as incomplete emptiness. To see this, it takes awareness, and only then you recognize the nectar of life. Otherwise, you mistake the poison as nectar and waste your life running after that. This is the fundamental of spiritual life. People think that someone on the spiritual path has given up everything. They have not given up anything. They have hit a goldmine. No problems, no nonsense.

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Editor's Note: This article was published in The New Indian Express on 25 Nov, 2012 .

 
 
 
 
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5 years 5 months ago

How can I drink this nectar? My life is very empty right now. I try to fill it because if I don't, my mind becomes fearful and depressed, and my body becomes unwell. I try to give myself to boredom, to whatever arises. I mostly become discouraged and feel isolated with it.

6 years 8 months ago

Beautiful.... I am not judging Sadhguru's saying...I am just saying how I feel right now after reading this. This emptiness happens very often... but doesn't stay. I just need to go on... just BE. Thank you Sadhguru. Let me just BE.

5 years 1 month ago

Last paragraph is great.. "People think that someone on the spiritual path has given up everything. They have not given up anything. They have hit a goldmine. No problems, no nonsense." ~~ Sadhguru

6 years 8 months ago

Wonderful!

6 years 8 months ago

Ramya- Yoga, Kriya, Meditation will help experience that emptiness :-D

4 years 9 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru, one question is women born for men ? or women created for gurus testcases ? Could you please throw some light ? Oh seed generator creator give a nourishing space before you bring me in this world

6 years 8 months ago

Its very true and great explanation. After reading this article my mind wanders how to get that emptyness ie. the ways to get it. kindly suggest. I wish to taste the nectar of life.

6 years 8 months ago

We are all in a Rat race trying to achieve all sorts of things, but fail to realize that this
is only a short terms run and before we arrive at it we are running for something else, The real treasure is within our inner self, but society has conditioned us to look outside and not within, we will find nectar only within , but we will arrive at it only thru realization, Sadhguru has touched upon a million lives with this article , love you

4 years 1 month ago

A profound insight. Although I can't wrap my head or hart around it. I have a sense of what Sadhguru is talking about, yet it makes me very confused. :-)

6 years 8 months ago

wonderful expalnatoin of spirtutal life ......great

6 years 8 months ago

Emptiness reflects the soul image of the Self and Bliss is experienced in this state.Sadhguru calls this Amrit.Thanks, Sadhguru for Enlightening thought.

3 years 11 months ago

Jai Guru Ji!!!

6 years 8 months ago

thank you guru ji

6 years 8 months ago

A very well explained analogy of the TRUTH & the nature thereof the TRUTH by the reverend Sadguru Apparently I read another rather an interesting as well convincing analogy of TRUTH: A young man was dejected by the behavior of the family for his truthfulness so went away to forest for a penance with a vow to never utter UNTRUTH & to hear the inner voice more clearly. One day the loud commotion broke his trance and he saw a person came running and hid in his hut few moments later police came in his pursuit & asked him in very stern tone did you see the thief here, tell the truth else you will be punished. Not aware of the fact of the matter & reality he replied '' The Eye which can See, can not Speak & The Tongue which Speaks can not See, and this is the real TRUTH "

3 years 11 months ago

It's always nice to read Sadhguru's articles, which always stimulate questions in my mind and I am sure many others will agree with me. In the above article we learnt the significance of Emptiness. But, What does Emptiness literally translate into for an individual? and How can one experience or attain & sustain Emptiness while being attached and connected to beings, things, responsibilities etc.(in our lives) coz these things are bound to induce emotions, information and other related elements that would fill up(not completely) one's mind or heart.

6 years 8 months ago

Thanks Sadhguru ! Let emptiness Persuade (self) with the Blessings of Sadhguru.

6 years 8 months ago

u can attend Satguru's prog in Hyd from 15th to 17th Feb. u wl hv a wonderful exp. n understand this article further more

3 years 8 months ago

Hallo, if it is not in the very nature things that they can't fulfill us but still we run after them..obviously our passions,pleasures. Then what has that nature which can fulfill us ?and,What kind of emptyness is Sadguru refering to ?

6 years 8 months ago

I cant help wondering how the timing of these articles is soo amazing...I read this just at a time when I realize, how lonely I am by myself and how I need to have my family and friends around me all the time...otherwise I am soo lonely and sometimes bitter too...clearly I have a looong way...

6 years 7 months ago

Felt nice after reading this

3 years 4 months ago

Jai Sadgurudeva, Emptyness is the nature Siva when you empty yourself from these illusionery aspects and the very personality he is simply there.

6 years 8 months ago

What a "amritam" information!!!

5 years 11 months ago

Last paragraph made me feel good.

6 years 8 months ago

Please attend Isha yoga programme or "Inner Engineering" - that will be the starting point. If you are already an Isha meditator, continue your sadhana properly. hope this is sufficient info.

5 years 11 months ago

all that you are doing to achieve your goal is meaningless.

6 years 8 months ago

this is a much in-depth explanation for our thirst in seeking the truth. i am in awe Sadhguru. you truly are full of wisdom.

5 years 11 months ago

thank you sadhguru..

6 years 8 months ago

Namaskarams Sadhguru....I wish everyone understands this...Thanks for making me capable of understanding this!!