Peace, one and all…
There is but one Way. There is but one Truth. And yet, the means by which this way, this truth, is realised are as numberless as the grains of sand upon the shore. There are as many one ways as there are people to walk them. There are as many one truths as there are eyes to see, and hearts to feel.
In this realm of multiplicity, the singular, unique and living truth is filtered through all the minds, hearts and voices of creation. That is, language is a function of duality, of multiplicity, in that languages are attempts to strike a balance between personal and shared meanings. The truth itself is wordless, in that its origin lies beyond our human world. As truth descends into this realm it needs must be expressed in a given time, in a given language, in a given context. And, because each human ‘filter’ may be more or less obstructed in their ability to see and hear, so the amount of ‘pure truth’ they can perceive and express differs.
For me, this means several things. Firstly, it reminds me of my duty to listen lest I inadvertently spurn some particle of truth. Secondly, it underlines the necessity for humility. My words and ideas and meanings are limited; I do not perceive truth clearly. Therefore, others may well understand things with far greater clarity than I do. Even these words I now write are partial, limited, temporal. They mark out this moment’s attempt to understand and speak truth – they do not capture Truth Itself. Thirdly, multiplicity exists within unity, within oneness. In our own unique ways, we all attempt to express this oneness.
And may that Oneness be forever exalted.
Wa akhiru da’wana an il hamdu lillahi rabbil alameen.