‘Truth needs no explanation. It doesn’t require a plethora of interpretations, for, truth is self-evident. It’s self-explanatory. The moment we attempt to explain or interpret truth, we kill its very essence, nay, existence. It is falsification that needs clarification….’ This quote is from the Portuguese Nobel laureate Jose Saramago‘s novel, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. Truth is, indeed, axiomatic. There’s an Arabic adage, ‘Sadaqat Azhar-man’a’shams’ – truth is as bright and clear as the sunlight.
Once a disciple approached Anwari, the great Persian mystic and poet, and asked him to explain the purpose of human life. The taciturn Anwari told him that if you need an explanation to live, you had better cease to exist. Things are so crystal clear, yet many of us go on interpreting to make them all the more complicated.
Truth is like the musk of the deer. It’s always there but the deer is unaware. Yet, we’ve tried to reach the Truth through circuitous alleys and lanes. Mahayana Buddhism has an exiguous aphorism in Pali, ‘Vaakyam Hante’ – to say is to slay. The moment you speak about Truth, you kill it.
We all have realised that lies need continuous clarifications, not truth and honesty. As the Hindi proverb goes, ‘Haath kangan ko aarsi kya’, meaning, what’s direct needs no indirect approach. After all, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.