The Elusive Truth?
The human intelligence has gone in search of knowledge at several levels. Success has welcomed it to a great extent. But the search for the ultimate reality has not reached anywhere. ‘That’ is still elusive. It is still unknown. It may be really non¬existent. But even its non-existence has not been established. The opinions vary. The search is on. In this backdrop, this book is about the quest of man for knowing the ultimate truth. The limitations of the human intelligence forced them to conclude it in various ways. They give it various names and forms. It is a wonder that the people create a lot of names, forms and stories on something that never appears publicly.
The book, which contains 18 chapters, goes through man’s quest for the ultimate. The mysteries of the universe have always fascinated man. He has wondered how the whole world functions just like a reign by a powerful autocrat. He has often ventured into these mysteries daringly. The seekers of the truth have gone beyond mere stories of imagination and thrown their worldly lives away in search of the truth. They have forsaken the pleasures of this world and spent the entire life in contemplation on the truth in some isolated forests. The book underlines that the concept has gone through various millennia and many turbulent times. The concept got interpreted and reinterpreted innumerable times. With each change in the society and beliefs, it got another interpretation. But the concept of the ultimate truth was discarded in the Modern Era when the method of the search for the truth became the realistic experimentation and observation rather than the deep abstract contemplations. The truth became what we have discovered so far. The truth that yet to be discovered became false. There were only two aspects–true or false. There is nothing undecided. The precision of this scientific approach shattered the world of faith in Europe.
In another chapter, the book highlights that despite all the knowledge revolution through which the humanity is passing through, the realisation that we are nowhere near the ultimate reality towers over it. It is intimidating. The search naturally relieves the seeker of all the aspects of the normal life. He stands to lose a lot. There is no certainty about the success at the end. It is a very difficult path. The path is difficult to tread on, like a razor’s edge. Still the human being does not sit idle. He is firm on moving forward in the search for the truth, like Nachikethas.
Further dwelling on the concept of God, the writer emphasises that it has always been there in the world, but it was never the same. Although a Christian believes that his God is true God and a Muslim believes that Allah is true God, the fact remains that many communities had believed in many Gods at various times. This fact destroys the claims of various faiths and so a believer will hardly like to hear this fact. But a mere glance at the various beliefs about Gods over the time will be enough to free the believer from his faith. The book concludes that we can use the scientific methods to find out the truths of the universe. But the science is limited to the material world. Therefore, the writer poses whether the science will ever reach the mystery behind the life force.
By Ashok Kumar