‘Satyameva Jayate’ is the national motto of India, meaning ‘Truth Alone Triumphs’. Unfortunately enough, at present, this phrase seems to be obscured in a world filled with deception and lies. People can spin lies and weave deceptions to any extent in order to gain unjust rewards. Because we live in times where misleading and false information is presented as news and widely circulated through various media platforms, It is said that we are living in a post-truth era.
Lying is something that most of us have become very adept at. We lie with ease, in ways small and big, to friends, co-workers, strangers, and so on. We may not do it in ways that seem very blatant to us; small deceptions are often pushed through in order to avoid the slightest discomfort or for instant gratification. It is worth remembering that such deceptions, even though leading to some short-term gains, are short-lived and end up in disappointment. We end up deceiving only ourselves. Lies, whether small or big, are bound to eventually unravel, causing great damage to our reputation and relationships.
Truth, on the other hand, may be hard to confront, but will lead to eventual joy. It may feel like foolishness to uncompromisingly cling to the truth in the short-term, but in the long run it’s only truth that will prevail. The Bible says “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” To be free from the greatest trap of self-deception, our mind needs to be oriented towards seeking the truth. Jesus affirmed boldly to his disciples, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. The way to discovering the ultimate truth of life may be to begin a relationship with this same Jesus.
‘Satyameva Jayate’, as inscribed at the bottom of the national emblem, may also need to be inscribed at the bottom of our very hearts. May we all strive to lead a life in pursuit of all that is true – the ultimate Truth.