The worst lier is the one who presents his beliefs as factual truths

shond's picture

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We have no choice but to rely on beliefs and theories when we adopt a certain spiritual path. And that's of course ok - beliefs and theories cover the domain which cannot be perceived by our senses and logic, the domain beyond the reach of our limited mind.

But when we disguise these theories as facts, we commit the most miserable felony. There is no greater lie than this. This lie causes a huge damage to ourselves and possibly to others who may trust us.

Why good and honest people deteriorate to such a low level of deception?

There are usually two reasons:

Wishful thinking: We want so badly that our beliefs will be true that at some point we "forget" that they are just beliefs and not facts. But deep down we, of course, know that they are just hypothesis, theories. So in order to convince ourselves in their wishful truthfulness we approach others and try to convince them. This is a known psychological rule: If others are ultimately convinced then I myself will be more convinced.

Ego and other hidden motives: We want to be the one who is right in the spiritual argument, our path is the correct, we want to be teachers, masters, avatars, saviors, we want to publish a book, make a lot of money, create a new religion, build an ashram, be endowed with a universal prestige. All these rely heavily on the validity of our claims. How can we be masters and saviors if we are not completely certain regarding our ideas? How can we expect the masses to follow us if we are not sure?

Inspect with a magnifying glass whether whatever you say is a fact or a belief. If it is a belief, note to yourself as well as to others that it is a belief. Remember that the fact that it is a belief does not weaken in any way your argument and does not require you in any way to abandon it. If you find yourself incapable at present time to admit that it is a belief, at least make sure to refrain from presenting it explicitly as a fact.

If you avoid doing so and persist with the deceit, you will arrive at a point where all your doctrines, wishful thinking, hidden motives, ego, followers and your wellbeing will crash in an awful catastrophe at your face with no prior notice.

Asanga's picture


Wonderfully said! Thank you...
I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Sun, 11/01/2009 - 14:49
gentlyok's picture

Trust in not knowing

Thank you for your thoughtful comments.
I only know that which I have experienced. That is enough for me. What little bit each of us truly knows through experience is enough. I was surprise to discover that what comes with not needing to accept dogma or the answers provided by others is a deeper trust, a deeper devotion. Perhaps " not knowing" takes a deeper trust and faith. To not need an answer but trust in the perfection of all that is brings a peace and a love that has no boundaries.

gentlyok | Mon, 11/02/2009 - 19:24
Azeemi's picture

the common mistake of generalisation

In that case, what you have written may also be put to strict scrutiny. This is what generalisation is prone to.

As some Guru has said, "Truth is not a matter of acceptance. Truth is a matter of Fact!"


Azeemi | Wed, 05/05/2010 - 10:22