Truth Simply Is - In Gita Verse 11.33 Therefore get up. Prepare to ﬁght and win glory. Conquer your enemies and enjoy a ﬂourishing kingdom. They are already put to death by My arrangement, and you, O Savyasācī, can be but an instrument in the ﬁght.
Now Krishna says to Arjuna that accept yourself and trust me. Get up and conquer your enemies. They are already put to death by my arrangements. You are just an instrument to kill their bodies.
In my Bhagavad Gita Verse 5.23, blog I wrote - The moment you can say to God, “I am perfect as I am, I am happy as I am,” this is what in the East we call shraddha — trust; then you have accepted yourself and in accepting yourself you have accepted your creator. Denying yourself you deny your creator.
To accept yourself you need to drop your mind.
Buddhism is an effort to drop the mind totally. But how to drop the mind?
By the dropping of the mind, all distinctions are dropped and you are in a deep, undiscriminated reality.
That is what the truth is. It is not God, it is not Devil; it is not light, it is not darkness — it is beyond both.
It is said of a Zen Master, who, in his younger days, was a disciple of another Master, that he had been working hard at his meditation for months together. The one day the Master came, sat in front of him with a brick and started rubbing the brick on the stone. The sound was there and it was distracting and disturbing to the young disciple.
Finally, irritated, the young man asked, ‘What are you doing?’
The Master said, ‘I am trying to make a mirror.’
The disciple said, ‘Have you gone mad? Just by polishing a brick a mirror cannot be made, you may polish it for your whole life. Mirrors are not made that way.’
And the Master said, ‘Then I have nothing to say to you. You are trying to polish your mind. Mirrors are not made that way either. I throw this brick - see - you do the same.’
Drop the mind. It is not a question of polishing the mind, modifying the mind, making it more and more clear. It is not a question of changing the mind, it is a question of dropping it utterly.
Buddhism is an effort to drop the mind totally. But how to drop the mind? If you continue in thinking - likes and dislikes, prejudices, this is good, this is bad - then you cannot drop the mind because it is the mind which distinguishes, discriminates, it is the mind which divides, categorises. All categories are of the mind.
That’s why Buddhists don’t say that God is good and Devil is bad, because for a Buddhist God and Devil are both of the mind - good and bad. That’s why Buddhists don’t say choose heaven and avoid hell because they say both are of the mind - hell and heaven. Drop the whole mind. And by the dropping of the mind, all distinctions are dropped and you are in a deep, undiscriminated reality.
That is what the truth is. It is not God, it is not Devil; it is not light, it is not darkness - it is beyond both.
TRUTH IS. Truth simply is. It is neither old nor new. It is eternal, it has no reference to time at all; it is beyond time. That is the meaning of the eternal. Eternal does not mean forever, because forever has a reference to time; eternal does not mean permanent, because permanency has a reference to time. Eternal simply means timeless. It is.
Truth is never past and never future. It knows only one tense, the present. Truth knows only one time, now - which is not time at all; but it is timelessness. And truth knows only one space, that is here - which is not space at all; it is transcendence of space. Truth is always now-here. Truth has no history. History belongs to the world of lies. Politics has history, religion has no history.
This is the first thing to be understood: that truth cannot be old and cannot be new either. If truth can be new then one day it will become old. Whatsoever is new today will be old tomorrow. Truth is never old, hence it can never be new.
Truth is equivalent to existence. In a way, it can be said that it is as old as the mountains, and as new as this morning’s dewdrops - but that is only a way of saying. What is being said is that truth is eternal.
Krishna tells Arjuna that drop your mind, trust me that is what Truth Is. Conquer your enemy who are already dead by me.