Truth is, anything which is in accordance with facts and reality. Now is it Good or bad? Let us find out with the help of an example:
Suppose persons A and B are friends and are walking down a street. They both had met a few years ago, following which they had taken an instant liking to each other. Maybe because their personalities were so much alike. But now they are on this street, walking silently. It is almost midnight and there’s no one around. When suddenly they spot this beautiful red sports car, parked neatly on the side of the road.
The sight of the red car causes A, to first ogle at it. And then express a desire to buy a similar one, someday. Not because It’s a sports car but because he likes the colour of it. Primarily because red is his wife’s favourite colour, whom he loves very much.
While B on the other hand remains quiet, and then exhibits a twinge of unease, in the situation. This is because the colour red, reminds him of his physically abusive, alcoholic father. And this father of his use to drive around in a red coloured truck. He hates his father.
Here we see, that the aspect of reality being focused on, is the red car. And to narrow it down further, it is the colour red. Assuming the colour red to be the truth. We observe how, this same truth, manages to exact two very different reactions from the 2 persons in question. Even after the similarities of personality.
This happens because, the truth/reality (the colour red), is perceived as “good”, by A. And, the same is perceived as “bad”, by B.
But in actuality the colour, is neither good, nor is it bad. Only the perceptions of it are good or bad.
Similarly, the truth is neither good, nor bad. It exists in the moment and is free from duality. Until it first gets observed, and then perceived.
The moment it is perceived by a mind conditioned by mental impressions. It is brought down to the level of being “good” or “bad”. And such is the process by which, a non-dual truth is brought down to a world of duality.
The example above clearly demonstrates, how a person corrupts the pure nature of truth by perceiving it with a conditioned mind. A mind that is full of traumas, memories, dogmas, opinions, and views.
But the real danger arises when one fanatically commits himself to his own version of the truth. That is when tremendous scope for distrust amongst men, and violence opens up. So, to better understand the topic you can also read my article on “factfulness”.
Now assuming it’s been established, that truth/reality is non-dual, we can safely say that it is neither good, nor is it bad.
Here are 5 reasons you can be certain:
Truth is in the present
Whatever truth is perceived by our minds through the senses, is accompanied by thoughts. And while observing reality if we are thinking. Then it cannot be said that the observation is absolute. Because thoughts are like dirt stains on the glass you wish to look through. They obstruct the clear vision of the present moment. In absolute attentiveness or observation, there are no thoughts. The mind is emptied. Pure and in the moment. It is devoid of any name or form, other that the truth being observed. In such a state there is no good or bad. There is just the truth, in the barest of its existence.
In other words, Good or bad exists as long as there is perception. And given that perception is a form following the function of thoughts. We can conclude, that in a state of no-thought, there is no-perception, and therefore, no good or bad.
Truth is changeless
We know that nothing lasts forever. The state of everything in the universe is constantly changing. Even our perceptions of good or bad are subject to change. Therefore, change is the only truth. And this changeless truth can never be brought down to the level of being good or bad. As Good and bad are perceptions that keep changing with time, themselves.
Truth is impersonal
The truth does not care about the personality of the person looking at it. It does not care about how traumatic or peaceful someone’s past has been. It does not care about how big or small someone’s ambitions in life are. It does not care if it’s being looked at by a saint or by a sinner. It is impersonal and impartial. And does not side with anyone. Therefore, it is neither good nor bad. Only individual perceptions of it are good or bad.
Truth is one
For something to be called as good, there needs to exist a second thing which can be called as bad. But truth is here and now, in the present. It does not exist in the past, or the future. And there is nothing other than the truth. Anything else is a perception. And perception is not the truth. Therefore, truth is one. And so, truth is neither good, nor is it bad.
Truth is beyond mind.
The human mind functions in dualities. It functions in space and time. It chooses some aspects of the absolute truth as good, and others as bad. And that is why it spends a lifetime reacting positively to somethings and negatively to others. This happens because the mind perceives the one reality/truth as many, by virtue of its dogmas and views (impressions). Therefore, it can be said that a mind experiences reality/truth in as many ways as there are impressions in his mind. Creating the possibility of somethings to be called as good and the others, bad.
When all impressions and conditions are erased, so is the mind erased. What remains is the truth that previously lay beyond. The absolute, unadulterated, non-segmented, non-dual, and whole truth.
Have a nice day!!