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Quotes On Truth From Upanishads

A collection of quotes on truth from the Upanishads.

Satyam vada! Dharmam cara! – Speak the truth! Practice Virtue! (Taittiriya Upanishad Chapter I, section 11, Verse 1)

Satyameva Jayate nanrtam – Truth alone wins, not untruth (Mundaka Upanishad Chapter Chapter III Verse 6)

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By truth is laid the path called Devayana. (Mundaka Upanishad)

As oil in the sesame seed, butter in the curd, water in the stream, fire in the arani wood, so is the Atman in one’s self to be discovered by one who realizes it through truth and tapasya. (Brahma Upanishad, 17)

Satyam na pramaditavyam – Let there be no neglect of Truth (Taittiriya Upanishad Chapter I, section 11, Verse 1)

By truth is laid out the path leading to the gods (Mundaka Upanishad Chapter III Verse 6).

Truthfulness is excellent. What is excellent is truthfulness only. By truthfulness those who have attained to the state of blissfulness never fall from there. What belongs to sat, namely good people, that is indeed satyam (truthfulness). For this reason seekers of the highest good find delight in truthfulness. (Maha Narayana Upanishad Verse 78 – 1)

The face of truth is covered by a pot of gold. – Ishavasya Upanishad

Sound, touch, and others which seem to be Artha (wealth) are in fact Anartha (evil). The bhutatma (the lower self) clinging to these never remembers the Supreme Truth. (Maitreya Upanishad)

Eye cannot see it, ear cannot hear it nor tongue utter it; only in deep absorption can the mind, grown pure and silent, merge with the formless truth.

When the body dies, the Self does  not die. If the slayer believes that he can kill and the slain believes that he can be killed, neither knows the truth. 

That Brahman which is the object of real or supreme Knowledge, is Truth, awareness, Joy (Bliss) and non-dual (One without a second). (Katha Rudra Upanishad)

Just as by one clod of clay all that is made of clay is known, the modification being only a name, arising from speech, while the truth is that all is clay.

He who knows Brahman as the Eternal Embodiment of Truth and Knowledge, seated hidden in the cave (depth of the heart), in the ether above, he enjoys all blessings at one with Brahman, the omniscient. (Taittiriya Upanishad)

As a spider moves along the thread (it produces), and as from a fire tiny sparks fly in all directions, so from this Atman emanate all organs, all worlds, all gods, and all beings. Its secret name is ‘the Truth of truth’. Prana is truth, and It is the Truth of that. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad)



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