In times of universal deceit, telling
the truth is a revolutionary act.
         - George Orwell

Napoleon once observed that "history" is a set of lies agreed upon. In an era of ubiquitous fake news and information warfare, this has never been more true. The very concept of objective truth in history is fading out of our world. Pure propaganda and outright lies are passing into our history textbooks as unquestioned truth, condemning future generations to false views about historical reality. But the task of sifting through the lies and propaganda is overwhelming, limited by the ambition and time constraints of most observors. Only those who have dedicated their lives to sorting reality from falsehood are qualified to rewrite "consensus" history as a duty to humanity. The contributors to this site endeavor to do just that.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Telling the Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit

Namaste. I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides, and I honour the place in you of life, of light, of truth, of peace.

Welcome to Truthseeker, where the ultimate Truths about our existence will be explored without fear or self-censorship, no matter where they may lead.

In this era of fake news and propaganda, of political correctness and nihilistic disillusionment, of wars and poverty and suffering, it is more important than ever to find relief and grounding in radical truth-telling. This site endeavors to analyze history-in-the-making in the light of all the uncomfortable truths mainstream media and consensus reality would rather not face.  This is being pursued by all contributors in the faith that only by facing the truth of our existence can we hope to reach our human potential and fulfill our existential mission - whether individually or collectively.

Most of us are already somewhere along the path of facing the truth, which is often ugly.  Brutal honesty is not for the faint of heart.

It requires great courage, strength, and perseverence to withstand the natural inclination to flinch and look away, and to withstand the inevitable social ostracization.  But on the other end of truth and understanding, when one has "broken through" and is able to see reality for what it is, the rewards are unimaginable.

How one wishes to describe these rewards will vary from culture to culture:  for Christians, it is salvation; for Hindus, moksha; for Buddhists, nirvana.  But the bottom line is the same:  we ascend from the mundane and the profane and achieve a new state of being, a new level of consciousness - one free of illusion and separateness - and become one with the divine.

It is fair to ask how far along the road I have come in my journey towards Truth.  I don't pretend to be enlightened, or have all the answers, but I have been blessed with an incredible set of life experiences - both good and bad - which have served as a plentiful stockpile of "grist for the mill" of my awakening.  Most of these experiences were sought out - like attending university and travelling the world, while others were foisted upon me, like bankruptcy and imprisonment.  Certainly, the reading of thousands of books and millions of newspaper articles over a thirty-five year span has contributed to my self-sought education.  But the most recent breakthrough in my understanding and awakening has been the result of my meeting, and practicing under, a genuine Indian guru. In January, 2016, in Gokarna, India, I met Swami Ji Devianand, and immediately recognized him to be the life-teacher I had long sought.

Over the course of a month, lengthy kriya yoga meditation sessions in his cave dwelling overlooking the Indian ocean led to a much-needed breakthrough in my level of awareness.  Since then, I have given up all smoking, drugs and alcohol.  Through continued practice at home here in Canada, and through successive visits to India to live with and practice under Swami Ji, I have attained hitherto unimaginable degrees of peace and calmness.  The chatter of my mind has been greatly reduced, and the reality of human existence has been laid bare.  Free of dogma and unconscious frameworks, I am now able to take all that I have learned over the course of my life and apply it to the human predicament. This dogma-free perspective will hopefully shine in the historical and news analysis articles which follow.

Part of my maturing process has been to accept the limited vision of former great philosophers and world observers for what they are, and to integrate them into a much wider perspective.  A prodigious treasure is the common possession of all men:  that of the knowledge acquired by the efforts of the preceeding generations.  Even a quick walk through any of our pre-Internet paper-based libraries will attest to the incredible labours of countless truth seekers in the past to codify and preserve human understanding.  Without a doubt it requires no small personal effort to assimilate and master even a fraction of this corpus, but the fatigue to be surmounted in attaining this goal is incomparably more feeble than that demanded of our precursors, whose personal travails have advanced our understanding in each field incrementally as we collectively accumulate this precious knowledge.

Among all the amassing activities of the best and brightest among us, what field of knowledge is the most indispensible, the most beneficial?  Surely, the case can be made for science, as man's mastery over himself and nature has been the greatest factor behind the alleviation (for most of us, at least) of suffering and the promotion of humankind's power and creativity, unmatched by any other species. But lying behind science, driving its engines of progress, is myth - myth in the grand sense of the stories we tell ourselves.  Myth and religion are the very stuff of history, and without them we would be without the self-image and drive that impels us to understand and conquer nature.  History is the fruit of the past.  It is the memory of the world.  It does not, however, reveal a comprehensible overview of itself other than to those who take the labours to know the past.  As such, those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. History, which is the comprehension of the principle events which have marked the times passed by, is that part of the body of human knowledge which enlightens all others.  The degree of importance here attached to the actions of yesteryear can be measured by the unique role that their influence occupies , even now, in the ordering of the world in which we live.  The knowledge of the origins of that which still appears to dominate this world order is therefore the central core of history, and occupies the foundational understanding that the articles on this site will explore and thresh out.  This foundational understanding will inform all those obscure items of knowledge that will comprise and consolidate the scaffolding of a new superstructure of belief, facilitating a brand new understanding of the world in which we live.

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