Frankenstein : Truth Is, I Am A Monster


If you do not understand the relationship between yourself and your wife, between yourself and your child, how can another resolve the conflict arising out of that relationship? Similarly with ideas, beliefs and so on. Being confused in your relationship with people, with property, with ideas, you seek a saviour. If he is a real saviour, he will tell you to understand yourself. You are the source of all misunderstanding and confusion; and you can resolve that conflict only when you understand yourself in relationship.

You cannot find truth through anybody else. How can you? Truth is not something static; it has no fixed abode; it is not an end, a goal. On the contrary, it is living, dynamic, alert, alive. How can it be an end? If truth is a fixed point it is no longer truth; it is then a mere opinion. Truth is the unknown, and a mind that is seeking truth will never find it, for mind is made up of the known, it is the result of the past, the outcome of time - which you can observe for yourself. Mind is the instrument of the known, hence it cannot find the unknown; it can only move from the known to the known.

When the mind seeks truth, the truth it has read about in books, that 'truth' is self-projected; for then the mind is merely in pursuit of the known, a more satisfactory known than the previous one. When the mind seeks truth, it is seeking its own self-projection, not truth. After all, an ideal is self-projected; it is fictitious, unreal. What is real is what is, not the opposite. But a mind that is seeking reality, seeking God, is seeking the known. When you think of God, your God is the projection of your own thought, the result of social influences. You can think only of the known; you cannot think of the unknown, you cannot concentrate on truth.

The moment you think of the unknown, it is merely the self-projected known. God or truth cannot be thought about. If you think about it, it is not truth. Truth cannot be sought: it comes to you. You can go only after what is known. When the mind is not tortured by the known, by the effects of the known, then only can truth reveal itself. Truth is in every leaf, in every tear; it is to be known from moment to moment. No one can lead you to truth; and if anyone leads you, it can only be to the known.

Truth can only come to the mind that is empty of the known. It comes in a state in which the known is absent, not functioning. The mind is the warehouse of the known, the residue of the known; for the mind to be in that state in which the unknown comes into being, it must be aware of itself, of its previous experiences, the conscious as well as the unconscious, of its responses, reactions, and structure. When there is complete self-knowledge, then there is the ending of the known, then the mind is completely empty of the known. It is only then that truth can come to you uninvited.

Truth does not belong to you or to me. You cannot worship it. The moment it is known, it is unreal. The symbol is not real, the image is not real; but when there is the understanding of self, the cessation of self, then eternity comes into being.

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7 Responses Apr 26, 2010

I like your ideas and I enjoyed reading your rhetoric. Just a remark though: The title can be misleading; as you probably know, Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's book isn't really the monster, but the creator. Nonetheless, some of your ideas were planted in my mind. thx

I believe that there is no Truth. We all have our own truths ba<x>sed on our life experiences and what we've been brainwashed into. I think , though, that some must find the pre-existing belief of truth from others as the first step of finding their own truth.

As I have always known,a brilliant mind and a wonderful character.

Thank u madhatter,<br />
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i got through your story complexity, perplexed read it again and again,analysing broke into simpler chunks, and put myself projection together:<br />
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the first and only truth is the one which is to be discovered within the true you by you yourself.<br />
i am Gods creation<br />
i dont fear, i love


Wow, that is so very true and thought-provoking. I very much enjoyed this. Will be saving it when I get back to my laptop.

Very epistemologically profound and well written; bravo!