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Welcome to my blog, Finding the Truth.  The ideas are often centered on, but not limited to, Hindu philosophy.

Writing is not a ‘hobby’ for me, because I, frankly, don’t write for pleasure.  Writing is one of the most gratifying things I have ever done, but the prospect of pleasure does not motivate me to write.  Rather, I feel a compulsion to write, to record, when certain thoughts come to me.  I am not a productive writer or thinker; I just tend to record more of what I think.  Writing that is inspired rather than forced has its own kind of value.

The format of this blog is designed for those individual thoughts; many posts on this blog feature short journal entries, and dates of when such subposts are originally written have been included.  Ideas come one at a time, so why not present them that way?  Besides, I don’t think I am capable of compiling a driven, coherent compilation of all of these thoughts in a piece such as a book, so the format of this blog allows them to retain their semblance of independence.

But even if ideas seem independently valid, this could be because they are relatively true, not absolutely true.  For one to attain complete knowledge, one must understand all ideas independently, from relative perspectives, and then understand their relationship and foundation, from an absolute perspective.  To demonstrate this, take the following proverbial analogy: three blind men feel an elephant in order to imagine its appearance.  One man feels the elephant’s leg and concludes that an elephant looks like a pillar.  Another man feels the elephant’s ear and concludes that an elephant looks like a hand fan.  Another man feels the elephant’s trunk and concludes that an elephant looks like a tree branch.  All three men understood what their senses gave them correctly, but that does not mean that their understanding is complete.

(This analogy is useful in many other respects: it shows how our senses and material inquiry don’t necessarily convey the full truth, which warrants religion, and it also defines the perceived Hindu “polytheism” to be only multifaceted monotheism.)

Some of the topics on this blog are rather material, but some are rather abstract.  For the more abstract, you might wonder how the theorization arises.  These abstract concepts have developed to varying degrees under several teachers, but my main guidance has been exploration of the Bhagavad Gita, the most important Holy text of Hinduism.  I have an affinity for theoretical analysis, but you won’t find as much of that in this blog.

Enjoy!  Comments and questions are welcome.

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