Sathyanvesi, which means seeker of Truth, came to Sathyaprema and lived with her for twelve years as her spiritual student. She served her teacher with love and dedication. She studied all the spiritual sciences.
At the end of her stay, Sathyaprema asked Sathyanvesi, my daughter, before you depart, if you have any questions, you may ask me.
Sathyanvesi asked her teacher, mother, I have studied so many subjects, but I have not yet understood the essence of all this knowledge. Can you tell me in few words what truth is? Sathya Prema was very pleased with the question of Sathyanvesi.
She replied: my daughter there are five aspects to the Truth:
The First aspect is Sat: Sat is that which exists by itself. Its existence does not depend on anything else. There is only one Sat or only one God. It is Sat or Truth before the manifestation of creation. If you negate everything that is finite what remains is Sat or Truth. So in the first level Truth is Sat or God.
The Second aspect is Sathyam: It is Sat or God united with the creation. Sat is infinite and ti is finite. Ti cannot exist by itself. Its existence completely depends on Sat. Yam is the union of these two. Hence Sathyam is the union of God and creation. It is Truth after God or Sat manifesting the creation.
The Third aspect is Sathya Vidhya: it is the knowledge about Sat and creation. It is the construction of the intellectual systems regarding the nature of God, nature of creation and the relationship between God and creation. This is also present in all the sacred scriptures. This is what you have learned in these twelve years.
The Fourth aspect is Sathya Jnana: It is the direct experience of Sat in which a person realizes oneness with Sat. In this experience all the desires of the human heart are fulfilled. One finds the essence of one's learning and experience. The intellectual knowledge becomes experiential knowledge. Knowledge becomes wisdom.
The Fifth aspect is Sathya Prema: It is Sathya Jnana, wisdom, manifesting in loving relationships. It is the loving (Prema) relationship between the finite beings rooted in the unity of God and creation.
My daughter, you need to grow from Sathya Vidhya to Sathya Jnana, from Sathya Jnana to Sathyaprema. Sathya Vidhya finds its fulfilment in Sathya Jnana. Sathya Jnana
 Ekam sat vipra bahuthi vadanti, Rg Veda.
 Chandogya Upanishad
 Apara Vidhya, Mundaka Upanishad
 Para Vidhya, Mundaka Upanishad
 Christ's teaching and the teaching of Bhagavat Gita.
Br John Martin Sahajananda, Shantivanam, India Website
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