When we say “Truth,” what does this word really mean? Sometimes it is understood as the ability of a person to speak truthfully. But is this the very truth about which is written in the Vedas? As a rule, people perceive the truth as something that they encounter in everyday life. For example, a schoolgirl can say about herself: “I am a girl; my name is like that; I am studying in such a class. ”- And you will consider what is said as truth. But once this schoolgirl was a small child, then she became a girl, then she would become a girl, a woman and finally a grandmother. This truth, which changes over time and depending on the situation, and it is not at all the truth. That Truth about which the Vedas speak is not subject to change, it is constant. As this body changes, it cannot be the Truth. Is the man his mind, his emotions, his mind? After all, when something good happens, the mind rejoices, the person experiences pleasant emotions; but if something goes wrong, the mind sinks into sadness, and the person experiences negative emotions. The mind is constantly changing – depending on time, place and circumstances. Therefore, the mind, too, can not be called Truth. What, then, is the immutable Truth we seek? The Truth that we are talking about here, the Truth that I call when I am addressing you, this Truth is not the outward appearance, but the inner Divine essence of all. Many ask Me: “How can you love everyone so much?” My answer is very simple: I don’t see the appearance of people; in each I see his or her innermost core; and this essence is the same for everyone, it is the One, the One. As soon as you realize your Divine Self, as soon as you understand the Truth, which is hidden behind the outer form, then all your attachment to material objects will disappear, all sorrows, all pain and suffering will disappear.
Today we celebrate the holy feast of Ramadan. What is the meaning and significance of fasting during the month before this holiday? All the efforts of the believer should be directed to get rid of their shortcomings, to gain complete control over their body, feelings, mind in order to purify and realize, to feel their divinity. Throughout the year, people engage in a wide variety of activities, while their mind becomes polluted; and now it is necessary to clean it clean. The holy day of Ramadan gives a person the opportunity to wash off all the dirt from himself and achieve the state of purity with which he came to this world.
One who wants to realize and deeply comprehend the Truth can only do this through his own spiritual experience. To realize the Truth, you need to get rid of all manifestations of selfishness and self-interest. All holidays in all religions are designed to purify a person in order to help him realize his Divine essence, or Truth. The point of cleansing and fasting for a month is for people to understand: if you can do it for thirty days, then you can do it all 365 days a year. And if you can do it slowly 365 days in a row, then you can do it throughout your life. All these holidays should help you get rid of low, animal qualities, from selfishness and self-interest; they should help you gain a wide view of the world and realize the Truth of your inner Divinity.