The power of truth can be known from the fact that nobody, not even the greatest liar in the world, has the courage to say that he is telling a lie or that truth is not good. A man who tells a lie is like a thief who has stolen something. And the thing which a liar steels is, above everything else, the truth.
And when the truth is known, he is terribly upset and highly afraid. An ordinary thief may be afraid of fine, imprisonment or other punishment. But if the liar happens to be a well-known popular figure, he may be afraid of losing his popularity or reputation. In this respect, truth also becomes an acid test for our inner strength or bravery.
Many men may not be afraid of losing their life with a bullet but there must be few who have the courage to face the bullet of truth. A truly brave person sticks to the truth in all the circumstances. But many succumb to pressure or fear of torture or death. Joan of Arc, a young girl of eighteen, refused to bow before the church and the government and embraced death by being burnt but she stuck to what she believed to be the truth.
How many men and women like them are there in this world? The concept of truth sometimes becomes controversial in the whorl of philosophical quibbling. Admittedly, there is difference between truth and fact. Truth is often hidden behind the facts.
The courts often punish a criminal on the basis of facts, without bothering to unearth the truth behind the facts, the truth of the circumstances and discriminatory social and economic order which compelled the person to commit a crime.
But the courts have to administer the laws and the laws’ have loopholes and are sometimes biased. The result is that sometimes an innocent person is punished but a real culprit goes scot-free.
We should resort to truthful speaking and truthful living in our lives, as Guru Nanak Dev had preached to mankind.