satya or satyam (Sanskrit: “unchangeable; that which has no distortion; that which is beyond distinctions of time, space, and person; that which pervades the universe in all its constancy”) from the root sat (Truth) — is truthfulness in accordance with one’s words, thoughts and deeds. Satya is also defined in Sanskrit as “sate hitam satyam” which translates to “The path to Ultimate Truth or sat is satya (i.e. the real truth)”.
Speaking truth is the most important qualification of a Yogin. Truth is the queen of virtues. Truth is the supreme virtue.
Truth constitutes the essence of the Vedas. Control over passions constitutes the essence of truth. Self-denial or refraining from worldly enjoyments forms the essence of self-control. These attributes are always present in a virtuous man.
Truth is righteousness. Righteousness is light, and light is bliss. Ahimsa, Brahmacharya, purity, justice, harmony, forgiveness, peace are forms of truth.
Impartiality, self-control, modesty, endurance, goodness, renunciation, meditation, dignity, fortitude, compassion, and abstention from injury are the various forms of truth.
All the above virtues, though seemingly different, have but one and the same form, namely, truth. All these hold up truth and strengthen it.
When the path of truth is trodden, everything else also is done. When the root is watered, all the branches are automatically watered.
Truth is the seat of God. Truth is God. Truth alone triumphs.
Truth is the basic law of life. Truth is the means and the goal ultimate.
Truth is the law of freedom, falsehood the law of slavery and death.
Truth is justice, fair play, adherence to the fundamental laws of ethics. Purity and truth are the twin factors that unfold and awaken the divinity that lies dormant within you and lead you to perfection.
Truthfulness is the first pillar in the Temple of God-realization. Truth is the gateway to the Kingdom of God.
Truth is like a ladder. It leads you to the Kingdom of Immortal Bliss.
The Practice of Truth
Scriptures emphatically declare: “Speak the truth. Truth alone triumphs, falsehood never”. God is Truth and Truth must be realized by speaking truth. A truthful man is absolutely free from worries and anxieties. He has a calm mind. If one observes speaking truth for twelve years, one will get ‘Perfection of Speech’. Then, whatever one speaks will come to pass. There will be power in the speech of such a person.
Your thoughts should agree with your words, and the words should agree with your actions. In the world, people think of one thing, say another thing, and do another thing. This is horrible. This is nothing but crookedness. You must carefully watch your thoughts, words, and actions. The little gain that you get by telling lies is no gain at all. You pollute your conscience and infect your subconscious mind. The habit of telling lies is carried to your next birth also and you undergo suffering from birth to birth.
Meditate on truth. Derive inspiration from the lives of those who have sacrificed their all for the sake of truth. Write in bold types the words “SPEAK TRUTH” on cardboards and hang them in different places in your house. This will caution you when you are about to speak a lie. You will then check yourself at once. A time will come when you will be established in the habit of speaking truth. Punish yourself by fasting if you tell a lie and record the lies in a diary. Gradually the number of lies will decrease and you will become a truthful man.
Stick to the path of truth at all costs. Truth has a luster of its own. It shines for itself and sheds its light on others. When you stick to truth as your only religion, when you strictly adhere to truth alone at all times, at all places, and on all occasions, you cannot afford to harm anyone. Perfect peace and real happiness will be yours.
Have ceaseless devotion to truth. Be ready to sacrifice your all for it. You will develop a strong will. You will become fearless. You will draw immense strength and courage from the Atman or the Supreme Self within. You will attain Self-realization.