As you read and learn about who you are, why you are here on earth and what is this reality you live in you sometimes come across a phrase or paragraph that is self explanatory and comprehensive. For today’s post, I quote verbatim from one such paragraph from the Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

“A wave can be recognized by signs – high or low, beginning or ending, beautiful or ugly. But in the world of water there are no signs. In the world of the wave, she feels happy when she swells, and she feels sad when she falls. She may think, “I am high” or “I am low” and develop a superiority or inferiority complex. But when the wave touches her true nature – which is water – all her complexes will cease, and she will transcend birth and death. 

We become arrogant when things go well, and we are afraid of falling, or being low or inadequate. But these are relative ideas, and when they end, a feeling of completeness and satisfaction arises. Liberation is the ability to go from the world of signs to the world of true nature. We need the relative world of the wave, but we also need to touch the water, the ground of our being to have real peace and joy. We shouldn’t allow relative peace to imprison us and keep us from touching absolute truth. Looking deep into the relative truth we penetrate the absolute.  Relative and absolute truths inter-embrace. Both truths, relative and absolute, have a value.”

To the uninitiated, like me, there was only one truth, what I see and touch and feel around me. To someone on a quest to understand life, you must transcend and also find absolute truth.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.