एहि पश्य – See for yourself

एहि पश्य – See for yourself


Varanasi-Sarnath

एहि पश्य (ehi pasya) – come and see for yourself.

Or the related phrase ehi passiko in Pali, which means something like come-and-see-ability. In other words, spiritual laws can be experienced and understood. They are more like the Laws of Physics than

The Buddha gave many insightful teachings into the nature of reality, and how to live in step with the eternal laws of the universe and our own psyche (धर्म). But this statement – come and see for yourself – is no less important than any other.

Direct knowledge is what counts

The greatest spiritual teachers, from the Vedic Rishis to more recent ones like Guru Nanak, Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi and others have emphasized the fact that everything they teach can and should be verified by the students in their own lives, through their own experience. It is not just a matter of belief. For belief or faith are but useful stepping stones on the way to actual experience. It helps us to stay the course, and persevere through setbacks. Faith (श्रद्धा) coupled with focused, persevering effort (निष्ठा) is the key to success, but it is not the goal in itself.

What is real, is not dependent on faith or dogma

We all have a very direct understanding of the force of gravity even if we have never heard of the Laws of Gravity, of Newton or Einstein. Because we experience it every moment of our lives, use it, guard against its dangers etc. It works, whether we believe in it or not.

Such a direct experience of even more fundamental laws is possible – that is what these men and women tell us. These are called सनातन धर्म (sanatana dharma) – eternal laws of the universe – in the Indian tradition. Sanatana Dharma does not mean the Hindu religion, or any religion at all. It is not denominational, or restricted to one group of people or geography.

एकम् सत् विप्राः बहुधा वदन्ति              There is one reality. The wise have described it in different ways.

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