“This book is like a taste of clear water that comes from the Source, from a master who has passed behind the veil of appearances, the dance of maya, to reach the deepest understanding of our divine nature. Here are teachings that can guide us on our journey to this Source, stepping stones to help us to reach this further shore.”
Originally published as articles in the Sahaj Marg magazine, each chapter focuses on a different esoteric teaching, for example the true nature of action—karma, or Brahman and how the Real is reflected in the three worlds. Each of these chapters provides material for deep meditation and understanding of the nature of existence and the human search for Self Realisation. They convey the depth and wisdom of this master, and give the reader valuable guidance on the journey from Bondage to Liberation.
Almost a century has passed since Lalaji transcribed these teachings. We now live in a visibly very different world, amidst whose constant clamor and materialistic values it is so easily to become lost, disillusioned. This book is like a taste of clear water that comes from the Source, from a master who has passed behind the veil of appearances, the dance of maya, to reach the deepest understanding of our divine nature. Here are teachings that can guide us on our journey to this Source, stepping stones to help us to reach this further shore. Although some of the terminology may be unfamiliar to one who is not a student of Sanskrit, the excellent glossary explains most of these terms, and it is worthwhile to study these chapters and understand the profound and universal teachings they embody.
In the chapter on the ‘Subject of Liberation’ Lalaji gives simple instructions, that what has bound us in this world can also free us; through remembrance, meditation and contemplation the inner veil will be removed. “When they are practiced at heart internally, keeping the goal constantly in view, it will result in freedom from external and surface bondage.” And so we can come to knowledge of our true nature, “which we already have from the very beginning.”
Llewellyn is the founder of The Golden Sufi Centre. Author of several books, he has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach with modern psychology. Since 2000 his focus has been on spiritual responsibility in our present era and awakening the global consciousness of oneness. He has written about the feminine, the world soul and spiritual ecology. He has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday , and featured on the Global Spirit series on PBS.
Formerly: Chief of Liaison Psychiatry Service, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois ,Privat Docent, Medical Faculty
Chargé de Cours, Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Psychopédagogiques de l’Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
“Truth Eternal is an essential book for all seekers in spirituality, either novice or advanced. The author is so rigorous, precise and synthetic, while explaining the numerous philosophic terms he introduces, that the readers’ interest and motivation are enhanced, to start or continue their chosen path.”
Thirty years ago, when I first read Truth Eternal, I was fascinated by the rigor and sobriety of the author’s statements that built up his genuine and original spiritual philosophy. But I didn’t grasp much of the deep meaning of it. What touched me most were some comments by his successor, Babuji, especially about the complete acceptance with which Lalaji welcomed severe adverse situations during his lifetime without anger and despair. Such surrender gave me hope for myself and others that spirituality could shape a character to face the inevitable sufferings and miseries of human life, which was beyond the scope of psychiatry and psychotherapy.
One of Lalaji’s statements touched my heart deeply: “God has hidden himself inside your hearts and exposed you. Hide yourselves and expose God! This is the real sadhana.” Another statement of Lalaji shocked me: “The search for God and the soul is natural, and this is imbecility. This fantasy can be cured by another fantasy, and that is the Guru.”
My subsequent readings of the book convinced me that it is a perfect tool for the understanding of essential philosophical and spiritual concepts, such as knowledge, happiness, bliss, the soul, merger, negation, nothingness, liberation, Reality, “resting movement” and states of consciousness. Lalaji not only explains these concepts but shows how they are hierarchically ordered, how they interact with each other and how they form as patterns from the individual to the supra-cosmic levels. Moreover and most importantly, he gives us the means to progress towards the states of human and supra-human development in a masterly manner.
As a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, reading this book and practising the Heartfulness way contributed to changes in the way I taught medical students about the psychosomatic approach towards patients and diseases. More generally, it modified my understanding of my fellow human beings and the countless problems we encounter during our lives. Using my heart as well as my head, my professional approach became progressively bio-psycho-spiritual rather than just psychosomatic. As a consequence, I could easily extend the above approach to postgraduate colleagues, psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, parents, etc.
One should read this book, if possible meditate on almost every sentence, and read it again and again to benefit from its wisdom and the stimulation it creates to deepen one’s own spiritual practice.
Ferdinand Wulliemier studied medicine, and did his postgraduate training in Switzerland, USA, Holland and France. He trained in psychoanalysis according to the classical Freudian tradition, working as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Looking for a synthetic approach of the human beings, he completed his training with neo-behaviourist techniques, different humanistic approaches (Gestalt, bioenergy, eutonia) and family therapy.
In 1973 he became head of the Liaison Psychiatry Unit of the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), teaching medical and psychology students, general practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists about psychosomatic medicine and a holistic, transpersonal approach to their various therapeutic practices. His teaching, research activity and over 60 scientific publications have been secondary to his private practice of over forty years.
He started Zen meditation in 1985, followed by the Heartfulness Way in 1987. He is the author of several books, including The Role of Psychology in Spirituality.
More details can be obtained via his website: www.psychologie-therapies-spiritualite.ch
Yogic researcher, writer and editor
Truth Eternal is one of the most important works of pure philosophy of our current era. For any scientist, philosopher or spiritual seeker wanting to understand the creation of the universe, the relationship between matter, energy and absolute space, and the evolution of human consciousness, this book is a must read that will take its rightful place as one of the great philosophical texts of all time.
It is thirty years since I first read Truth Eternal by Lalaji. At the time it opened my eyes to a very different approach to science and philosophy, and challenged every aspect of my worldview. Lalaji describes the realm of God, creation, states of existence and the human make up in ways that are far more enlightening than traditional science and philosophy. There were many things I did not understand back then, and understanding is still unfolding today.
I would say that Truth Eternal is one of the most important philosophical works of the 20th century. In this rare text we witness Lalaji’s level of consciousness and wisdom, but also his capacity to describe universal principles from a higher vision – from the superconscious realm beyond consciousness, the level of higher ignorance described in the medieval treatise, The Cloud of Unknowing.
Not only does Lalaji distil Vedic philosophy with beautiful simplicity, he also takes this philosophy to a new level, challenging and expanding our understanding of the soul and our place in the universe. For any scientist, philosopher or spiritual seeker wanting to understand the creation of the universe, the relationship between matter, energy and absolute space, and the evolution of consciousness, this book is a must read that will some day take its rightful place as one of the great philosophical texts of all time, along with the works of Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and the Vedas themselves.
Elizabeth is the founding editor of Heartfulness Magazine. With a doctorate in ecology, these days she is active in researching and publishing the teachings of the yogic masters of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Deputy Director & Professor of Sanskrit, The Kuppuswamy Sastri Research Institute , Chennai, India
Truth Eternal contains revolutionary concepts on many important issues like the Vedas, Shruti, OM, Brahman, the individual soul, the manifestation of God, various levels of consciousness, and so on. This serves as an eternal companion for spiritual seekers and is a must for any one interested in leading a spiritual life.
Truth Eternal by Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, Lalaji, is a most welcome publication for true seekers of Reality.
Lalaji’s views on the Vedas, Shruti and OM are refreshingly clear in exposing the truth behind the eternal teachings of the scriptures. His classification of saints is an eye-opener to seekers. He also deals elaborately with different levels of consciousness, the three types of body – gross, subtle and causal – and goes beyond to describe the fourth and the fifth. His explanations of Hiranyagarbha, Antaryami and Virat are unique. Similarly his definition and descriptions of the Atman, Jiva and Brahman are revolutionary. He also describes superconscious states, including Brahmanda Mandal (the Cosmic Region), Para-Brahmanda Mandal (the Supra-Cosmic Region), and the Base or Reality, which is beyond everything. These descriptions are based on his original research in the realm of spirituality. We also find a wonderful definition of an atheist in this book: Lalaji makes the bold statement, “An atheist is not a person who does not believe in God. Those who harm the physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual existence are atheists.”
Truth Eternal serves as an excellent guide for those who want to satisfy their intellectual quest and simultaneously acts as a companion for the soul.