The Truth About Satya (Truthfulness)

We wrap up thoughts on Satya, the second in the 5 guidelines of the Yama, in today’s post.

Consider this:
“What are you not seeing because you are seeing what you are seeing?”


In order to be a bold seeker (and practitioner) of truth, you must be able to keep an open mind and allow yourself to be exposed to different worldviews—the opinions of others, scientific studies (maybe bacon really isn’t good for you) and different processes (you used to turn right, now you turn left).

What was true for you as a teenager is no longer true for you as an adult. To keep up with Satya, your truth, you must also be able (and willing) to understand that truths can change.

The Truth is Always Changing
The truth is fluid in that it changes and in that it can be presented in different ways according to its relationship with Ahimsa (the first guideline of non-violence). The truth you might speak, with love, to a drug addict in your family would sound a bit different from the truth you would speak in offering a review of your child’s homework.

Truth’s fluidity helps us speak our truth in accordance with non-violence so we don’t run roughshod over others with our truth. We use our compassion to keep truth from being a personal weapon.

Who should you be most truthful with?

It will save you a lot of trouble in the long-run.

Have you ever over-booked? Said yes to too many things in one day because you didn’t allow time for the unexpected to come up or even to eat lunch? You probably had to cancel on one of those commitments, let self-care slide, or let eating healthy be ignored in order to accomplish all the commitments. If you had been honest with yourself about the same 24 hours in the day that we all have, you could have avoided canceling and probably apologizing.

Which brings to our next how—by not avoiding things you dislike doing—your taxes, estate planning, retirement planning etc. etc. This is a form of non-truthfulness and will typically result in the task being done hurriedly (aka not well) or it might result in the task being an even bigger challenge because you waited.

The truth is not simply the opposite of a lie. It’s not just answering a question with a true statement.

The truth is your honesty and trustworthiness within. The truthful relationship you have with yourself will translate through to the relationships you have with others and your belief system.