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Satya Prastha - The Plateau of Truth

Satya-Prastha is a philosophical paradigm modeled to facilitate the visualizing and understanding of the noble tenet ‘One Religion for Humankind’ in the philosophy of Narayana Guru. As an often misunderstood or misrepresented tenet, this paradigm aims to present with clarity Narayana Guru's view that the objective and normative essence of all religions is one, although their paths could be unique to each one.

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Satya Prastha - The Plateau of Truth

  1. 1. Authored by Sujit Sivanand For NPHIL Canada August 2013 2013 © NPHIL Canada 'SATYA-PRASTHA' The Plateau of Truth
  2. 2. Introduction Satya-Prastha in Sanskrit means the 'Plateau of Truth'. The concept of the plateau named Satya-Prastha was modeled to facilitate the visualizing and understanding of the noble tenet ‘One Religion for Humankind’ in the philosophy of Narayana Guru. Narayana Guru recognized that all world religions and 'dharmas' are different paths, but essentially seeking to reach the same ultimate goal, which is reaching a higher state of Wisdom, or realizing the Truth (i.e. the Supreme Consciousness, or God, as may be referred to). The notes and illustration in the slides that follow are intended to facilitate the visualization of oneness of religion, applying the paradigm of Satya- Prastha.
  3. 3. ` A mountainous plateau with steep rocky sides - with one prominent tree on the plateau. Sun in the sky, illuminating the upper areas. There are multiple rock-cut stairways, leading upward to the plateau. No stairway crosses the other ones. Figuratively, the stairways represent different religions or paths ('margas') leading to the plateau dominated by the tree of Truth (‘Satya') or the Supreme Consciousness, in an area also illuminated by the sun. The darker lower areas represent 'avidya' (delution). The illuminated high plateau area represents 'vidya' (knowledge and realization). Each stairway could represent an independent religion, philosophy, doctrine, dharma or even righteous atheism. Also note that there are some dark caves on the paths. Visualization
  4. 4. No matter which stairway one takes to move up, all reach the same level ground, where there is oneness with all of creation. The tree of Truth atop the plateau bears the fruits of Wisdom. Also the view of 'divakar' the sun and its illumination at the top represents the end of darkness. Narayana Guru would have taken to one stairway - of Hindu cultural belief systems. Having reached atop the plateau the other 'paths' are respected as equally capable of bringing seekers up - to the same higher level of Truth and Wisdom. Essentially the one and only Truth. On the contrary - if some feel that their religion or path alone leads to the top and the rest do not, or that the other paths lead elsewhere, such believers could have not reached atop the plateau. This paradigm considerately assumes that they are somewhere in the learning steps on their stairway, or have entered the 'caves of darkness'. Tolerance is required to address such views. The wise ones should bear with them. The Philosophical Paradigm
  5. 5. 2013 © NPHIL Canada B&W Series 001 Acknowledgements NPHIL expresses its gratitude to Swami Guru Muni Narayana Prasad and the Narayana Gurukula Foundation, Varkala, India, for the review and guidance in the creation of this paradigm. The illustration for visualization was conceptually designed by the author and the published artwork was created by artist K. B. Jinan.
  6. 6. 2013 © NPHIL Canada B&W Series 001 Acknowledgements NPHIL expresses its gratitude to Swami Guru Muni Narayana Prasad and the Narayana Gurukula Foundation, Varkala, India, for the review and guidance in the creation of this paradigm. The illustration for visualization was conceptually designed by the author and the published artwork was created by artist K. B. Jinan.

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    Aug. 19, 2013

Satya-Prastha is a philosophical paradigm modeled to facilitate the visualizing and understanding of the noble tenet ‘One Religion for Humankind’ in the philosophy of Narayana Guru. As an often misunderstood or misrepresented tenet, this paradigm aims to present with clarity Narayana Guru's view that the objective and normative essence of all religions is one, although their paths could be unique to each one.

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