‘Satyameva Jayate’ – These famous Sanskrit words meaning ‘Truth alone triumphs’ is the National motto of India, these words were adopted from Mundaka Upanishad on 26th January 1950.
The famous quote “Satyameva Jayate” seen below the national emblem of India, is actually a part of sloka 3.1.6 of Mundaka Upanishad given below, one of the 18 principal Upanishads of Indian Philosophy.
satyameva jayate nānṛtaṃ
satyena panthāh vitato devayānaḥ
yenākramantya ṛṣayo hyāptakāmāh
yatra tat satyasya paramaṃ nidhānam
The meaning of this sloka is Truth alone triumphs, not untruth. It is through the truth that the path to the Divine is laid. Sages follow this path, which fulfils all their desires and reach that, which is the ultimate source of Truth.
‘Satyameva Jayate’ is also inscribed on one side of all Indian currency. These words have also been translated into other languages. In Latin it is ‘Veritas vincit’ and the Tamil people call it ‘Vaimaye vellum’.
Satyameva jayate has also been used by various freedom fighters political leaders and even TV shows to create an impact of integrity, honesty and truth.
What is truth? It is not in the words that we speak, it is in the way we hold the life, within us. It is the way we are.
[Reference : https://youtu.be/hZ5Vn4Rm0oY]
Divine Discourse : Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara
‘Speak the Truth and Practice Righteousness, Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara,’ says the scriptures. They also declare Sathyam Naasthi Paro Dharmaha – there is no dharma or law greater than Truth. Note that the Vedic injunction is “Dharmam Chara” – Practice Right Conduct. It is not enough if you learn about it, you must practice it, fill every moment with thoughts, words and deeds that reflect your awareness of this Dharma. Such a life is the hallmark of one who possesses true good character. And it is this character which the scriptures refer to as one’s best ornament.
Divine Discourse, Apr 15, 1964.
“Character is built up by constant practice of good actions. A good character is the greatest wealth you can acquire.” – Baba