the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.
the state or quality of having existence or substance
the actual state of things, or the facts involved in such a state
you use reality to refer to real things or the real nature of things rather than imagined, invented, or theoretical ideas
the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be
From these definitions we may conclude that reality is a state ... without imagination, invention or theoretical ideas … and so it of something that is existing.
Here, from a layman’s point of view … Reality is a state rather than a quality.
the quality or state of being true
that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality
a fact or principle that is thought to be true by most people
the truth about something is all the facts about it, rather than things that are imagined or invented
a truth is something that is believed to be true
Here also there is no place for imagination or invention and it must be in accordance with fact or reality. But here, by definitions, though existence is not necessary, existence (in some form) also must be there since it is not an imagination or invention.
Here, since there is no object, a layman imposes qualities on Truth.
From these two conclusions we are forced to think that Reality and Truth are some state or quality of something that is existing.
In our daily life, for convenience, we ignore the characteristics of truth.
Characteristics of truth:
1.Truth must be universal.
2.Truth must be indestructible or incorruptible.
3.Truth must be constant.
4.Truth must be independent.
5.Truth must be the cause or the source, but not the effect.
Or, a layman would say that truth must have these above mentioned qualities … or, truth itself is something related to quality rather than a state. From a layman's point of view, reality can always be treated as a state, but truth cannot. The word truth is not necessarily related to the senses, but reality is related to the senses
Actually, these two terms have difference only in the usage. Even what magicians create are illusions (a kind of false reality). And so they are not realities or truths. What I am saying is, If somebody says that this universe we experience is a great magic, it must imply that this universe is neither reality nor truth. I am focusing on the uniqueness of these two terms when going to higher levels.
While using these two terms for communication, in the case of truth, I feel like the idea converging or becoming stable or subtler.
OFTEN, A LAYMAN CAN FIND MORE TRUTHS IN ‘ONE REALITY’; BUT VICE-VERSA MAY NOT ALWAYS BE POSSIBLE. THAT IS, IT WOULD BE VERY HARD TO FIND MORE REALITIES IN ‘ONE TRUTH’.
Since all the things that are perceived by our senses undergo changes, strictly speaking, even this universe now we are experiencing is not Reality or Truth. But since almost all of us know nothing (or, can’t imagine) about the thing that is beyond our senses, we consider the things that is perceived by our senses to determine reality and truth.
Those who have ‘experienced’ the truth realize that it is the only reality and existence. In other words, beyond nothingness; existence, reality and truth can be ‘experienced’ as one and non-dual.