ॐ Śakti sincerely asked the question to Lord Śiva: "Is there something to be gained from truth? My dear Śakti, Śiva replied, I am telling you truthfully that knowledge of self or Ātma-jñāna could never really be gained because what is the true nature of Self or pristine Consciousness, could never be gathered or amassed. Self is not defined by quantity but rather by quality because it is of the spiritual nature.
The path of Dharma is not man-made, it is not accumulated knowledge or a belief-system, but rather the spiritual path is built upon attempting to understand and to be in harmony with nature's unsurpassed forces.
Some people think that "truth" is something conceptual or intellectual. Many so-called philosophers throughout history have wrongly thought truth or spiritual knowledge to be located in the head.
Debating ideas about dharma philosophy is most often beside the point. Do you want to live in truth or do you wish to observe truth as if it was separate from your self and the consequences of your actions in your life?
Indeed there is very little that "we know" that is actually useful or that is even true or real. However, by the grace of Lord Śiva our worthy ācāryas have revealed the truth in the form of mystical revelation through sound and form for the liberation of the entire world. When we deeply study our spiritual tradition and literature we find there are essential aspects of Reality that can be known without question. I fully agree there are few things that we can know for sure, we could probably list them here in three lines. This is why as the sage becomes wise, the more he knows, the less he knows.
Nevertheless, in the age of yoga gym and self-appointed individuals who claim a powerful tradition and know less than nothing about it; those who actually have sincerely studied the essential philosophical dharmic principles and who are able to say anything at all that makes sense, are quite few and far between, and therefore worthy and valuable in the present chaos of Kali Yuga.
Lord Śiva said to Śakti lovingly: "What we can gain simply are the virtues inherent in our being; they are therefore not truly gained but rather uncovered, because they are always there. When meaningful principles derived from spiritual provisions such as the practice in speech, thought and action of: self-control, forbearance, patience, truthfulness, freedom from cruelty, simplicity, cleanliness, authenticity, pridelessness, nonviolence, understanding, contemplation on ideas received from the teacher (concerning the nature of the world, enjoyment and liberation) and respect for all forms of life. If we wish to achieve good and auspicious results we cannot expect them to derive from ignorant and tamasic behavior. This is why the authentic aspirant needs to avoid: enmity, envy, falsehood, harshness, narrowness, jealousy, egotism, breaking of promise, deceptiveness, untruth of all kinds, useless effort, violence, false assumption, misuse of any special knowledge against anyone, unless that which he wishes to gain is trouble itself. Therefore, my dear, now you understand why the truth revealed by grace is like the sweet nectar from the honeycombs. -Namaha Śiva, D.Campo. ॐ नमः शिवाय
”The transcendent state of consciousness or Supreme state (paramapada परमपद) is inaccessible to any means as it lies beyond the reach of contemplation, bhavana. How can there be any possibility of contemplation on which is limitless and unknowable? Due to its inaccessibility to any device such as reasoning or other, the Lord has left it unnamed. Owing to its nature of pure consciousness as also perfection and ultimacy, this state is known as maha-pracaya, the largest collectivity. Owing to its perfectness, there is no scope for any kind of distinction in it. It is for the sake of the elimination of any such possibility that it has been left unspecified. Characterization of it as constantly manifest, is indicative of its omnipresence, as what is one can never by no means be differentiated from itself. To utter that in the state transcendent to the fourth state of consciousness, there is one specification that it is constantly manifest, is a statement of sheer foolishness. As such, there is no possibility of distinction in this state.” –Śrītantrālokaḥ
”They who have read the Vedas, Agamas and Puranas, and yet know not of the highest truth of the Divine-the true object of life-are a fraud, cawing like a crow. With their backs turned on Reality to be known, they ponder over books ceaselessly, anxiously saying ‘this is to be known’, ‘this is knowledge’ and so on. Embellished with such knowledge of style, syntax, poetry and rhetorical ornaments of the sense and sound, these fools stand befuddled and apprehensive.” – Kularanavatantra.
“As the difference between Śiva and the consciousness of the aspirant decreases, even so grows the closeness between Him and the consciousness of the individual. This is why Śiva is said to be essentially engaged everywhere and available to His aspirant anywhere. Herein lies the truth of the statement that there is no necessity of any effort to get entry into the consciousness of Śiva (other than that of the elimination of the distance) since with the increase in the distance, would grow the necessity of effort. This is why those Śaivites who have delved deep into the mystery of the School maintain the futility of any thought process, emotion or ideation…in realizing Śiva. Closeness to consciousness is termed internal in which case consciousness gets revealed while externally lies in getting away from it.” –Śrītantrālokaḥ (ch.10, 215)