Originally Posted by outback
My personal answer to your question is "cohesiveness". Whoever is telling me they have figured out the "ultimate truth/reality", I listen to how they explain the entire system, how everything jives together from the smallest of scales to the largest. If it is all cohesive, and if I am not asked to harm any other creature in following this system, I take it as true.
But you have to admit, all we are going on is our perspective, and our ability to comprehend what they are saying, right?
Maybe they are a prophet, and I understood them as they intended. Or maybe I completely misunderstood the prophet, but still arrived at something that I felt was deeply true? Or maybe the person is not a prophet at all, but due to my misunderstanding, I still arrived at a truth that a real prophet might have said? I have no way of differentiating these cases, do I?
Ultimately, your conscience is the judge and you are responsible only for yourself. If you think you figured out the ultimate truth, then that's all that matters.
I agree with you on that, and in a way that's my whole point... I just don't see how we can claim something is "universal" when all we have to go by is our own experience.