Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Harmful is all false speech, lying, pretending, deceiving, & misleading!

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting for oneself?
Here, householder friends, a Noble Disciple reflects thus: If someone were to
damage my welfare with false speech, lying, pretending, deceiving, & misleading,
that would neither be pleasing nor agreeable to me. Similarly, if I were speak
false to, lie to, pretend, deceive, and mislead another being, that would damage
that being's welfare & would neither be pleasing nor agreeable nor acceptable
to that other being either....
What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is also displeasing and disagreeable
to any other being too. How can I harm & hurt another being with what provoke
annoy and exasperate myself? Having reflected repeatedly thus, then gradually:
1: He/she will carefully avoid all false speech, deception, and deceitfulness...
2: He/she will persuade others also to abstain from all false speech and lying...
3: He/she will praise speaking only honest, trustworthy, plain, straight Truth...
In this very way is this advantageous verbal behaviour purified in 3 respects!!
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:354-5]
section 55: Sotāpattisamyutta. Thread 7: To the people at the Bamboo gate...
One should never harm other beings by Deceiving them with False Speech!
Avoid all False Speech!!!
Have a nice & noble day!
Friendship is the Greatest! Bhikkhu Samāhita _/\_ ]

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