Every star of heaven, every pure thought, every good act shall be a window through which to behold Thee. I will speak the truth, but will at all times avoid speaking unpleasant or harmful truths. I will offer no criticism that is not motivated by kindness.
Truth Is The Foundation Stone Of The Universe
"The worlds are built on truth," says the Mahabharata. Men and civilizations stand or fall according to their attitude toward truth. An honest person is spontaneously admired by all right-thinking men. The Hindu scriptures, however, point out that a devotee whose ideal is truth should always exercise judgment and common sense before speaking. It is not enough merely to tell the truth; one’s words should be sweet, healing, and beneficial to others. Hurtful statements, however accurate, are usually better left unsaid. Many a heart has been broken and many a life wrecked by truths spoken by others inopportunely. A sage carefully watches his speech, lest he wound those who are not yet ready to hear and profit by his veracious observations,
By honoring the principle of truth in his thoughts, speech, and actions, a devotee puts himself in tune with creation and with the Creator. To a greater or lesser extent, all persons who meet such a saint are uplifted by his harmonious vibrations. The true man of God is freed from the painful dualities and contradictions of relativity and is fit, at last, to enter the final refuge of Absolute Truth.
-Paramahansa Yogananda, God Talks With Arjuna, 961; Affirmation, Metaphysical Meditations, 96.
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