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Be Cautious With Words!

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Speech is the most important thing in socializing with other people and in dealing with things. It is not only the most crucial part of worldly wisdom, but also the central and holistic expression of what we are. The author offers reader some aphorisms urging caution in speech, gleaned from various sutras: Keep your distance from rude words and avoid harming yourself and others, cultivate good words and benefit yourself and others. In this way both yourself and others will achieve beneficial consequences. It is better to fall into Hell after discussing the true Dharma, than to be born into paradise after preaching sycophantic lies. Lying to oneself, lying to others, using lies as expedients, all these are parajika offences for bodhisattvas. Preposterous and dishonest speech deceives first the speaker and then the others, unless you stop speaking preposterously and dishonestly, you will destroy yourself and the others.

Keywords: aphorisms; caution; dishonest speech; good words; sutras; sycophantic lies; true Dharma

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