Training Rules (Precepts), which brings Divinity?
The Blessed Buddha once said:
The habitual praxis of the observance day endowed with eight
features brings high
reward and blessing, & is of sublime dignity and greatness! And which are
features? In this, any
Noble Disciple considers within himself: Throughout their life
the Arahats avoid lying & refrain from any
falsehood. They speak only
the factual &
actual truth, they are very devoted to valid accuracy,
reliable, all honest, worthy of
trust & confidence, and never neither deceiving, nor pretending! May I also, this day
avoid all lying & refrain from any fake falsehood...
By that I will follow the
track & traits of these perfected Arahats!
I shall then have observed the Uposatha
observance day perfectly.
With this fourth praxis is the observance day enriched.
this very way, brings the observance day endowed with eight features
high - even divine - reward & blessing & is of sublime dignity
and immense greatness...
are those, who break the holy vows,
who speak false, deceive & pretend,
who thus cannot hope for a good future,
There is no evil such ones cannot do ... !
who falsely declare: "That indeed happened",
about what did not happen or: "I did not do that",
about what they actually did, earn themselves
a hot ticket to a screaming future in Hell...
One can only convince the liar with truth....
only, one wins a divine future!
Behaviour that counts as ways of lying:
falsehood, dishonesty, misrepresentation, fabrication, faking, evasion,
deceiving, simulation, impersonation, misleading, mimicry, sham, double-dealing,
fraud, swindling, trickery, forgery, fiction, perjury, untruthfulness, &
any bending, colouring, cover up, concealing, disguising, hiding or obscuration
of the facts!
More on Neither
Lying, nor Deceiving, nor Pretending:
Truth always Triumphs! from
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More on this Optimal Buddhist Uposatha Day Observance:
Source (edited extract):
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha.
Anguttara Nikāya AN 8:44