The Characterization of Noble Speech:
Eliminating any false speech any Noble Friend dwells avoiding all lies,
a truth-speaker, one to be relied on, trustworthy, loyal, not a deceiver
of the world. Abstaining from malicious speech, he does not tell them there,
what he has heard about those here, or repeat here, what he heard there,
harming those there. Thus is he a reconciling
diplomat stilling all quarrels.
The Noble Friend is rejoicing in peace, loving it, delighting in it, one who
defends peace. Abandoning all harsh and aggressive speech he refrains
from it. He speaks whatever is blameless and pleasing to the ear, agreeable,
touching the heart, elegant, gratifying and appealing to the many.
Discarding idle and empty chatter, he speaks at the right time
and only about
what is correct, advantageous and to the point, of Dhamma and self-control.
He is a speaker, whose words are to be treasured and remembered, timely,
reasoned, well-defined, well-formulated, beneficial and leading to the goal...
This is Right and Noble Speech!
Buddha once noted:
Man is born with an axe in his mouth, whereby he cuts himself down!
The Ten Advantageous Subjects:
Talk on the Modesty of having few wants,
Talk on the Bliss of Contentment,
Talk on the
Joy of Seclusion,
Talk on the Ease of Disentanglement,
Talk on the
Energy of Enthusiasm,
Talk on the Advantage of Morality,
Talk on the Calm of Concentration,
Talk on the Insight of Understanding,
Talk on the Freedom of Release,
Talk on the Direct Knowledge and Vision of Release ...
Such is Right Speech!
The many kinds of Pointless Talk
(also today called NEWS!):
Such as talk on kings, robbers, ministers, armies, dangers, wars, foods, drinks, clothing,
furniture, jewelry, cosmetics, relatives, vehicles, villages, towns, cities, countries, women,
heroes, places, amusements, the dead, trifles, the origin of the world, the origin
of the sea,
whether metaphysical things are so, or are not so... Such talk is pointless, irrelevant,
detrimental, empty of any advantage...
Knowing right and wrong
speech as right and wrong speech, is right view.
on Right Speech (Sammā Vācā):
Awareness of presence of right
and wrong speech, is right awareness.
Exchanging wrong speech with right speech, is right effort...