Harmful is all
false speech, lying, pretending, deceiving, and misleading!
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,
and misleading, that would neither be pleasing, nor agreeable to
Similarly, if I were to speak false to, lie to, pretend, deceive, and mislead another being, that would
damage that being's welfare, and would neither be pleasing, nor
agreeable, nor acceptable to that other being either....
What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is also displeasing and
to any other being too. How can I harm and hurt another being with what provoke, annoy, and exasperate myself? Having reflected
thus repeatedly, 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
deceiving, and lying... 3: He/she will praise speaking only honest, trustworthy,
and plain dry truth... In this very way is this advantageous verbal behaviour purified in 3
"Eat bread and salt, and speak the truth.." Russian
(edited extract): The
Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta
Sotāpattisamyutta. Thread 7: To the people at the Bamboo gate...