Let us act as befits the dignity which we claim for ourselves as Africans, proud of our own special qualities, distinctions, and abilities. We must speak out on major issues, COURAGEOUSLY, OPENLY AND HONESTLY, and in blunt terms of right and wrong. ~The Wisdom of Rastafari http://www.sacred-texts.com/afr/rasta/wisdom.htm
Forward to the King of Kings to learn His code of Laws from the mount demanding absolute Love, Purity, Honesty, and Truthfulness. Forward to the King of Kings to learn His Laws and social order, so that virtue will eventually gain the victory over body and soul and that TRUTH WILL DRIVE AWAY FALSEHOOD AND FRAUD. ~The Promised Key http://www.sacred-texts.com/afr/tpk/tpk03.htm
The Master said, "LET HIS WORDS BE SINCERE AND TRUTHFUL and his actions honorable and careful; such conduct may be practiced among the rude tribes of the South or the North. If his words be not sincere and truthful and his actions not honorable and careful will he, with such conduct, be appreciated, even in his neighborhood?
Confucius said, "There are three friendships which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Friendship with the upright; friendship with the sincere; and friendship with the man of much observation: these are advantageous. Friendship with the man of specious airs; friendship with the insinuatingly soft; and friendship with the glib-tongued: these are injurious."
THE TRUTH IS BORN OUT OF THE SPRING OF LIGHT, falsehood from the well of darkness. The dominion of all the children of truth is in the HANDS OF THE ANGELS OF LIGHT SO THAT THEY MAY WALK IN THE WAYS OF LIGHT.
The sage who would bring his mind into a fit state for the performance of devout contemplation must be devoid of desire, and observe invariably continence, compassion, truth, honesty, and disinterestedness.
Practice speaking honestly, to speak only the truth; PUT AN END TO ALL DECEITFULNESS. In any discussion, you must be forthright and truthful in your statements. ~ Prophecy to Expound the Dharma
Hãy tập lời nói mình cho chân chính, đúng với sự thật; hãy bỏ hết những xảo ngôn tráo chác... Phàm những khi bàn luận việc chi phải nói tỏ tường ngay thẳng. ~ Sấm Giảng Giáo Lý
The worst sin of all sins created by speech is a double-tongue, which is the cause of all misunderstandings, arguments, resentments and hatred... To avoid these mishaps, you must BE HONEST AND TRUTHFUL IN YOUR SPEECH.
~ The Complete Book of Prophecies to Expound Poetry and Literature
Đứng đầu các tội ác do miệng lưỡi gây ra, ác lưỡng thiệt này đã làm duyên cớ cho những sự hiểu lầm nhau, những sự cải vã, gây gỗ sanh oán sanh thù... Để giải trừ nhũng tai vạ ấy, phải giữ cho lời nói mình được thành thật, chánh đáng. ~ Sấm Giảng thi Văn Toàn Bộ, Luận về Tam Nghiệp
Forbidden also is untruthful speech
All kinds of false details are added. Because of your hatred, you fabricate facts
Because of your love, you justify his bad deeds Life is unfair, few mend their ways. Because of your untruthfulness, the subordinates disrespect I advise humanity to uphold justice. LIVE LIFE BY HONEST LIVING AND HONEST SPEECH. ~ The Complete Book of Prophecies to Expound Poetry and Literature, Encouraging Goodness
Ác vọng ngữ thứ tư cũng cấm, Nói thêm thừa huyễn hoặc đủ điều. Ghét người thì kiếm chuyện dệt thêu, Thương viện lẻ thấp cao bào chữa, Đời bất công mấy ai xem sửa. Trên điêu ngoa dưới chẳng phục tòng, Khuyên nhơn sanh lấy lẻ chí công. Mà ăn ở nói năng chơn chất. ~Sấm Giảng thi Văn Toàn Bộ, Khuyến Thiện
International Society of Krishna Consciousness
Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, HONESTY, knowledge, wisdom and religiousness - these are the natural qualities by which the brahmanas work.
Brahmana is a member of a cultural and social elite.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Fearlessness; purification of one's existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control;…TRUTHFULNESS…compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty… - these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to GODLY MEN ENDOWED WITH DIVINE NATURE.
FOR IN ALLAH'S SIGHT ARE (ALL) HIS SERVANTS, - (Namely), those who say: "Our Lord! We have indeed believed: forgive us, then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire;" Those who show patience, firmness and self-control; WHO ARE TRUE (IN WORD AND DEED)…
Allah will say: "This is a day on which THE TRUTHFUL WILL PROFIT FROM THEIR TRUTH: theirs are gardens, with rivers flowing beneath - their eternal Home: ALLAH WELL-PLEASED WITH THEM, and they with Allah: THAT IS THE GREAT SALVATION, (the fulfillment of all desires).
Mental thorns (salya) like deceit, perverted attitude and a desire for worldly enjoyments in the next life in a person observing the vow of Sallekhana cause him greater pain than a tainted weapon, poison, devil, an evil-motivated amulet or an angry serpent, for in the presence of these salyas, RIGHT UNDERSTANDING BECOMES IMPOSSIBLE AND INVOLVEMENT IN AN INFINITE TRANSMIGRATORY CYCLE BECOMES INEVITABLE.
Sallekhana means embracing the death voluntarily when both householders and ascetics foresee that the end of the life is very near either due to the old age, incurable disease, severe famine, etc.
You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that YOU MAY LIVE LONG IN THE LAND THE LORD YOUR GOD IS GIVING YOU. ~ Holy Bible
USE HONEST SCALES AND HONEST WEIGHTS, AN HONEST EPHAH AND AN HONEST HIN. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.
Ephah means an ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to about a bushel. Hin means an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure = 1.5 gallons.
~ Holy Bible
Far be it from me that I should justify you; till I die I will not put away mine integrity from me. ~ Holy Ketuvim
They speak falsehood every one with his neighbor; with flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak. MAY THE LORDCUT OFF ALL FLATTERING LIPS, the tongue that speaketh proud things!
~ Holy Ketuvim
LORD, who shall SOJOURN IN THY TABERNACLE? Who shall DWELL UPON THY HOLY MOUNTAIN? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and SPEAKETH TRUTH IN HIS HEART…
~ Holy Ketuvim
Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry; GIVE EAR UNTO MY PRAYER FROM LIPS WITHOUT DECEIT.
~ Holy Ketuvim
Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.
~ Holy Bible
YOU SHALL NOT GIVE FALSE TESTIMONY AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR.
~ Holy Bible
They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.
~ Holy Bible
And now my brethren, if ye were righteous and were willing to hearken to the truth, and give heed unto it, that ye might WALK UPRIGHTLY BEFORE GOD, then ye would not murmur because of the truth, and say: Thou speakest hard things against us. ~ Book of Mormon http://script-xures.lds.org/en/1_ne/16
And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in him.
Do not say that I have spoken hard things against you; for if ye do, ye will revile against the truth; for I have spoken the words of your Maker. I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear them not, for they love the truth and are not shaken.
The fourth sin is untruthful speech Benefiting yourself, harming others Making up false tales near and far Causing all kinds of confusions and chaos Double-tongued is the habit of backbiting Making both parties resent each other Speak not words that harm you later. ONE UNRIGHTEOUS PHRASE WILL BRING INCALCULABLE DISASTERS. ~ Book of Truth
Tội thứ tư vọng ngôn dối trá, Lợi cho mình thiên hạ hại thân, Vẽ duyên thêu dệt xa gần, muôn điều rối rắm trăm phần đảo điên. Thói lưỡng thiệt hai bên đâm thọc, Cho đôi đàng trách móc lẫn nhau Mỡ lời để hại về sau, Một câu thất đức họa sau khôn lường. Religion: Hệ Phái Tăng Già Khất Sĩ, ~Bộ Chơn Lý, Page: 815
if you earnestly cultivated your own person, and carefully guarded your (proper) truth, simply rendering to others what was due to them, then you would have escaped such entanglements.
~ Chuang Tzu
A man's proper Truth is PURE SINCERITY IN ITS HIGHEST DEGREE; without this pure sincerity one cannot move others…Given this truth within, it exercises a spiritual efficacy without, and this is why we count it so valuable…Therefore, the sages take their law from Heaven, and prize their (proper) Truth, without submitting to the restrictions of custom.
I say: If you are not willing to obey Christ's Teaching, obey Moses', if you are not willing to obey Moses', then obey the laws of your country, anyway, act as an honest and just man, do not break your word.
~ The New Humanity
If I speak honestly, justly I speak for my good; I do not wish to pollute my honor; I wish neither to disgrace my brothers, nor the name of God, but I hope when I meet you some day you will know that I have always been honest and just in my soul and mind, and that you also walk in this path.
~ The New Humanity
LOVE SHOULD LIVE IN THEIR HEARTS; THEY HAVE TO BE AWAKENED AND NOT TO CHEAT THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. Thus, they will view the interests of others as their own interests and consequently they will not sell bad merchandise. We will have mutual understanding, only if we view our work in this way.
The sage asked the spirit of wisdom thus: “How many are those people whom it is necessary to consider as rich, and how many are those who are poor?” The spirit of wisdom answered thus: 'These are the people it is necessary to consider as rich: one is he who is perfect in wisdom; the second, whose body is healthy, and he lives fearlessly; the third, who is content with that which has come; the fourth, he whose destiny is a helper in virtue; the fifth, who is well-famed in the eyes of the sacred beings, and by the tongues of the good; the sixth, whose trust is on this one, pure, good religion of the Mazda-worshippers; and the seventh, whose WEALTH IS FROM HONESTY.
The three (means) particularly adapted for the improvement of one's self (are as follows). One is the path of mithra (i.e., of truth and honesty) which when a man's soul has been endowed with it, preserves his life and person in persevering union with the Yazads.
Yazads are spiritual beings who form the second tier of divinities in the Zoroastrian pantheon.
Be it known that the noble nature of heroes and rulers has zeal for high aims, such as morality, strength, aid, powerful youth, charity, godly thoughts, truthfulness, courage, perseverance, doing of virtuous public deeds, and other good qualities of rulers.
~ Denkard (Acts of Religion), Book 3, Chapter 336
The virtues of a priest of high aims are the noble qualities connected with prayer to God, such as …charity, speaking profitable words, truthfulness, humility, courage, contentment, perseverance, doing public acts, as the leader of the faith and obedience of other good kinds. ~ Denkard (Acts of Religion), Book 3, Chapter 336 http://www.avesta.org/denkard/dk3s275.html#chap336
Men acquire contentment, diligence, zeal, obedience to God, modesty, dignity, power of cherishing, morality, wisdom, courtesy, magnanimity, charity, truth, faithfulness, good intentions and other good qualities by the divine wisdom of the Mazdayasnian faith. And a man possessing this IMPROVES THE WORLD.
Also that the spiritual lord is always true; of the tongue - when he (the priest) speaks falsehood with the tongue - are those words which he does not believe through the spiritual lord, and it is owing to this, too, when, of all the body, the tongue first dies.
~ Denkard (Acts of Religion)
I say unto thee, O Spitaman! that THOU SHOULDST SPEAK WITH THE TONGUE JUST AS THOU THINKEST WITH THE MIND…
Be it known that, ALL SORTS OF IMPROVEMENT IN A CITY AND AMONG MEN, subsist by means of the knowledge of the revelation, and mostly by TRUTHFUL SPEECH; and by these means four righteous qualifications are acquired, which tend to the improvement of a city and of men under the supervision of a worthy head. 1st. While he (i.e. the head) has honest inclination, there abides in him the GLORIOUS INTUITION FOR AMELIORATING THE CITY. 2nd. While he has a natural vigor in his heart for giving out the truth, he is strongly inclined to utter only the truth. 3rd. While his truthful speech teems with the intelligence of good spirits, the truth is aggrandized. 4th. While he trusts in the righteous utterances of man among mankind, his work (in this life) is full of delight. Thus THE REVEALER OF TRUTH IS A MEDIUM FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE CITY AND ITS HUMAN RESIDENTS.
In a man of the good principle exist most excellent attributes of the most glorious one (Spenamino): intuitive good sense, thought of obedience (unto God), liberality, truth, and other good qualities; and hence his person is GRACEFUL, AND HE IS FREE FROM THE ANXIETY to alleviate his debt (i.e. sin, in order to save himself from hell.)
It is said in revelation that ONE TRUTHFUL MAN IS BETTER THAN A WHOLE WORLD ('halam) SPEAKING FALSEHOOD; and Gavah of Isfahan - when he kept his stand upon the truth, and was speaking words with truth until the time when Dahak [Zohak], who possessed the whole realm, and the whole of the demons and mankind have been afraid of him, through the truth of the words spoken - was bold with them in every speech, and became victorious (muthaffar) over them by reason of the true words that he was speaking.
I also saw the soul of a man whose TONGUE A WORM EVER GNAWED. And I asked thus: “What sin was committed by this body?” Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, said thus: “This is the soul of that wicked man who, in the world, spoke many lies and falsehoods; and, thereby, much harm and injury were diffused among all creatures.”
Then I saw the souls of those whom SERPENTS STING AND EVER DEVOUR THEIR TONGUES. And I asked thus: “What sin was committed by those, whose soul suffers so severe a punishment?” Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, said thus: “These are the souls of those liars and irreverent (or 'untruthful') speakers who, in the world, spoke much falsehood and lies and profanity.”
Then I saw the souls of a man and a woman whose TONGUES WERE CUT OUT. And I asked thus: “What sin was committed by these bodies, whose souls suffer so severe a punishment?” Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, said thus: “This is the soul of that wicked man and woman who, amongst the living, spoke much falsehood and profanity (or untruth), and deceived their own souls.”