This is a sutra from Bible which has a deep significance in day-to-day life. Truth lasts forever and always ends up in internal happiness and self-realization. In the long-term, it provides happiness. A lie, on the other hand, provides momentary pleasure but will eventually lead to some difficulty later in life.

Spoken words cannot come back, just likean arrow released from the bow. One cannot get back his youth or respect, once lost. Likewise, spoken words cannot be taken back and bad words, once spoken, will continue to create negative waves in the other person, to whom they were spoken.They will persist as repressed thoughts or memory in the other person’s mind forever. Such bad memories keep on coming back in the person’s mind causing damage to the personal relationships.

A spoken word is a karmic expression. For every karmic action there is an opposite and equal reaction. For every negative karmic action, one has to pay the debt, either now or in future. According to the law of karma, every debt has to be paid.

One must avoid using negative language, both in spoken words as well as in the mind. The yoga sutras of Patanjali describe thinking, speaking or doing anything wrong as having the same karmic significance. We should not only purify ourselves in actions and spoken words but also in the mind. If a person has negative thoughts in the mind, the same will be reflected to the outside world.

The momentary pleasure which one gets by lying has no spiritual significance; it only satisfies the person’s ego or makes him attached to any of the five senses. The transient pleasure that the body experiences stimulates a cascade of reactions, including action, memory and desire, resulting in action again, which will eventually heighten greed and attachments. In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna gave two examples, which work as an exception to such a situation. Any truth, which may be harmful to others, may not be spoken and any lie which does not harm anyone but benefits a few may be spoken.

Truth is the opposite of doubt. It is always better to clear all the doubts from the mind as any repressed doubts can lead to heart attack, paralysis and cancer.

Truth also signifies taking consciousness-based decisions as the consciousness never lies. While taking any decision one should always ask oneself— Is it the truth? Is it necessary? And will it bring happiness to me and the people around?

Lord Krishna has also been described as “Satchitanand”, which indicates qualities of truthfulness, consciousness-based decisions and internal happiness. Truthfulness has to be practiced over a period of time and made a part of one’s daily life.