Choose your words carefully

A FARMER SLANDERED HIS NEIGHBOUR. Realizing his mistake, he went to a preacher to ask for forgiveness. The preacher told him to take a bag of feathers and drop them in the centre of the town. The farmer did as he was told. Then the preacher asked him to go and collect the feathers and put them back in the bag. The farmer tried but couldn’t as the feathers had all blown away. When he returned with the empty bag, the preacher said, “the same thing is true about your words. You dropped them rather easily, but you cannot retrieve them. You need to be very careful in choosing your words.’’

A person who says whatever he likes usually ends up hearing what he doesn’t like. Be tactful. Tact consists of choosing one’s words carefully and knowing how far to go. It also means knowing what to say and what to leave unsaid. Talent without tact may not always be desirable. Words reflect attitude. Words can hurt feelings and destroy relationships. More people have been hurt by an improper choice of words than by any natural disaster. Choose what you say rather than say what you choose. That is the difference between wisdom and foolishness.

Excessive talking does not mean communication. Talk less; say more.

Words spoken out of bitterness can cause irreparable damage. The way parents speak to their children in many instances shapes their children’s destiny.


Q: If this creation is an illusion, then the knowledge which is a part of this creation is also an illusion. What then is the relevance of Upanishads and other scriptures?

Guruji: Well, then your question is also an illusion. Why should I answer an ‘illusion’? (Laughter) See, you should not make comparisons. Everything here is unique and has its own place, so it should be honoured and respected accordingly.


When you throw blame, blame will come back to you. If you show humility and throw compliments on the other person, that will bounce back to you.

Om Namah Shivay

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