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JAINA Special Newsletter: Das Lakshana Day 5 - Supreme Truthfulness
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Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

On the fifth day of Das Lakshana Parva, let us learn about Uttam Satya Dharma which tells us to give up falsehood and embrace truthfulness in our life.

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President


Truth is the speech of inward purity.-Sir Edwin Arnold

Satya means truthful, real, genuine, honest, loyal, non-deceitful or truth-speaking.

To speak politely in accordance with scriptures for the uplifting of religion is called truth. Nothing on earth is as glorious as truthfulness; it brings in its wake all other virtues.

Every living soul should always speak with restraint only truthful words, which are sweet like nectar and beneficial to self and others as well. If perchance at any time a man feels hesitation in speaking truthful words, he should better keep mum.

To call a spade a spade is the first requisite of truthfulness. But in the spiritual sphere due to supremacy given to nonviolence over self and non-self, beneficial and sweet words are called truth, even if there is a bit of falsehood in them. Indeed, a statement, which does well to living beings is the truth. On the contrary, a statement howsoever true it may be, but if it causes harm to somebody is an untruth. In short, spreading false doctrines, revealing the secrets and deformities of others is a falsehood. Likewise, backbiting, making false documents and breach of trust are all forms of falsehood. A man should abstain from such false truths.

Sometimes, situations come when even truth turns into untruth e.g., to call blind a ‘blind’. Though it may be a fact that a man is blind by birth, it is a bitter truth to call him a blind, because such a remark hurts his feelings and causes agony to his heart. Such words as inflicting pain to somebody’s heart are regarded untrue despite their being true.

That indeed is the real truth, which contributes to the welfare of all living beings. On the contrary, that which causes harm to somebody is an untruth. Therefore, always speak the truth, speak affectionate and pleasant words; but never speak unpleasant words despite their being true and do not speak a bitter truth.

Once a sage sat in a forest. Just then some people came running after a cow to kill it. The sage at once understood that these people were none else but butchers and hunters. They were on their hunting mission. Seeing these hunters, the sage stood up. All these people came to the saint and spoke, “O holy saint! Has any cow passed this way?” The saint was in a fix. If he said ‘yes’, all these butchers would chase and kill the cow; if he said, ‘No’, he would be branded a liar. To escape these two adverse situations the saint at once sat down and said, “No cow has passed this side since I have sat down.” If he had said so in a standing position, it would have been a falsehood. Therefore, to speak whatever is true as well as non-violent i.e., to safeguard and defend life, is truth in the real sense. Thus, even a lie takes on the garb of truth if it brings good to others.



A truthful man is treated as reliable as the mother, as venerable as the guru (preceptor) and as beloved as the one who commands knowledge.

- Bhagwan Mahavir
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