much attention is given to the moral importance of our deeds and their effects.
Those who seek to live the higher life also come to understand the oft-ignored
moral power of our words.
One of the clearest marks of the moral life is right speech. Perfecting
our speech is one of the keystones of an authentic spiritual program.
First and foremost, think before you speak to make sure you are
speaking with good purpose.
If need be, be mostly silent or speak sparingly. Speech itself is neither
good nor evil, but it is so commonly used carelessly that you need to be on
your guard. Frivolous talk is hurtful talk; besides, it is unbecoming to be
Enter into discussions when social or professional occasion calls for
it, but be cautious that the spirit and intent of the discussion and its content
remain worthy. Prattle is seductive. Stay out of its clutches.
Itís not necessary to restrict yourself to lofty subjects or philosophy
all the time, but be aware that the common babbling that passes for worthwhile
discussion has a corrosive effect on your higher purpose. When we blather about
trivial things, we ourselves become trivial, for our attention gets taken up
with trivialities. You become what you give your attention to.
We become small-minded if we engage in discussion about other people.
In particular, avoid, blaming, praising, or comparing people.
Try whenever possible, if you notice the conversation around you decaying into palaver, to see if you can subtly lead the conversation back to m
Keep your aspiration ardent and sincere and never forget that you are the child of the Divine; it will prevent you from doing anything unworthy of the Divine children.
(17 April 1947)