Volume 4 No 1
|The Dharma in
MOUTH is the human organ for food and speech. It is therefore an important organ. If
it is also eloquent, the words that flow out of it are worthy of respect. The gravity of
one simple word can make or mar a nation. Words that impart encouragement and advice are
gratefully referred to as golden words! Utterances that are crude and
unpleasant to the ear are generally detested. They are thus known as foul language from a
Vicious utterances take the following forms:-
* Swearing with inauspicious words;
* Cursing others and calling upon the evil cause harm on them;
* Insulting others and embarrassing them with verbal abuses;
* Arguing with others and resulting quarrels;
* Quarrelling leading to fighting;
* Venting anger cursing and swearing aloud in public.
While the posture of the body when abusing others can hardly be commended, the language used can be so obnoxious that it is unacceptable to anyone. Even a three-year-old finds it difficult to accept scolding and will cry in objection. When cursing or swearing becomes a habit, it is not easy to correct that habit.
Offensive words are grounds for litigation and one can be sentenced to jail or fines on charges of open insult, slander or defamation. The offender is liable to fall into the three evil realms of hell, ghosts and animals upon death. When he lands in hell, his tongue will be severed and he has to swallow it. He will have to face constant assault.
Thus Buddhism implores humanity to abstain strictly from vicious utterances. There are eight benefits that can be derived from a complete abstinence from oral viciousness throughout ones life.
|If this proper use of speech can be extended from one person to the
family, society, and nation and eventually to the entire humanity, the world will be a
more pleasant, peaceful and happy place to live in.
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