Sensitivity in presenting spiritual topics

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We use speech every day in our life. But seldom do we realize it’s power. It leaves a profound impact on others, our mind and consciousness.

Words create worlds. Since language affects reality, there is an irretrievable nature to the words which leave our lips.

Numerous scriptural injunctions are available on the Yama and Niyama of speech.

In the Nectar of Instruction, Srila Rupa Goswami’s first instruction to all practitioners of bhakti-yoga is — vāco vegam — one should control one’s speech.

In the Bhagavad-gītā (17.15), Lord Krishna says that austerity of speech consists of speaking words that are satyam – truthful, priyam – pleasing, hitam – beneficial, and anudvega-karam – not agitating to others.

The Manu Samhita says:

Satyam bruyat priyam bruyat.

Na bruyat satyam apriyam.

Priyam cha nanrutham bruyat.

Esha dharmah sanatanah.

This means, ‘Speak the truth that is pleasant. Never speak the truth that is unpleasant. And, never speak the untruth even if it’s pleasant.’

Hence austerity of speech refers to finding the right balance between stating the truth while being non violent in communication. The three Sanskrit words which summarize truthfulness in speech are hitam (beneficial), mitam(measured) and priyam

This podcast analyses:

The prominent role of speech in our life

The principles governing the speech in mode of goodness

The practical application of the rules with examples from our scriptures

At the end of the talk we are aware of:

When to speak and when to remain silent
What to speak and what not to speak
Who to speak to and who not to speak to
How to speak and how not to speak.
His Holiness Bhakti Rasamrita Swami Maharaj is an exemplar of perfect speech. The principles of non violent communication are entrenched within his entire being. He is measured, peaceful, deep and speaks with a soothing cadence. Aptly, whatever Maharaj says is not just eminently touching, but resonates with the listener.
And who could be a better host/ facilitator than the erudite and scholarly Chaitanya Charan Prabhu! With his extensive knowledge of scriptures along with modern science and exceptional communication skills, Prabhu is the glue that holds the podcast together. He asks very thought-provoking and engaging questions, whilst making valuable contributions to the discussion.


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