"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"
The author should have given any specific examples so that this matter can be discussed meaningfully instead of giving a response in general lines.
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What makes us lie? In most of the cases, it's the fear of the consequences that makes us lie. We tend to lie because the truth is harsh at times. We might have many such justification for the white lie that we speak, but the fact is that even the white lie is not ok, as it might cause harm much more than what we might anticipate. We should be frank, yes it will hurt people and sometimes it might hurt us as well. When a person says I haven't lied, that's the biggest lie, we being humans, tend to lie at some point or the other.
It is always good to be truthful, by this nature we are being justful not just to ourselves but also to the person/situation concerned.
A lie is just a temporary solution, which can cause more damage than the truth itself, yet to escape temporarily we resort to lies.
In Mahabharata, Dharmaraju is very honest and he never tells lies. But Lord Krishna made him to express the facts only in such a way that it will reach the man actually we have to receive it will receive in a different way and other people will understand the point correctly only. It is an indication that you should be tactful in your expression while maintaining your honesty.
Under certain circumstances, even you lie also it is not that you are not honest. This what I read in some books.
#61088806 : Agree with you Rao Sir, That we should not be so honest that it negatively impact others,I think we should shape our words in such a way that it does not effect the other person and also we do not speak the lie. May be I can say, on a safer side. Now how to talk in such a way? We know that the truth is bitter very bitter , but we cannot speak it and we also have to make the other person feel comfortable, without making a lie?
Also you talked about a character in Mahabharata, Dharmaraju, that he was very honest person- Are you talking about Yudhisthir? I am asking this because I never heard this name in this epic. Can you let me know?
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We all grow up as children where everything is either black or white and life is simple. As we mature into adults, we slowly realise that very few things in life are black or white and most are in different shades of grey and yes, life is complex.
We live in a world where honesty is the best policy is just another quote at corporate offices and some big homes.
If we have to be honest with everything, then life would become brutal as we would harm many people, their relations, peace at family, literally everything. Sometimes even though we are correct and true to ourselves, people cannot handle the truth and people cannot tell the truth,
Yet, we have to live among such people, we need to have a meaningful life with harmony as far as possible at home, work and the social circles we move in. So every time we think the truth is good but with a devastating effect, we need to just step back, tell a small white lie and move on. If not we will be fighting some many little battles in life and end up having no energy to fight the War - To march on despite adversity and ultimately be successful.
Honesty is the best policy, if not in the short-term, but definitely in the long-term. This is not a theoretical concept; I am telling this from my personal experience. So, please don't leave the straight path of honesty. You will be definitely benefited in the long run. Have faith on God and have trust on yourself.
Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.
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