"It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"
" Be Good and Do Good "
In this regard the following verse also has to be kept in mind:
" Satyam brooyaat priyam brooyaat.,
Na brooyaat satyam apriyam.
Priyam cha naanrutham brooyaat.
Esha dharmah sanatanah."
Which briefly means ' to tell truth that is pleasant, not to speak truth that is unpleasant, but NEVER to speak UNTRUTH even if it is unpleasant'.
When it says to speak pleasant truth, it just means to tell the truth in a pleasant and acceptable manner. The common example is when a doctor slowly and gradually broaches the state of a serious and critical patient to his relatives, without causing an instant shock; or when an advocate tells his client about the complications and difficulties in a case brought to him.
The Upanishads say "Satyam vadha, Dharmam charah"- tell truth, tread the path of Dharamah.
Our National Motto- inscribed in our National symbol- is " Satyameva Jayate' from Mundakopanishad. It means truth alone triumphs.
"Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"
Hiding the truth does not actually amount to telling a lie. It becomes a lie only when you not only hide a fact but also say something which is not true with the intention to cheat or deceive someone. Continuing the example quoted by Venkiteswaran sir, when a doctor tells his patient that there is nothing to worry and that he will be alright well knowing the critical condition of the patient, it cannot be termed a lie. What the doctor says may be untrue but it cannot be said to be a lie.
You must tell the truth even if it hurts your ego when the situation demands it. One's ego will be hurt only when he is revealing a personal issue that would have an adverse effect on himself and on the one to whom the truth is being revealed. For example, if A says something bad about B to C. B asks C whether A has told him something about him. Here, C has to consider the total issue, the particular situation and the end result before deciding whether he has to divulge the conversation to B. C may tell the truth irrespective of the effect but he should hide facts, wholly or partially, if he feels that telling the truth can bring in negative results.
What I mean to say is that one must not lie for the sake of it or to cheat someone but he may hide the truth if he feels that saying the truth will not be good in a particular circumstance. I am sure that we all lie at some point of time but that is okay as long the same is neither harmful to you or another. Truth is consistent while lies are not and so one should be careful and must avoid lies.
'Knowledge is knowing a Tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.' -Miles Kington