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dog and samuriWords have power.  They can do good, and they can cause harm.   There is four types of harmful speech which should be removed from the mind, and refrained from doing..

Words spoken with the intent of misrepresenting the truth,  Lies.

Words spoken with the intent of creating rifts, fights, between people,  Divisive.

Words spoken with the intent of hurting another person’s feelings, Harsh.

Words spoken with no purposeful intent at all, Idle.

The four types of speech are: Lies, Divisive, Harsh, and Idle.

Of course this takes practice.  Use jiu jitsu to become a better you.  Before speaking,  focus upon why do you want to speak.  If what you want to say is a lie, divisive, harsh, or idle, don’t say it.  If you can’t control what you say, how do you expect to control your mind?  Jiu jitsu is about controling the self.

Remember, we can abstain from unsuitable conversation, even when we feel angry, by not saying anything when its not beneficial to say.

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Swear words and harmful speech is like a virus that needs to be removed from the mind to gain optimum health.  Profanity and harmful speech is a proof of a lack of thoughtfulness, a mind without control.

Every day is an opportunity to improve yourself. Awareness is the first step.   Think about these ancient principles. Note, Right speech is difficult.

What is right speech?

1)  Abstaining from lying.

2) Not divisive.

3) Abusive.

4) Idle chatter.

One should speak only that word by which one would not torment oneself nor harm others. One should speak only pleasant words, acceptable to others, without bringing evil to others.

Anguttara Nikaya


1) Speak at the right time.

2) Speak facts.

3) Speak gently.

4) Speak useful words.

5) Speak with kindness and without anger.

Anguttara Nikaya.


It is spoken at the right time.

It is spoken in truth.

It is spoken affectionately.

It is spoken beneficially.

It is spoken with a mind of good will.

Anguttara Nikyaya.

Right speech helps you become aware of your motives and know yourself better. Right speech brings peace and harmony in your thoughts and actions. Right speech leads to right awareness and truthfulness.

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