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Doing good through thought, word and deed is truthfulness - Sri Maha Periyava - Kanchi Paramacharya

Doing good through thought, word and deed is truthfulness. All that does ill is untruthfulness.

It is not enough that you speak to a man what is good for him. You must speak with affection and the one to whom your words are addressed must find them acceptable.

If you speak harshly nobody will listen to you even if you mean well. Thus words that serve no purpose do not constitute a truth.

Your speech must be beneficial and, at the same time, capable of bringing happiness to the man to whom it is addressed. This is truthfulness.
 Sri Maha Periyava - Kanchi Paramacharya