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Saturday, June 12, 2010

awareness while talking

All our life we talk and talk and go on talking various things to so many people. Here is a test given by Socrates- triple test, which will help us to understand what we should talk. If our talk cannot pass through this triple test, it is better to keep quiet.

Socrates’ Test
From the Divinesahajayoga Blog
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in highesteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher andsaid,
“Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your best friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anythingI’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple FilterTest.”
“Triple filter?”
“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me aboutmy friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filterwhat you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have youmade absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”
“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’strue or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter ofGoodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friendsomething good?”
“No, on the contrary…”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something badabout him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still passthe test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter ofUsefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going tobe useful to me?”
“No, not really.”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me isneither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”
This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in suchhigh esteem.

Mataji Nirmaladevi also had time and again taught the sahajayogis to refrain from such kind of useless, harmful and derogatory kind of talk, which not only spoils us but also wastes our time and energy. Better we should think positive and observe self restrain in our own interest. Sahajayoga teaches to be balanced person who is guided by the holy mother Kundalini, which never allows to detract from the path of righteous thinking.