Truth may be blamed, but cannot be shamed! (Post No.5218)

Written by London swaminathan


Date: 14 JULY 2018


Time uploaded in London – 20-19 (British Summer Time)


Post No. 5218


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More  Proverbs on Truth!

Truth and oil are ever above!

Truth is always visible; perceivable. No one can hide it. It stands out.

In Tamil there is a proverb, you can never hide a whole pumpkin in the cooked rice. White pumpkin grown in Tamil Nadu is of the size of four foot balls. (Tamil-Muzup puusanikkaayai sotril maraikka mudiyaathu)

Truth needs not many words.

A liar must concoct a big story. To justify one lie another lie is added. From a mole hill a mountain is created. But with the truth, just the facts will do the work.

Truth may be blamed, but cannot be shamed.

We normally attribute all our failures to something. It may be a fact, but it wont justify our action.

A poor man says that he stole something because of poverty or starvation.

A prostitute may say that she entertains people because she needs money.

So one may blame the truth but it can never be shamed. That is the real fault lies somewhere no on truth.

Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar’s Tamil Veda Tirukkural says,

Even it be to save your own beloved mother from starvation, let not your hands be defiled with what the sages have condemned as a heinous wrong.(656)

1.Many a true word is spoken in jest

2.In wine there is truth

3.Children and fools speak the truth

These three proverbs are very interesting.

Drunken men, children and fools speak the truth!

Even saint Rama Krishna Paramahamsa said this: “Heaven sometimes speaks through the mouths of lunatics, drunkards and children”.

1.Nothing hurts like the truth!

2.Truth finds foes, where it makes none

3.All truths are not to be told

4.Follow not truth too near the heels, lest it dash out thy teeth.


Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar and Manu, the law maker agree on this point.


Tamil Veda Tirukkural says,

What is truthfulness? It is the utterance of such words that smack not of even slightest taint of evil (Kural 291)

Manu says

In a case where telling the truth would cause the death of a servant ,Sudra or a ruler/Kshatriya or a Brahmana, one should tell a lie, for that is better than the truth- Manu Smrti 8-104

If it will produce pure, unmixed good, even falsehood may be considered truth — Tirukkural, 292

satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam
priyam ca nanrutam bruyat esha dharmah sanatanah

Speak truth in such a way that it should be pleasing to others. Never speak truth, which is unpleasant to others. Never speak untruth, which might be pleasant. This is the path of eternal morality, sanatana dharma (Manu Smrti 4-138)

Lies have short legs

Liars have need of good memories

Great talkers are great liars. (Think about our politicians)

It is a well known fact that one lie must be supported by another lie. They will expose themselves. They cannot last long.
A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth

All of us know the famous fable. A villager always called everyone for help saying Tiger is comin, Tiger is coming; When all the villagers ran for his help he mocked at them as fools. Oe day when he was really attacked by tiger he raised the same slogan and no one came for his help. The consequence is obvious.

One lies make many

Murder will be out ( cannot be hid)

A traveller may lie with authority.

Lying and thieving go together.


It is true that all men say.

If many honest impartial voice their opinion and if it is the same, then there must be truth in it. One doesn’t need to worry about common man.


Tamil Veda Tirukkural says,

the arrogant fool, who denies what all the world firmly believes

will be considered a veritable demon stalking the earth- kural 850
Common fame is seldom to blame

Paper won’t blush 


I have already given Sanskrit proverbs on Truth in an article.

Please read my earlier posts.


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