SPEECH PROVERBS: Tongue talks at Head’s cost! (Post No. 2477)




Date: 10 January 2016


Post No. 2477


Time uploaded in London :– 15-40


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Let him say what is true, let him say what is pleasing, let him utter no disagreeable truth.

Let him utter no agreeable falsehood. This is the Santana Dharma, the Eternal Law – Manu smrti


The ancients were guarded in their speech, and like them we should avoid loquacity. Many words invite many defeats. Avoid also engaging in many businesses, for many businesses create many difficulties.

–Inscription on statue in the ancestral temple of Lo


When you find a person worthy to talk to and fail to talk to him, you have missed your man.

When you find a man unworthy to talk to and you talk to him, you have missed (wasted) your words. A wise man neither misses his man nor misses his words.

–Confucius, China



All meanings, ideas, intentions, desires, emotions, items of knowledge are embodied in speech, are rooted in it and branch out of it. He who misappropriates, misapplies, and mismanages speech, mismanages everything.

–Manu smriti


If one answers harshly, for instance a father or a mother, or a brother, or a sister, or a teacher, or a Brahmin, people say to him: ‘Shame on you! Verily you are a slayer of your father! Verily you are a slayer of your mother! Verily you are a slayer of your brother! Verily you are a slayer of your sister! Verily you are a slayer of your teacher! Verily you are a slayer of a Brahmin!

–Chandogya Upanishad.


Darts, barbed arrows, iron-headed spears,

However deep they penetrate the flesh

May be extracted, but a cutting speech,

That pierces, like a javelin, to the heart,

None can remove; it lies and rankles you.




A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.

–Chuang Tzu


Compiled by London swaminathan; posted by tamilandvedas.com and swamiindology.blogspot.com



1.Birds are entangled by their feet, and men by their tongues.

2.He that strikes with his tongue, must ward with his head.

3.The tongue talks at the head’s cost.

4.The ass that brays most eats least.

5.A bleating sheep loses her bit.

6.Many words, many buffets.

7.Much babbling is not without offence.

8.He who says what he likes shall hear what he does not like.

9.A man may say too much, even upon the best subjects.

10.When all men speak, no man hears.



11.Let not thy tongue run away with thy brains.

12.Let not your tongue run at rover (At rover means unrestrained)

13.Little can a long tongue lein (conceal).

14.Talk much and err much.

15.Better the foot slip than the tongue.

16.Words have wings, and cannot be recalled

17.A word and a stone let go cannot be called back.

18.While the word is in your mouth, it is your own; when its once spoken it is another’s.

19.Words bind men.

20.The lame tongue gets nothing.

21.Dumb men get no lands.




Four Interesting Speech Anecdotes! (Post No. 2449)

Written by London swaminathan


Date: 1 January 2016


Post No. 2449


Time uploaded in London :–  17-25


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Lower Animals!

Henry Ward Beecher was once in the midst of an address. A drunken spectator interrupted him by crowing like a rooster. Beecher was imperturbable; looking at his watch he said, “What! Morning already? I would never have believed it, but the instinct of the lower animals are infallible.”



Still raining! You may speak!!


Dr MacNamara on one occasion, while speaking in a marquee at Bridlington, during a torrential rain, said to the audience, “I am afraid I have kept you too long”.

“Go on, sir, It is still raining,” a voice in the rear replied.




Blowing Whale!

General Sam Carey, the great Ohio orator, was finishing up an exceptionally fiery oration: “You cannot keep me down”, he shouted, “Though I may be pressed below the waves I rise again; you will find that I come to the surface, gentlemen.”

An old whaler, who happened to be in the audience, said, and not too quietly, “Yes, you come to the surface to blow.”



I said nothing important!

On one occasion, when George III came out of the House of Lords after opening the session of Parliament, he addressed Lord Eldon thus: “Lord Chancellor, did I deliver the speech well?”

“Very well indeed, sir”, was the enthusiastic answer.

“I am glad of that”, replied the king, “For there was nothing in it.”




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Post No.2280

Date: 28 October 2015

Time uploaded in London: 10-57 AM

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Millions of Vivekanandas will appear!

Swami Vivekananda never thought himself as Great. But he is one of the very few Avatars who saw His fame spread far and wide.


He speaks about himself thus:


Do you think that there will be no more Vivekanandas after I die!… There will be no lack of Vivekanadas, if the world needs them – thousands and millions of Vivekanandas will appear – from where, who knows! Know for certain that the work done by me is not the work of Vivekananda, it is His work – the Lord’s own work! If one governor-general retires, another is sure to be sent in his place by the Emperor. (CW 5.357-358)



I believe in GOD, and I believe in man. I believe in helping the miserable. I believe in going even to hell to save others. (CW 5.357-358)

Of course I would commit a crime and go to hell forever if by that I could really help a human being! (W 5.357-358)

I may have to be born again because I have fallen in love with man. (CW 5.357-358)


I do not believe in a God or religion which cannot wipe the widow’s tear or bring a piece of bread to the orphan’s mouth. (CW 5.357-358)

I have nothing whatever to do with ritual or dogma, my mission is to show that religion is everything and in everything. (CW 5.357-358)



Chicago Success – How?          

In my first speech in this country, in Chicago, I addressed that audience as “Sisters and Brothers of America”, and you know that they all rose to their feet. You may wonder what made them do this, you may wonder if I had some strange power. Let me tell you that I did have a power and this is it – never once in my life did I allow myself to have even one sexual thought. I trained my mind, my thinking, and the powers that man usually uses along that line I put into a higher channel, and it developed a force so strong that nothing could resist it. (CW 9-408)

A Power from this Body!


During the lectures a power used to emanate from this body and would infuse the audience. (CW 8-499)

Note: CW – Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (So far nine volumes have been published by Ramakrishna Mutt)


Lord Shri Rama – The World’s Best PR Man!

By S Swaminathan

Lord Shri Rama

Valmiki praised the way Sri Rama spoke to people. The way Valmiki described him showed Sri Rama was the best PR Man. The best company would have hired him as a Public Relations Officer with the highest pay. Why? He was Srutha Bhashi, Hitha Bhashi, Mitha Bhashi and Purva Bhashi according the Adi Kavi Valmiki.

  • Srutha Bhashi: Rama always spoke truth
  • Hitha Bhashi: He spoke whatever was pleasant to hear.
  • Mitha Bhashi: He spoke very little.
  • Purva Bhashi: He did not wait for others to open a dialogue. He opened the conversation.

Let us analyse it for a minute. Many a times we speak the truth and get caught in a trap. Why? Though we spoke truth, it was bitter. One example is a wife’s cooking. Under the pressures of work and modern living a man may shout at her saying that she put too much salt in the dishes. It may be true – but the way we spoke was wrong.

If we were Rama we would have passed the message in the gentlest way with the kindest words.  Rama would probably have said “Darling, your cooking is usually wonderful. What happened to you today? Aren’t you feeling well? The food you prepared was a bit salty today which is unusual.” Speaking truth is good but it should not harm or upset any one. That is why Valmiki called him a Srutha Bhashi and Hitha Bhashi.

When people attend weddings or birthday parties they often wait for others to come and talk to them. Their arrogance and ego stop them going up to others, who they consider their rivals, to enquire about their welfare. They pretend to look at other people and wait for their ‘rivals’ to approach them. When they go home they boast to their friends that they snubbed those arrogant rivals. The other people would probably have told their friends the same thing. But look at Rama. He was the son of a great emperor and crown prince of a kingdom. He went up to people and voluntarily spoke to them and enquired about their welfare. He was called a Purva Bhashi.

Mitha Bhashi: Many people suffer from verbal diarrhoea. They can never stop blabbering. We meet them with their mobile phones on 24/7 – on the bus, in the office and of course, at our political meetings! Rama spoke only very little, but made everyone happy. When he met a hunter Guhan he declared him as the fifth brother. When Ravana lost all his weapons in the final phase of the war he told him: “Go home today. Come back tomorrow” and gave him a last chance for survival. These words were meaningful and powerful.  (Guhan and Ravana references are from a version of the Ramayana written by Kamban in Tamil).

If you were running a business today, wouldn’t you hire Rama as your PRO with the highest pay?

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