Four Gates of Speech

The Four Gates of Speech:
An old Sufi tradition advises us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through four gates.

At the first gate, we ask ourselves, "Are these words true?" If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go.

At the second gate we ask; "Are they necessary?"

At the third gate we ask; "Are they beneficial?" and at the fourth gate, we ask, "Are they kind?"

If the answer to any of these is no, then what you are about to say should be left unsaid.

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  • Thanks Noctua. That's a nice blog,  Sander ~ some lovely pictures.

    Here's an interesting consideration about silence that I got yesterday...

     

    WISE PEOPLE ARE SILENT TOWARD THE FOOLISH IN ORDER TO WITHDRAW FROM THEM, NOT TO IMPRESS THEM WITH SOME SORT OF ATTRACTIVE MYSTERIOUSNESS.  SHOWING OFF OF STRONG SILENCE IS INWARDLY WEAK AND NOISY.  IF THE FOOLISH KNOW YOU ARE WITHDRAWING, YOU ARE STILL STUCK WITH THEM AND HOPING FOR SOMETHING FROM THEM. ~ Absolute Oracle

  •  If the people would take this saying to their hearts , there would be a great silence in this world.

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Only LOVE is infinite. ~Rumi♥

14th century Persian Sufi mystic, poet - Hafiz