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African Traditional Religions

1. A WITNESS SPEAKS THE TRUTH; a witness is not a partisan.

~ Proverbs of the Yoruba-speaking peoples

Afro Athlican Constructive Church

2. Be thou punctual, honest and truthful that ye GAIN FAVOR IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, YOUR GOD, and that your pathway be prosperous.
~ The Holy Piby

The Bahá’i Faith

3. Adorn your heads with the garlands of trustworthiness and fidelity, your hearts with the attire of the fear of God, your tongues with absolute truthfulness, your bodies with the vesture of courtesy. These are in truth seemly adornings unto the temple of man, if ye be of them that reflect.

~ Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Page120

4. Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and ADORN YOUR SOULS WITH THE ORNAMENT OF HONESTY.

~ Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Page 346

5. Make not light of any matter, but SPEAK IN TRUTHFULNESS AND SINCERITY.
~ Texts from the Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Page 85

6. In every country where any of this people reside, they must behave towards the government of that country with loyalty, honesty and truthfulness.
~ The Declaration in the Ridván Garden, Page 9

7. The fruits that best befit the tree of human life are trustworthiness and godliness, truthfulness and sincerity

~ Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Page139

8. Serve ye for the promotion of peace and concord and establish in this transitory world the foundation of friendship, fidelity, reconciliation and truthfulness.

~ Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas, Page 43

9. Entrance into the Kingdom is through the love of God, through detachment, through holiness and chastity, through truthfulness, purity, steadfastness, faithfulness and the sacrifice of life.

~ Some Answered Questions, Abdul-Baha, Page 242

10. WE SHOULD AT ALL TIMES MANIFEST OUR TRUTHFULNESS AND SINCERITY, nay rather, we must be constant in our faithfulness and trustworthiness, and occupy ourselves in offering prayers for the good of all.

~ Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Page 294



11. We should not tell lies and cheat for our own selfishness or to harm others. Temporarily we may cheat others and get our work done by lying, but the truth cannot be hidden for long, and in the end we lose respect, confidence, trust and credibility.

~ Principles of Bishnoism, Principle 14

12. Some people tell lies to hide their weaknesses and wrongdoings and they try to prove their smartness and cleverness, but actually this is a weakness.

~ Principles of Bishnoism, Principle 14


~ Principles of Bishnoism, Principle 14

14. To hide one lie we tell many lies and try to manipulate and thus we waste our time, energy, and peace of mind and have guilt developed in our mind. On the other hand, IF WE ARE HONEST AND TELL THE TRUTH, THEN WE WIN THE CONFIDENCE OF OTHERS AND SLEEP PEACEFULLY AT NIGHT.

~ Principles of Bishnoism, Principle 14

15. We should be truthful in our relations and dealings. Great people always follow truth. BECAUSE OF TRUTHFULNESS, THE WORLD’S CORRECT AND EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION IS POSSIBLE.

~ Principles of Bishnoism, Principle 14

16. Lying is considered crime and sin in all civilizations, religions and faiths. Guru ji said, “Sacha su sant bhayo” – TRUE PEOPLE BECOMES SAINTS and I like people who are truthful.

~ Principles of Bishnoism, Principle 14



17. He who seeks to promote his welfare,

Having glimpsed the state of perfect peace,
Should be able, honest and upright,
Gentle in speech, meek and not proud.
~ Tipitaka, Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Hymn of Universal Love

18. TRUTH IS THE HIGHEST OF SAVORS. Living with discernment, one's life is called best.

~ Tipitaka, Alavaka Sutta


~ Tipitaka, Alavaka Sutta

20. Endowed with these four qualities – truth, self-control, stamina, relinquishment – a householder of conviction, on passing away, doesn't grieve.

~ Tipitaka, Alavaka Sutta

21. One should not be negligent of discernment, should guard the truth, be devoted to relinquishment, and train only for calm.

~ Tipitaka, Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta

22. All arahants, for as long as life lasts, have given up the telling of lies. THEY UTTER ONLY THE TRUTH AND ARE INTENT ON THE TRUTH. Their speech is firm and is composed of reason. Their speech does not waver from that which is a mainstay for the world.

Arahants mean saints or worthy ones.
~ Tipitaka, Uposatha Sutta

23. The truth of the Truth-speaker's words doesn't change.

~ Tipitaka, Ambapali

24. Truth, indeed, is deathless speech: This is an ancient principle. THE GOAL AND THE DHAMMA – SO STAY THE CALM – ARE FIRMLY ESTABLISHED ON TRUTH.

Dhamma means true teaching.
~ Tipitaka, Subhasita Sutta

25. One in whom there is truthfulness, virtue, inoffensiveness, restraint and self-mastery, who is free from defilements and is wise – he is truly called an Elder.

~ Tipitaka, Dhammatthavagga: The Just, 261

26. Not by mere eloquence nor by beauty of form does a man become accomplished, if he is jealous, selfish and deceitful.

~ Tipitaka, Dhammatthavagga: The Just, 262

27. Not by matted hair, nor by lineage, nor by birth does one become a holy man. But he in whom truth and righteousness exist – HE IS PURE, HE IS A HOLY MAN.

~ Tipitaka, Brahmanavagga: The Holy Man, 393

28. He who utters gentle, instructive and truthful words, who imprecates none — him do I call a holy man.

~ Tipitaka, Brahmanavagga: The Holy Man, 408

29. Abandoning false speech, he abstains from false speech. He speaks the truth, holds to the truth, is firm, reliable, no deceiver of the world.

~ Tipitaka, Cunda Kammaraputta Sutta

30. By faith and moral purity, by effort and meditation, by investigation of the truth, by being rich in knowledge and virtue, and by being mindful, destroy this unlimited suffering.

~ Tipitaka, Dandavagga, 144

31. Be truthful, not insolent, not deceptive, rid of divisiveness.

~ Tipitaka, Attadanda Sutta

32. Not deviating from truth, a sage stands on high ground: a brahman.

A brahman is a member of the priestly caste.
~ Tipitaka, Attadanda Sutta


Cao Đài

33. USE HONESTY TO TREAT OTHERS in our worldly life and spiritual life in everything we do.

~ Collection of Saintly Teachings, Book 2, Lesson 42
Mỗi việc lấy lòng thành-thật mà đối-đãi trong đời và trong đạo
Tôn giáo: Cao Đài // Sách: Thánh Ngôn Hiệp Tuyển - quyển 2 // Bài: 42


Be truthful in your speech.
Scorn not others with words of deceit
Harm not kind people with dishonesty.
~ Heavenly Way and Worldly Way Script-xure, Page 134
Gìn lòng ngay thẳng thật thà
Nói năng minh chánh lời ra phải nhìn.
Chớ quyệt ngữ mà khinh kẻ dại
Đừng gian mưu hãm hại người hiền
Tôn giáo: Cao Đài // Sách: Kinh Thiên Đạo Thế Đạo // Trang: 134



35. There were four things which the Master taught: letters, ethics, devotion of soul, and truthfulness.

~ Confucian Analects, Book 7


~ Confucian Analects, Book 15

37. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all, and cultivate the friendship of the good.

~ Confucian Analects, Book 1

38. He (the superior man) exerts an honest, generous earnestness, in the esteem and practice of all propriety.

~ Doctrine of the Mean, Part 3, 102



39. A TRUTHFUL WITNESS SAVES LIVES, but a false witness is deceitful.

~ Holy Bible, Proverbs 14:25

40. Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?

Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman…
~ Holy Bible, Psalm 15:3

41. In your majesty ride forth victoriously
in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;
let your right hand display awesome deeds.
~ Holy Bible, Psalm 45:4

42. Teach me your way, O Lord,

and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
~ Holy Bible, Psalm 86:11

43. Keep me from deceitful ways;

be gracious to me through your law.
I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on your laws.
~ Holy Bible, Psalm 119:30-31


but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
~ Holy Bible, Proverbs 12:19

45. The Lord detests lying lips,

~ Holy Bible, Proverbs 12:22

46. Kings take pleasure in honest lips; THEY VALUE A MAN WHO SPEAKS THE TRUTH.
~ Holy Bible, Proverbs 16:13

47. Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.

~ Holy Bible, Proverbs 23:23

48. These are the things you are to do: SPEAK THE TRUTH TO EACH OTHER, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely.
~ Holy Bible, Zechariah 8:16-17

49. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But WHOEVER LIVES BY THE TRUTH COMES INTO THE LIGHT, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
~ Holy Bible, John 3:20-21

50. God is spirit, and his worshipers must WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.
~ Holy Bible, John 4:24

51. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
~ Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:6

52. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
~ Holy Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:2

53. Therefore each of you must PUT OFF FALSEHOOD AND SPEAK TRUTHFULLY TO HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are all members of one body.
~ Holy Bible, Ephesians 4:25

54. Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

~ Holy Bible, 1 John 3:18-20

The Essenes

55. Speak the truth, be just, be merciful to one another, and to all creatures that live and walk humbly with your God.
~ The Gospel of the Holy Twelve

56. Truly, all must be born again by air and by truth, for your body breathes the air of the Earthly Mother, and YOUR SPIRIT BREATHES THE TRUTH OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER.

~ The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 1

57. Blessed is the Child of Light Who doth study the Book of the Law,
For he shall be as a candle  In the dark of night, And an island of truth In a sea of falsehood.
~ The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 2, The Sevenfold Peace

58. Mercy and truth shall be met together, Righteousness and peace shall kiss each other,Truth shall spring out of the earth, And glory shall dwell in our land.

~ The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 3, The Angel of Earth

59. And TRUTHFULNESS IN THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED Will place the soul of the faithful man in the endless light of eternal life.

~ The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 3, The Angel of Eternal Life

60. The Law was planted in the Garden of the Brotherhood,
That they might recognize The spirits of truth and falsehood,
Truth born out of the spring of Light,
Falsehood from the well of darkness.
The dominion of all the Children of Truth
Is in the hands of the mighty angels of Light,
So that they walk in the ways of Light.
~ The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 3, The Brotherhood

61. Blessings on the Children of Light
Who have cast their lot with the Law,
~ The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 3, The Brotherhood


62. Everyone who seeks the truth from true wisdom will make himself wings so as to fly, fleeing the lust that scorches the spirits of men.

~ The Nag Hammadi Library, The Book of Thomas the Contender


~ The Nag Hammadi Library, The Dialogue of the Savior


~ The Nag Hammadi Library, The Dialogue of the Savior

65. This world is a corpse-eater. All the things eaten in it themselves die also. Truth is a life-eater. Therefore NO ONE NOURISHED BY TRUTH WILL DIE.

~ The Nag Hammadi Library, The Gospel of Philip

66. Love the truth, and the lie use like poison.

~ The Nag Hammadi Library, The Sentences of Sextus

67. It is better for you to be defeated while speaking the truth, than to be victorious through deceit.

~ The Nag Hammadi Library, The Sentences of Sextus

68. There is no kinsman of the truth except wisdom.

~ The Nag Hammadi Library, The Sentences of Sextus

69. Let not light be conquered by darkness, nor let truth flee from falsehood.

~ The Odes of Solomon

70. Love truth, and LET NOTHING BUT TRUTH PROCEED OUT OF THY MOUTH, that the Spirit which God made to dwell in this flesh, may be found true in the sight of all men; and thus shall the Lord, Who dwelleth in thee, be glorified; for the Lord is true in every word, and with Him there is no falsehood.

~ The Shepherd of Hermas

71. It behooved thee as a servant of God to walk in truth, and no complicity with evil should abide with the Spirit of truth, nor bring grief to the Spirit which is holy and true.

~ The Shepherd of Hermas

72. If thou keep these things, and from henceforward speak nothing but truth, THOU SHALT BE ABLE TO SECURE LIFE FOR THYSELF. And whosoever shall hear this command, and abstain from falsehood, that most pernicious habit, SHALL LIVE UNTO GOD."

~ The Shepherd of Hermas



73. By truthfulness, indeed, by penance, right knowledge, and abstinence must that Self be gained; the Self whom spotless anchorites gain is pure, and like a light within the body.

~ The Upanishads, Part 2, Mundaka Upanishad

74. And he whose lips are truthful here

As from a serpent's deadly tooth,
We shrink from him who scorns the truth.
For holy truth is root and spring
Of justice and each holy thing,
A might that every power transcends,
Linked to high bliss that never ends.
~ Ramayana, Book 2, Canto CIX: The Praises of Truth

75. Truth is all virtue's surest base, SUPREME IN WORTH AND FIRST IN PLACE.

~ Ramayana, Book 2, Canto CIX: The Praises of Truth

76. Truth, ONLY TRUTH PROTECTS THE LAND, By truth unharmed our houses stand; Neglect of truth makes men distressed, AND TRUTH IN HIGHEST HEAVEN IS BLESSED.

~ Ramayana, Book 2, Canto CIX: The Praises of Truth

77. I also reside forever with persons that are firmly attached to virtue, that are endued with great intelligence, that are devoted to Brahma, that are truthful in speech, that are possessed of humility, and that are liberal.
~ The Mahabharata, Book 12, Section 228

78. Abstention from injury, truthfulness of speech, compassion towards all beings, tranquility of soul, and the making of gifts to the best of one's power, are the foremost duties of the householder.

~ The Mahabharata, Book 13, Section 141

79. Faithful to the wise and learned, truthful in his deed and word, Rama dearly loved his people and his people loved their lord!

~ The Ramayana and Mahabharata, Book 2

80. SPEAK THE TRUTH. Practice righteousness.

~ Taittiriya Upanishad, Chapter I, 11:1

81. There should be no inadvertence about truth. There should be no deviation from righteous activity.

~ Taittiriya Upanishad, Chapter I, 11:1

82.Truthfulness is excellent. What is excellent is truthfulness only. BY TRUTHFULNESS THOSE WHO HAVE ATTAINED TO THE STATE OF BLISSFULNESS NEVER FALL FROM THERE. What belongs to sat, namely good people, that is indeed satyam (truthfulness). For this reason seekers of the highest good find delight in truthfulness.

~ Maha Narayana Upanishad, 78:1

83. He is free from guile, and truthful in speech. For this HE IS WORSHIPPED WITH RESPECT EVERYWHERE.

~ The Mahabharata, Book 12, Section 230

84. When one is firmly established in speaking truth, the fruits of action become subservient to him.

~ The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.36


~ The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.37

Hòa Hảo Buddhism


~ The Complete Book of Prophecy to Expound Poetry and Literature, About the Three Karmas
Phải giữ cho lời nói mình được thành thật chánh đáng
Tôn giáo: Hòa Hảo // Sách: Sấm Giảng Thi Văn Toàn Bộ // Bài: Luận Về Tam Nghiệp

International Society of Krishna Consciousness

87. By curbing dishonest miscreants, one automatically benefits the offenseless.

~ Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Canto 1, Chapter 17, Text 14

88. One should practice nonviolence and truthfulness, should avoid thieving and be satisfied with possessing as much as he needs for his maintenance.
~ Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 28, Text 4

89. THERE IS NOTHING MORE SINFUL THAN UNTRUTHFULNESS. Because of this, mother earth once said, "I can bear any heavy thing except a person who is a liar."

~ Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Canto 8, Chapter 20, Text 4

90. Indeed, unless one is completely truthful, one cannot achieve Your favor, which therefore cannot be achieved by hypocrites.

~ Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Canto 10, Text 26

91. When brahmanas are free from envy, untruthfulness, unnecessary pride, grudges, disturbance by the opulence of others, and false prestige, THEIR BLESSINGS NEVER GO IN VAIN.

Brahmanas are members of the Hindu priest caste.

~ Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Canto 10, Texts 13-15



92. Those who say: Our Lord! surely we believe, therefore forgive us our faults and save us from the chastisement of the fire. The patient, and the truthful, and the obedient, and those who spend (benevolently) and those who ask forgiveness in the morning times.
~ Holy Qur’an, Chapter 3:16-17

93. Allah will say: This is the day when their truth shall benefit the truthful ones; THEY SHALL HAVE GARDENS BENEATH WHICH RIVERS FLOW TO ABIDE IN THEM FOREVER: Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Allah; this is the mighty achievement.
~ Holy Qur’an, Chapter 5:119

94. We made a contract with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, to hear and obey in ease and hardship, enthusiasm and reluctance, and not to dispute with people in authority and to speak or establish the truth wherever we were without worrying about criticism.
~ Hadith, Malik’s Muwatta: Book 21, Number 21.1.5

95. GOD WILL SURELY KNOW THOSE WHO ARE TRUTHFUL, and He will surely know the liars.

~ Holy Qur’an, Chapter 29

96. The Prophet said, "The honest treasurer who gives willingly what he is ordered to give, is one of the two charitable persons, (the second being the owner)."
~ Hadith, Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 36, Number 461

97. When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday).
~ Hadith, Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 3, Number 56


98. Thus understanding (and renouncing) acts, a man who recognizes the truth, delights in nothing else; and HE WHO DELIGHTS ONLY IN THE TRUTH, RECOGNIZES NOTHING ELSE.
~ Jaina Sutras, I:2:6

99. Leaving the world to avert the current of sin, such a great man, free from acts, knows and sees the truth; examining (pleasures) he does not desire them.
~ Jaina Sutras, I:5:6

100. This is the truth: speaking truth, free from passion, crossing the samsâra, abating irresoluteness, knowing all truth and not being known, leaving this frail body, overcoming all sorts of pains and troubles through trust in this religion, he ACCOMPLISHES THIS FEARFUL RELIGIOUS DEATH.

Samsara means migration and transmigration.

~ Jaina Sutras, I:7:6, Page 72

101. He who lives a pure life and knows and sees the pure truth is adorable as a possessionless and self-controlled pratima. 

Pratima means stages of spiritual progress.

~ Ashta Pahuda, IV:11

102. Mercy to living beings, subjugation of the senses, truth, honesty, chastity, contentment, right faith, knowledge and austerity constitute the family of virtue.
~ Ashta Pahuda, VIII:19


103. For all fool and evil are dark, and all wise and truthful are brilliant. This is why the sons of lightwill go to the light to everlasting happiness and to rejoicing…

~ The Dead Sea Scrolls

104. These are the things that ye shall do: SPEAK YE EVERY MAN THE TRUTH WITH HIS NEIGHBOR; carry out the judgment of truth and peace in your gates; and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath; for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.

~ Holy Neviim, Zechariah 8:16-17

105. The Lord, who shall sojourn in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell upon Thy holy mountain?

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and SPEAKETH TRUTH IN HIS HEART; That hath no slander upon his tongue, nor doeth evil to his fellow, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor…
~ Holy Ketuvim, Psalms 15:1-3

106. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I hope in Thine ordinances;

So shall I observe Thy law continually forever and ever;
And I will walk at ease, for I have sought Thy precepts;
I will also speak of Thy testimonies before kings, and will not be ashamed.
~ Holy Ketuvim, Psalms 119:43-46

107. And in thy majesty prosper, ride on, in behalf of truth and meekness and righteousness; and let thy right hand teach thee tremendous things.

~ Holy Ketuvim, Psalms 45:4

108. THE LIP OF TRUTH SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOREVER; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
~ Holy Ketuvim, Proverbs 12:19

109. Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord; but they that deal truly are His delight.

~ Holy Ketuvim, Proverbs 12:22


~ Holy Ketuvim, Proverbs 12:17

111. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

~ Holy Ketuvim, Proverbs 23:23


Native American Spirituality

112. Brothers – if all the red people follow the advice of your friend and teacher, the Handsome Lake, and in future will be sober, honest, industrious and good, there can be no doubt but THE GREAT SPIRIT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU AND MAKE YOU HAPPY.

~The Code of Handsome Lake, the Seneca Prophet, Handsome Lake, Page 10



113. For truth is essentially coexistent with the gods as light is coexistent with the Sun.

~ Iamblichus: Theurgia or On the Mysteries of Egypt, Chapter 6


Sangha of Bhikkhu Buddhist Association


Deceitful people are scorned by many.
~ Book of Truth, Page 254
Người chơn thật ai cũng kính yêu.
Kẻ vọng giả nhiều người khinh bỉ.
Tôn giáo: Khất Sĩ  // Sách: Chơn Lý // Trang: 254




~ Nihon sandai jitsuroku, Book 27

116. The institution and system of a nation cannot be established until the regulations and decrees are established. The regulations and decrees cannot be implemented until trustworthiness and truthfulness are achieved.

~ Nihon sandai jitsuroku, Book 16

117. TRUSTWORTHINESS IS THE FOUNDATION OF RIGHT. In everything let there be trustworthiness, for in this there surely consists the good and the bad, success and failure. If the lord and the vassal trust one another, what is there which cannot be accomplished?  If the lord and the vassal do not trust one another, everything without exception ends in failure.

~ Nihongi, Book 22, Chapter 5 – Prince Shotoku's Seventeen-Article Constitution


118. Serve the lord with loyalty and truthfulness; guide your behavior with benevolence and righteousness.

~ Fuji Kaden

119. If one is honest and just in mind, HE WILL BE BLESSED BY GODS.

~ Dai Nihonshi, Book 76

120. If the king and the ministers are not truthful to each other, the government will be chaotic; if the father and the sons are not truthful to each other, the family will be inharmonious.

~ Dai Nihonshi, Book 76



121. One whose mind is contented with Truthfulness, is BLESSED WITH THE LORD’S GLANCE OF GRACE.

~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 19

122. Abstinence, truthfulness and self-discipline are obtained, and the body is purified; the Lord, Har, Har, comes to dwell within the mind. Such a person REMAINS BLISSFUL FOREVER, DAY AND NIGHT.

~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 31

123. O Nanak, those who are attuned to the Naam are dyed in the color of truth; they take on the intuitive peace and poise of the Guru. Naam means the Name of the Lord.

~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 85

124. O Nanak, from false talk, only falsehood is obtained.
~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 141

125. By mere talk, people do not earn passage to Heaven. SALVATION COMES ONLY FROM THE PRACTICE OF TRUTH.

~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 141

126. What good is social class and status? TRUTHFULNESS IS MEASURED WITHIN.

~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 142

127. Purity, contentment, compassion, faith and truthfulness – I have ushered these into the home of my self.

~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 379

128. One who makes Truthfulness his fast and religious vows, DOES NOT SUFFER THE PAIN OF DEATH.

~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 411

129. Tell me, how can I reach that unreachable city? By practicing truthfulness and self-restraint, by contemplating His Glorious Virtues, and living the Word of the Guru's Shabad.

Shabad means Essence of God or Sound.
~ Holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Page 436


130. You are granted peace and pri­vacy as God draws down the veil before the eyes of others, so your acts may be honest, truthful and done wholly for God.

~ Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 13

131. Truly, the Sword of the Faith is one who defends the way, dedicates their efforts wholly to God, who reveals rightness from error and distinguishes truth from falsehood. But first they correct themselves and improve their own character: “Begin with yourself,” said the Prophet.

~ Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 45

132. THOSE WHO ACKNOWLEDGE TRUTH SEE THEMSELVES IN THE PROPHET, hear their own voice proceeding from him, and smell their own scent in his presence. No one denies the reality of their own self.
~ Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 61

133. The seeker of truth is a mirror for their neighbors. But those who cannot feel the sting of truth are not mirrors to anyone but themselves.

~ Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 6

134. Take counsel from your heart, even though others may disagree. The truth is within you. Compare it with what others say. When they agree, then follow that course.

~ Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 11

135. That hypocrite in prayers and fasts Displays exceeding diligence, That men may think him drunk with love of God; But if you look into the truth, he is drowned in hypocrisy.

~ Masnavi i Ma’navi, Book One, Page 58

136. Little is known by anyone but the spiritual man,Who has in his heart a touchstone of vital truth.

~ Masnavi i Ma’navi, Book Three, Page 190



137. The seeds of charity can never be implanted in ground where falsities reign, but only where truths reign.

~ Arcana Coelestia

138. IT IS ONLY IN THE GOOD AND THE TRUE THAT THERE IS LIFE, and none in the evil and the false.
~ Arcana Coelestia

139. That a "perfect man" is one who is true from good, or who speaks and does truth from charity.

~ Arcana Coelestia


~ Arcana Coelestia

141. That goods and truths are the genuine foods of man must be evident to everyone, for he who is destitute of them has no life, but is dead.

~ Arcana Coelestia

142. When the motive is deceit, then whatever is good and honest and fair is actually evil and dishonest and unfair.
~ Heaven and Hell



143. In all intercourse between states, if they are near to each other, there should be mutual friendliness, verified by deeds; if they are far apart, there must be sincere adherence to truth in their messages.

~ Chuang Tzu, Inner Chapters

144. If you earnestly cultivated your own person, and carefully guarded your proper truth, simply rendering to others what was due to them, then you would have escaped such entanglements.
~ Chuang Tzu, Outer Chapters

145. They were upright and correct, without knowing that to be so was Righteousness; they loved one another, without knowing that to do so was Benevolence; they were honest and true-hearted, without knowing that it was Loyalty; they fulfilled their engagements, without knowing that to do so was Good Faith; in their simple movements they employed the services of one another, without thinking that they were conferring or receiving any gift.

~ Chuang Tzu, Book 12


Tibetan Buddhism

146. In the Pali canon ten Paramitas are mentioned: Charity, Morality, Renunciation, Wisdom, Energy (or Industry), Tolerance, Truthfulness, Good-Will, Love, and Equanimity.

~ Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, XXVI


147. May Sraosha (Obedience) conquer disobedience within this house, and may peace triumph over discord here, and generous giving over avarice, reverence over contempt, speech with truthful words over lying utterance. May the Righteous Order gain the victory over the Demon of the Lie.
~ Holy Zend Avesta, Yasna 60

148. The INSTRUMENTS OF SALVATION FROM HELL consist of liberality, truthfulness, thanksgiving to God, and of attending to the essential purity of the soul.
~ Denkard, Book Five, Chapter 11

149. He whose conscience is the pointer out to him of the higher path and whom reason governs is the man who has found Ohrmazd's wish; but he, who abstains from obtaining knowledge regarding means for himself and is without the desire to preserve himself in truthfulness and is not an approver of reason that counsels contentment, is self-willed, of a perverse conscience, and pertains to selfish things.

Ohrmazd means God.

~ Denkard, Book 3, Chapter 39

150. Be it known that, if Vohuman live as a guest in the heart of any man, and Ohrmazd be the ruler over his will, then, his house (i.e., body) is peaceful; his thoughts possess the truthfulness of the Invisible Abode; his speech is conformable to reason; and, his deeds, are calculated to abstain from sin and to move forward in righteousness.

Vohuman means Good Mind or Good Thinking.
Ohrmazd means God.

~ Denkard, Book 3, Chapter 33

151. Be it known that, the characteristics of the true knowledge (acquired from the revelation) are as follows: Peacefulness, truthful speech, cheerful humor, sincere amity, and liberality.

~ Denkard, Book 3, Chapter 249

152. Be it known that, goodness is a moral habit, and the ideas appertaining to it comprise wisdom, truth, and other qualities of light, (viz.) good intellect, piety, fresh existence (i.e. meritoriousness or immortal fame), strength of righteous habits, and virtues of like kinds. Evil is an unmoral habit, and the ideas appertaining thereto comprise evil intelligence, falsehood, deceit, and other vices of darkness, (viz.) filthiness, pollution, perverse life, sinfulness, depravity and vicious habits of like nature.

~ Denkard, Book 3, Chapter 271

153. The prosperous wealthy man is one whose thoughts are those of a servant of God, who conducts himself in all actions as such (servant), who is charitable to those in distress, who tells the truth despite temptations to the contrary, and who is in his good times grateful unto God.

~ Denkard, Book 3, Chapter 404

154. Be it known that the Judge of the other world inquires into the reason why a man should be saved from hell and not damned; with his penetrating lustrous eyes (or spiritual instinct) he sees this, as well as knows the man who cares for his soul, and who possesses the evil desire of Ahriman, who is thievishly inclined, who speaks the truth and who is a liar.

~ Denkard, Book 3, Chapter 302

155. Be it known that REGULAR MORALITY IS THROUGH TRUTH. Those who are lovers of truth are doubtless the GREAT HELPERS OF MANKIND, have foresight and are obedient to the omniscient Lord.
~ Denkard, Book 3, Chapter 304


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