Empty Gossip & Void
Babble Infects & Spoil any Social Sphere!
Savatthi the Blessed
Buddha said this:
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting for oneself?
Here, householder friends, any Noble Disciple reflects thus: If someone were to
to address me with gossip, idle chatter, empty babble, hearsay, and void
that would neither be pleasing, nor agreeable to me. Similarly, if I were to
another with gossip, idle chatter, empty babble, hearsay, and void prattle,
would neither be pleasing, nor agreeable, nor acceptable to that other being either!
What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is also displeasing and
to any other being too. How can I disturb & bore another being with what provoke
annoy and exasperate myself? Having reflected repeatedly thus, then gradually:
1: He/she will carefully avoid all gossip, idle chatter, empty babble, & void
2: He/she will persuade others also to avoid all pointless good-for-nothing speech...
3: He/she will praise speaking well formulated reasoned facts worth remembering...
In this very way, is this advantageous verbal behaviour purified in
should never defile other beings by polluting them with empty speech!
More on not polluting the social soup with foolish words:
And on Right Speech (Sammā Vācā):
Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta
section 55: Sotāpattisamyutta.
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