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What is this imperative Right Speech?

The Noble Eightfold Way, leading to Nibbāna, is simply this:
Right View, Right Motivation, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood,
Right Effort, Right Awareness and Right Concentration
But what is Right Speech ?

          The 4-fold Definition of Right Speech is:
          1: Avoiding all lying, pretending, and any false speech...
          2: Abstaining from any kind of divisive, or splitting talk...
          3: Refraining from all aggressive, or irritated scolding...
          4: Stilling of any idle, and empty gossiping...
          That is Right Speech!

The Characterization of Noble Speech:
Eliminating all false speech any Noble Friend dwells avoiding all lies,
a truth-speaker, one to be relied on, trustworthy, loyal, not a deceiver
of the world. Abstaining from malicious speech, he does not tell them there,
what he has heard about those here, or repeat here, what he heard there,
harming those there. Thus is he a reconciling
diplomat stilling all quarrels.
The Noble Friend is rejoicing in peace, loving it, delighting in it, one who
defends peace. Abandoning all harsh, and aggressive speech he refrains
from it. He speaks whatever is blameless and pleasing to the ear, agreeable,
touching the heart, elegant, gratifying, and appealing to the many.
Discarding idle and empty chatter, he speaks at the right time and only about
what is correct, advantageous, and to the point: of Dhamma and on self-control.
He is a speaker, whose words are to be treasured and remembered, timely,
reasoned, well-defined, well-formulated, beneficial, and leading to the goal...
This is Right, and Noble Speech!

Buddha once noted:
Man is born with an axe in his mouth, whereby he cuts himself down!

The Ten Advantageous Subjects:
Talk on the Modesty of having few wants,
Talk on the Bliss of Contentment,
Talk on the Joy of Seclusion,
Talk on the Ease of Disentanglement,
Talk on the Energy of Enthusiasm,
Talk on the Advantage of Morality,
Talk on the Calm of Concentration,
Talk on the Insight of Understanding,
Talk on the Freedom of Release,
Talk on the Direct Knowledge and Vision of Release ...
Such is Right Speech!

The many kinds of Pointless Talk (also today called NEWS!):
Such as talk on kings, robbers, ministers, armies, dangers, wars, foods, drinks, clothing,
furniture, jewelry, cosmetics, relatives, vehicles, villages, towns, cities, countries, women,
heroes, places, amusements, the dead, trifles, the origin of the world, the origin of the sea,
whether metaphysical things are so, or are not so... Such talk is pointless, irrelevant,
detrimental, empty of any advantage...

Divisive Gossip!

Knowing right and wrong speech as right and wrong speech, is right view.
Awareness of presence of right, and wrong speech, is right awareness.
Exchanging wrong speech with right speech, is right effort...


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