What to Hold in Secret? Advice of the Sages.
- The first thing to keep a secret, the sages say, are our far-reaching plans. Keep quiet until this plan is fulfilled. Our ideas are not ideal. They have a huge number of weak points, which are very easy to hit and as a result destroy everything.
- The second thing that wise men recommend to not share is our charity. An alms – deed is a great rarity in this world, and that is why it must be protected as the apple of the eye. Do not praise yourself for good deeds. Pride will immediately appear and take away all the good that came as a result of this charity.
- The third thing that the sages do not recommend spreading, is our asceticism. Do not tell left and right about your restrictions in nutrition, sleep, sex, etc. Physical austerity benefits only if it is combined with the emotional component and with modesty.
- The fourth thing to keep silent about is our courage, heroism. Not all bravery is obvious. Some people get external visible exams, but some of them are tested internally. However, a moral or spiritual trial is often much more difficult than a physical one.
- The fifth thing that is not worth spreading is spiritual knowledge. Spiritual experience has multiple levels and must be revealed only when one has reached a certain extent of purity. The main mistake of the beginning educator is the desire to share spiritual knowledge which is too complicated for this particular listener. As a result, instead of bringing good to a person, such “enlightenment” only further entangles and even frightens them.
- The sixth thing that is not necessary to share with others is our home conflicts and in general our family life. Remember: the less you talk about the problems in your family, the more your private life will be stable. A quarrel with our loved ones is the deliverance from the negative energy that has accumulated between us in the process of communication. When we give an account of our problems to others, it will nurture this unfavorable aspect of our relationship.
- The seventh thing that is not worth talking about are wicked words that have been heard from someone. You can stain your shoes on the street, but you can dirty your mind as well. The person who, having come home, tells everything that he heard during the day, is no different from a man who came home in very dirty boots and did not take them off at the doorstep but walked in them around the house.
TODAY’S TIP: The scientists know, that activities of our physical body need much less energy than our emotions and thoughts. Mauna – controlled speech or total silence for a certain period of time – is recommended in the Bhagavad Gita as it is to said to calm your mind and aid in eventually gaining a direct perception of reality. In chapter 10, verse 38, Krishna, the Absolute Truth, says about Himself: “…Of secret things I am silence, and of the wise I am wisdom ”