What is Honesty?

Honesty is the highest form of religion because it is in accordance with God’s principles. Honesty should be like your shadow, it should follow you around wherever you go. If you apply this simple key in your life then you will experience happiness. That is why honesty is the best policy. Param Pujya Dadashri has given this unique perspective, “Dishonesty is the best foolishness.” You might think to yourself, in this day and age, how can you go about living an honest life? The way to overcome dishonesty is to recognize it as dishonesty and repent for it. Without doubt, the one who repents is an honest person, in this era.

The more honest you are, the more pure you become. As much purity as you have within, your external circumstances will be that much more favorable. These favorable circumstances will bring peace and happiness into your life. On the other hand, inner impurity leads to unfavorable external circumstances. This is the law of nature.

Purity attracts the whole world. Purity in worldly interaction can involve purity of money, speech, character as well as purity of intent. One attains liberation when one becomes pure – free from all kashays (anger, pride, deceit, and greed).

You will be surprised to know the science behind Honesty and Purity, which has been unleashed here.

Spiritual Quotes

  1. All one needs is honesty and a mutually obliging nature - that is all. Do only that which is beneficial for human life. There are only two kinds of people who have no worries; one is a Gnani Purush and the other is the one who obliges others.
  2. When everyone around is being robbed, but if there is as honest man in their midst, he will never be robbed. The thieves themselves will not be able to rob such a man. That is the kind of “safe-side” there is in this world.
  3. Honesty is the best policy and dishonesty is the best foolishness.
  4. The Lord has said that it is better to receive what is coming to you through honest means, be it good or bad. A simple meal or even torn clothes you have earned yourself are better than acquiring anything through dishonest means.
  5. There is no problem if you earn money honestly and ethically. You are hurting only yourself if you bring money by dishonest means. When you die that money will be left behind because nature will confiscate it. Moreover, in your next life you will still have to suffer the inevitable consequences of your actions.
  6. If someone tells me: ‘I do not want any religion, I want worldly happiness’. I would tell him to practice honesty and ethical. I would not tell him to go to the temples. Giving to others is the religion of a celestial being. Not taking what belong to others is the religion of man. Therefore honesty is the highest religion of all.
  7. Dishonesty is the best foolishness. It is not possible to be honest all the time, but if one understands that it is wrong to be dishonest and does pratikraman for it, then his next life will be happy. A person is surely honest when he repents.
  8. If your money is not good, then it will go towards a bad cause. Honest money will go towards a good cause and dishonest money will go towards a bad cause!
  9. Where purity of heart is there, one feels unity with everyone.
  10. If there is only one pure person, so many people’s work will get done! Hence, one’s own purity is needed.
  11. The chit becomes impure when one steals and, by repenting, the very same chit becomes pure again. Impurity of the chit remains in the world because of failure to repent.
  12. For purity in worldly interaction, if you interact with others without hurting anyone, then that is considered purity of worldly interactions. Do not hurt anyone, even in the slightest, and if anyone hurts you, suffer it, but under no circumstances shouldyou hurt anyone.
  13. To constantly remain as the Self, is charitra (atma charitra; real conduct). This state of absolute purity (shuddha dasha) is oneness with all (abhedta). In this state, one sees the Self in all (atma vat sarva bhuteshu). That is absolute purity abounding everywhere.
  14. Moksha (ultimate liberation) cannot be attained until purity arises. To attain purity one has to realize ‘Who am I?’
  15. As much purity one has within, his external circumstances will be that much more favorable. As much impurity there is within, there will be a corresponding amount of unfavorable external circumstances.

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