“Live honestly, hurt nobody, and render to everyone his due.”
– Justinian, Roman lawgiver, quoted in “Advanced Course In Yogi Philosophy” by Yogi Ramacharaka.
These are simple words conveying a great message about the conduct of life. Unless you are a philosopher, it is not worth arguing about the interpretations of the words honesty, non-hurting and everyone’s due. We have a common sense understanding of their meanings, and how to apply them in our life for the benefit of all people.
This message can be summed up in “Truthful Living.” Truth resides in all of us and needs only to be made manifest. But to do so we need to have a clear understanding of how truth is in us. Satguru Kabir said, “सच बराबर तप नहीं, झूठ बराबर पाप, जाके ह्रदय सचहै, ताके हृदय आप.” There is no austerity greater than truth, and no evil greater than lies. The heart in which truth dwells, there you will find God.
There is a quotation, “God is truth and truth is God.” So if God motivates you to live truthfully, then you are living according to the message first mentioned above. Let us all heed this message and make our lives noble!