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IV i. Watch your Words

1. How does Swami ask Women to 'watch' their words?

Now, for a few words of advice to women. It is found that women are given to excessive talking. From today you have to take a pledge not to indulge in talking. Women are found talking not only, in the auditorium but even in the bhajan mandir.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 1995
   
Words have tremendous power. They can arouse emotions and they can calm them. They direct, they infuriate, they reveal, they confuse. They are potent forces that bring up great reserves of strength and wisdom. Therefore, have faith in the name and repeat it whenever you get the chance.
Sathya Sai Baba
   
Talkative persons easily slip into scandal-mongering. Too much talk and a tongue addicted to scandal are twins; they work together and in unison. A poet addressed his tongue thus, " O tongue, knower of taste, relisher of sweetness, always prefer the Truth and God".
Sathya Sai Baba, 17 Feb 1980
   
Even when speaking the truth, one should not inflame passion, diminish enthusiasm or inflict injury.
Sathya Sai Baba, 17 Feb 1980
   
In order to promote harmony, the first rule you must follow is control of the tongue. Do not give all your thoughts immediate expression. Select, ponder and then speak out. Speak softly, sweetly without malice in your heart. Speak as if you are addressing Sai who resides in everyone. Use the tongue to recite the Name of the Lord. Use your feet to go on pure and holy errands, use your heart to keep pure thoughts and feelings.
Sathya Sai Baba, 26 Mar 1965
   
You should empathise with those who are in difficulties and try to give them solace. You should comfort and console them with soothing words. Those who talk harsh words are verily demons. If you hurt others' feelings, you will be hurt twice as much.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Nov 2002
   
Women do not distinguish between a cinema hall, a market or an exhibition, but talk and chatter everywhere; even in a temple or a holy gathering.
Sathya Sai Baba
   
We must cultivate certain disciplined habits like talking gently. When you talk aloud, your energy dissipates and old age sets in faster.
Sathya Sai Baba, 31 Aug 1978
   
Keep your speech within limits: The normal temperature of the body is 98.4 F. Fever sets in when the temperature crosses this limit. Likewise, the normal blood pressure of man is 120/80. When it shoots up to, say, 150/90, it becomes harmful. Likewise, everything should be under certain limit. Your speech and actions should also be within certain limits.
Sathya Sai Baba, 11 Aug 2000