DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- THE HEAVIEST IS ORAL KARMA
By Nhat Quan
already know the consequences of the two-way tongue, the
retribution of bad speech, the retribution of more and less
speech, and the retribution of lying, and have seen the
danger of oral karma. That gives you the concept. According
to the Buddhist point of view, oral karma is one of the
extremely heavy karmas. And although people often refer to
the phrase oral karma as the type of karma that comes from
the mouth, not everyone understands what it means.
Therefore, as a Buddhist, you should learn about oral karma
as well as the types of oral karma.
speaking, karma is the word that comes out of the mouth, but
the mouth can also have good words or good intentions, it
can also say gentle and cute words to comfort people, it can
also have harsh, cruel words, harm humans. So when you hear
about oral karma, you must understand that bad karma is
created from the mouth. The bad karma from the mouth is
divided into different degrees and the cause and effect of
the oral karma are also different. Oral karma according to
the Buddha's teachings is divided into four types, and in
order to show you that the meaning of the heaviest is
continuous oral karma, I would like to remind you of the
four sources of heavy oral karma:
matter of words, things not saying yes, things yes saying
life, those who make up stories and tell lies are often
considered the embodiment of the devil, and when they die,
they will have to go to hell. These people are also the
cause of conflicts and discord. Hence the saying:
brightest intelligence is the truth.
So even if
you think that your innocuous lie does no harm to anyone,
that is your thinking, only you understand that you just
said that you did something wrong contrary to nature.
saying cruel words
come from wounded souls, lacking in affection. Any words
spoken, whether in self-defense or attack, that damage the
honor and character of others means that you have
accumulated more karma for yourself. Therefore, be more
careful in your daily speech, because killing a person with
a sword is not as scary as killing a soul with words.
hooking, two-way tongue talk
A person who
does not have the right views, and speaks two words, will be
in an internal contradiction, the purpose of which is for
their own benefit. If you meet these types of people, you
should stay away. At the same time, you also need to train
your own will and decisiveness. If you have made a choice,
you must be responsible for those choices, do not let your
mind waver lest you bring disaster to your body.
It is words
that make up a story and add words to your way of thinking.
This is a
half-truth, but not the truth. If you think you're still
saying what you already have and just adding a few more
humorous or thrilling situations to make the story more
interesting, don't do it.
only be heard enough, understood enough and sincere enough,
just passed on to the next person to know. But if you add
your own opinions, the story becomes something else. Is
times recording, the original is lost.
This is also
one of the mistakes people make in everyday life.
the four main karmas, in addition to verbal karma, there
5- The fussy
way of eating
sound strange, but in fact, fussy eating is also one of the
oral karmas of modern life. The waste of food, money, and
effort is one of the consequences of fussy eating habits
- Eat monkey
grilled duck legs
other exotic dishes….
mention, the ways to prepare and use a variety of animals to
create sumptuous, complex dishes that are also the shortest
path to illness and bad luck in life
to old, you always live in an environment of being judged
and judging others. Children who go to school are judged by
their grades, and adults who go to work are judged by their
ability, salary, and status... In general, these things will
generate comparison and envy in the heart. Over time, it
will accumulate into the habit of greed, competition, and
evil that you do not know.
this, it is best to pay attention to observing, learning,
and drawing conclusions for yourself. Learn from your own
experience, instead of meddling in meaningless comments.
Proclaiming other people's mistakes
This is a
consequence of the criticism mentioned above. So when you're
talking to a group of people, it's best to only say things
that are relevant to those who are present in the
conversation and avoid mentioning the absent person. Because
of the rule of necessity:
- If there
is praise, there will be criticism
sometimes precede thoughts, making it difficult to avoid bad
words. Even though it's criticism, you forget that it's also
a form of verbal karma that needs to be avoided.
above statements, it can be said that oral karma is
understood as a kind of karma, originating from your own
words and eating. The venerable ones often teach:
is one of the four heaviest types of karma in human life.
spoken word is like a bowl of water thrown away, it cannot
be picked up. If it's normal speech, it's okay, but if it's
a bad word that can affect the listener's thoughts, actions,
mind, and soul, it's very dangerous. Therefore, oral karma
is one of the heaviest sins that people often commit. There
is no knife as sharp as the human tongue. Therefore, before
saying something you should think to avoid the consequences
of oral karma.
verbal karma is one of the heaviest, because it leads to
serious consequences, leads to brokenness, leads to extreme
suffering, leads to all the afflictions that are happening
now, but it is the cause of reincarnation after birth and
death… Just a word inadvertently can make you and others
suffer and torment your whole life. That's why our
grandparents used to say:
- Its mouth
sues the body.
- Its mouth
harms the body.
If you harm
others, you also harm your own. In Buddhism, oral karma is
the heaviest type of karma for sentient beings, if you know
how to cultivate your mouth, you've cultivated more than
half your life. Currently, many people in daily life are
still suffering from oral karma without even realizing it.
To create happiness, you should begin to eliminate the
following types of oral karma. First of all, you must:
looking at a person, you should not judge their good or bad.
You don't know what they are like, but quickly conclude that
it is karma. That's why you should never judge someone by
2- Do not
judge the character and virtue of others. Because it is not
certain that your qualities are equal to or higher than
- Do not
judge other people's circumstances and families.
Because it has nothing to do with you.
of you have the right to choose your family or life
situation, but each has a predetermined fate. Therefore, it
is absolutely not advisable to judge people or the living
situation of others.
judge another person's education. Because each person is
born with a unique brain and perception is also very
different. In this world, there are people who are not
well-educated who create miracles that even professors,
doctorates, and highly educated people cannot do.
4- Do not
judge anyone. Because you can't fully understand them. Maybe
in this point, that person is not perfect, but in other
points, they are much better than you.
5- Do not be
arrogant, proud of yourself to others. Because today, you
may be better than others, but tomorrow you may not be
better than them. Maybe tomorrow, or in the future, you will
have to rely on people you have despised. Let's live and be
nice to each other so that you have a way out tomorrow.
Absolutely never say words that hurt others. Because today
you use bad words to hurt others, maybe tomorrow someone
else will hurt you. Words are easy to say but extremely
difficult to take back, think before you say something.
should not speak maliciously, because when you speak to your
heart's content, you always use harsh words, and insults to
others. You should know, if the mind is evil, then speak
evil and then do evil, body, speech, and mind are all evil,
and the day to go to hell is not far away. Don't curse
others, don't say obscene words...
8- Do not
say embroideries, ie should not say more or less.
when you finish listening to the story here, you go and tell
it to others, but often when retelling, you often add a
little to increase the exaggeration and attraction. It
shouldn't be like that.
to the above ways, if you want to practice avoiding oral
karma, you can daily read Buddhist scriptures of oral karma,
and good proverbs to purify your oral karma. To do so, you
should regularly go to the temple to do good deeds.
you often use malicious, rough words, scolding, and cursing
... in your daily life. First of all, your own self has
shown a lack of quality, ethics, and civilization in speech
and communication, leading to low self-esteem, so people
around will gradually shun you.
tendency to repair oral karma, the Buddhist scriptures also
teach, in daily life, there are four types of people you
- People who
often blame others;
- Often talk
about superstition and wrong views;
speech, mind snake;
- And those
who do little but tell much.
mouth you can know the mind and judge others, to have
appropriate behavior. Thus, oral karma from the mouth is
extremely related to the life of each person. If you live a
good life and always say good words and good ideas, your
life is always happy and respected by everyone. If you just
open your mouth to curse, say cruel words, lie, and provoke
others, sooner or later, you will be in trouble and make
people not want to contact you.
society, many people take advantage of social networks such
as Facebook, and Twitter... often using cruel, vulgar,
insulting words to others has also become a phenomenon.
While there are times when they are blunt, and there are
times when they don't refer to anyone by name, this is also
something you should all avoid. Because even though you
don't write bad words, just by clicking on their website you
unintentionally endorse and support dangerous hate speech.
So whether you like it or not, you have the same negative
karma as the other person. Moreover, if you do so many
times, no one controls you, no one advises, so over time,
you will become a habit just like the others.
calls this karma, and if it is karma, it will definitely
dominate your life. Therefore, a bad word can lead to
in life, if you know how to speak, and often say good words
and beautiful ideas, you will be loved and respected by
others. On the contrary, if you speak maliciously, speaking
evil words is not only hated by the world but also known as
oral karma from the mouth. Although oral karma is something
that cannot be seen, it can cause damage when offending
others. When you create oral karma, there will be oral karma
retribution back. In fact, the Buddhist scriptures have said
that the person who suffers from verbal karma will be
retribution. Those who commit the heaviest karma can also
know well, as the person who creates oral karma, later on,
it is impossible to avoid punishment and retribution caused
by you. Even if you die, you will also be damned to hell, if
you become a human in your next life, you will also suffer
the consequences, but not many people pay attention to this.
As a Buddhist, you need to be careful what you say from your
mouth, and think before you speak.
words are sincere and true, but not knowing how to express
them will also cause people to misunderstand and think
differently. In any situation, one should not be
self-satisfied, and arrogance makes you become stand out and
be extraordinary. The mind must be awake to think before and
after, wisdom must be clear to analyze the problem
correctly. You must know the limits of your words so as not
to cause evil karma. Need to be careful with words, words go
to the mind, so life and death also follow the words that
come. Only then will you not commit oral karma.
the most important thing is truth. Therefore, lying is one
of the heavy karmas. According to Buddha's teaching, the
most serious lying karma is that you yourself are lying
without knowing you are lying. Sometimes lies and jokes are
not meant to harm someone, just jokes for fun, but that is
also a form of harm to the body. In fact, people just think
joking is just for fun, but joking is also the karma of the
mouth. Jokes can also cause problems. Even joking must be
considered, for the karma of the mouth comes in all speech.
It is your
jokes that make people cautious, alienated, and no longer
believe in you. Therefore, in life, whether a lie is
goodwill or malicious, it is bad karma. This is a form of
damaging your own honor.
As for those
of you who often use harsh words to lash out, and curse to
damage the honor of others, the disaster will come from your
mouth. This scourge is not only harmful to others but also a
retribution for yourself. Therefore, the Buddha teaches that
each of you must respect others, which is also respecting
yourself. Saying rude words is demeaning you, causing damage
to your own merit, and absolutely should not be done.
when someone posts on FB criticizing and scolding someone.
It's fine if you don't know it the first time, but once you
know it, don't go to that person's website again, because
you do this even though it's to satisfy your curiosity to
see who that person is still flirting with. It's also a way
to empathize with that person. A negative disparaging
article may have meaningless words, even false statements,
and divisive words... when you sympathize with those words,
you will also create equally bad karma with those words.
So when you
go to that website you should check what is the motive they
say so, and what are the consequences. If the motive is not
good, do not enter. Should remember:
waste a lot of time on that nonsense,
Participating in something is karmic equal to that. So
please join us to support the good, support the deeds that
bring happiness to others. Remember to comment, and write on
Facebook, when participating in other people's statements...
the words that come out of your mouth are the karma of your
knows that wounds on the body heal more easily than wounds
in the mind caused by words. Evil karma from the mouth, from
the words, creates bad consequences, harming the speaker and
those involved. The karma of the mouth also affects the
whole community, the whole society. So before you say
anything, get in the habit of thinking:
- What is my
motive for saying this, good or bad?
When you see
signs of not being good, you should stop and should not
continue. Remember, the wealth you make will be exhausted,
but the words, when you speak, will last from generation to
generation. The value you give is what you get in return.
People who speak beautiful and loving words always feel
serenity and peace in their hearts and vice versa.
the consequences of oral karma are terrible. Sooner or
later, there will be retribution. In the sutras, the Buddha
gives an example of an evil person cursing a good person,
and a good person not accepting that scolding, then an evil
person is like a person looking up to the sky and spitting.
Saliva does not reach the sky but falls right into the face
of the spitting person. Therefore, if you receive it, you
will be attached to suffering, if you do not receive it, you
will be peaceful and happy. From now on, if you hear
anything about yourself, good or bad, you should not accept
it, you will be happy.
Most of you
have the habit of listening to people say bad things about
you through the mouth of the second or third person, then
you want to find out clues, to receive and then get angry,
delusional, and afflicted, which is not good. Of course, not
all disparaging words are easy to ignore. There are personal
insults, affecting not only you but also creating a wave of
public opinion on the psychology of those around you. They
may, from negative words, perceive you incorrectly. But no
matter what, stay calm, stay calm. Because the disparaging
words will only affect those who are superficially
evaluating the problem from the mouth. But those who are
knowledgeable, and profound, know how to look deeply and
widely and only comment when they have carefully appraised.
So, if you're right, keep your mind steady, because it's not
difficult when you get past untrue, groundless words.
Be careful with your words. Don't create a scandal because
you unconsciously carry karma, and don't because someone has
made a mistake in the past that you use harsh words to
torture them. Because of that, you will bring bad karma.
Here, let me tell you a parable.
Once upon a time, in folklore, there was a legend that all
animals and humans could understand each other's language.
The souls of sentient beings are peaceful and gentle,
everyone does good deeds. In the treasure of our country's
ancient stories, there is a story that advises people to
speak at the right time.
Story: On the areca tree there lived a family of rats. One
day on the anniversary of his wife's death, after going to
the market to buy food, cooking and worship were done. The
father mouse misses his wife, so he wants to cry, the
children are too young to understand the heartache of the
father. The father rat was too serious, so no one dared to
speak up to share his father's pain. Suddenly, the father
mouse looked down at the lake and saw the toad walking
leisurely. The father mouse then ran down the areca tree,
went to the lakeside to respectfully salute the golden toad,
and at the same time also expressed his invitation to the
toad to come home and have some wine for fun.
Uncle Toad, who has been away from the mouse for a long
time, still misses him, especially seeing that the mouse's
body shape is thinner and more haggard than before, so Uncle
Toad happily accepted.
But when he reached the base of the areca tree, the toad
shook his head and apologized. Thank you, but climbing trees
is not my job, please leave it for another time.
Father mouse explains:
- Don't be afraid, just hold my tail tight, when I entered
the house, you were already sitting firmly, then released my
tail. We are free to eat, when you come back, you sit on my
back, hug me tightly, go down to the areca tree, and we say
Uncle Toad pondered: This is also an interesting journey. So
the toad agreed to do as the mouse suggested
When the mouse carried the toad up to half of the areca
tree, suddenly the children in the village saw it and
- Friends, come here quickly, come here quickly and watch
the golden toad bite the tail of the mouse to climb up the
areca tree, it's so funny!
Toad got angry when he heard it. Toad opened his mouth to
scold the other children, but toad just opened his mouth and
didn't have time to scold the children, he fell on the areca
tree. Although he did not die, the toad's spine was broken,
so the flesh and bones protruded from the back, so he had to
squat for the rest of his life. When he walked, he had to do
squats and no longer walked as gracefully as before. Every
time it rained, he found his whole body aching, he had to
cry and groan to relieve the pain in his body.
This story gives you some interesting details:
- The sad mouse asked Uncle Golden Toad to go out
- Uncle Golden Toad listened to the sweet words of the
mouse, so he decided to go on an adventure, and not knowing
that adventure made the Golden Toad have a lifelong
This is similar to your life if there are people who feel
free to do nothing, it means that they are useless people,
so they should find someone to confide in, gossip, condemn,
and criticize others. This kind of person is like a mouse.
Those who heard something scandalous felt so happy, they
immediately jumped in to participate in criticism and
ridicule for the purpose of fun. The purpose is to satisfy
jealousy, hatred, or injustice, but do not know the
consequences. This type of person is like a golden toad who
But they don't know that every time they open their mouth,
they sow disaster. The death of the body, the hell, the
reincarnation of birth and death, like Uncle Toad, opened
his mouth to scold, but just because it was not the right
time, the disaster came, and almost lost his life.
Therefore, if you speak at the wrong time, and do not know
how to control it, disaster will come very quickly.
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