‘Let there be sweetness in our speech’

Jan 14 2010

:
Today it is Sankranti in India, the harvest festival. Farmers celebrate this day all over the country. In South India, it is called Pongal. People exchange sesame seeds and sugarcane with each other. Whatever you receive first, you have to give away to somebody. We exchange things.

In ancient times there was no money, only the barter system. Almonds were exchanged for apples, sugarcane with rice, there was always give and take all over the world.

Today is the day everyone can exchange like that. Usually, sweets are given (jaggery and sesame seeds). We have this and say, ‘Let us speak sweetly this year, let there be sweetness in our speech.’ “Have a nice day, happy birthday” are modern day wishes, but in ancient times we say, ‘let us be sweet to each other, may you speak sweetly,’ meaning, ‘The whole year, may you speak wisdom’.

We had a huge program in Maharashtra, I have just come from there. In Maharashtra, it is said,

Tilgul ghya,
Gud gud bola.

(Eat tilgul (little balls of sesame seeds and jaggery); speak sweetly.)

Read earlier posts

  • The Source Of True Happiness

    June 29, 2015
    • The Cause of Misery
    • Turn Towards the Light
    • Walk Towards Divinity
    • Be Content & Happy Within

    A Sign Of True Friendship

    June 26, 2015
    • Bringing Transformation
    • Sri Sri's Political Preference
    • Spiritualizing Politics
    • Hinduism: One God with Many Forms
  • Expect Less & Understand More

    June 26, 2015
    • Tips to Improve Perception
    • Eradicate Terrorism & Fanaticism
    • All Religions Are Important
    • Dealing with Expectations
    • Link Between Science & Spirituality

    The Wonderland Of Yoga

    June 25, 2015
    • Wonder Takes You to Yoga
    • Be Skillful In Action
    • The Hmmmkara Mantra
    • A Way to Handle Negative Thoughts
  • Getting Rid Of Negativity

    June 25, 2015
    • The Essence of Communication
    • Don't Communicate Superficially
    • Get Rid of Negativity
    • Improve Your Perception & Expression

    There Is A Purpose

    June 15, 2015
    • Come Alive With Joy
    • Tips on Studies & Concentration
    • Overcome Bad Habits
    • The Source of Knowledge
  • Be Light Hearted!

    June 13, 2015
    • Make in India Campaign
    • Good Governance in India
    • Meaning of Siddhi
    • Dealing with Mockery
    • Importance of Bhajans

    Meditation Is Mental Hygiene

    June 10, 2015
    • Freedom of Expression
    • What Are You Fighting For?
    • A Sect of Happy People
    • Confusion Pushes You Forward
    • Nature of the 5 Senses
  • Overcome Loneliness

    June 9, 2015
    • Innocent & Intelligent
    • What is the Mind?
    • Loneliness: Blessing in Disguise
    • Don't Marry Because of Loneliness
    • Dealing with Challenging Situations

    Faith In Action

    June 4, 2015
    • Eradicate Substance Abuse
    • The Root Cause of Crime
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • A Better Society
    • The Declaration of Faith In Action
  • The Judgmental Tendency

    June 2, 2015
    • Your Judgments Limit You
    • Tips to Get Over Fear
    • The Quality of Valor
    • Make Decisions with Intuition
    • Why Human Birth is Special

    Make Space for Life

    June 2, 2015
    • 3 Components to Life
      1. Knowledge
      2. Awareness
      3. love
    • Lack of These Brings Misery
    • Meditation Enhances All Three