The story about speaking only words of kindness
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The reference of this story: The Jataka Book written by Phra Bhavanaviriyakhun.
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The motive of the Lord Buddha’s recollection of this story can be summarized as follows
.… Once in the time of the Buddha, there were six ordained monks called themselves ‘The Group of Six’. Behaving laxly in Dhamma-Discipline practice, they preferred to embarrass other monks and start a dispute. Often they held their other fellow monks up to ridicule. Sometimes, they made irresponsible and sarcastic remarks about other monastic members. Their behaviours reached the Lord Buddha. The Lord so gave them the forthright admonition. In the conclusion of the reproof, the Enlightened One added that ‘one with harsh speech brings about harm to oneself because being disliked by others even animals.’ Then, He furthered unveiled the story of Nandhiwisala in details as described above.
:The inspirations drawn from the story of this Jataka:
....1. Even though the grateful are willing to pay back their debt of gratitude out of the sense of obligation, it is hard for them to tolerate the harsh and sarcastic speech. Thus, no matter in whatever circumstance, one should not speak roughly to others.
....2. Speaking the pleasant speech is graded 10 among the thirty-eight highest blessings enunciated by the Lord Buddha.
.... 3. Kind speech implies words that endear us to others. It is not confined only to the use of polite words but has wider implication as follows:
1) Words that arise out one’s kindness and cause the listener to appreciate one’s virtuous character.
2) Words of sincerity and good wishes expressed at the right place and time.
3) Words that are polite, easy on the ear, and meaningful.
4) Words that are encouraging to those who are in the process of developing characteristics of a true friend.
5) Words that are truthful and expressed at the right place and time.