In Sanskrit the word for speech is vac, which means utterance, word, or logos. It implies perfect communication, communication which says, “It is so,” rather than, “I think it is so.” “Fire is hot,” rather than “I think fire is hot.” Fire is hot, automatically—the direct approach. Such communication is true speech, in Sanskrit satya, which means “being true.” It is dark outside at this time. Nobody would disagree with that. Nobody would have to say, “I think it is dark outside,” or “You must believe it is dark outside.” You would just say, “It is dark outside.” It is just the simple minimum of words we could use. It is true.
From “The Eightfold Path,” in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, page 121 in the Shambhala Library edition.
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