Glorious Speech - Part 3

7th Jun 2014
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the previous offerings, listing the characteristics of a glorious speech. In the last mail we saw that a good speech should be

1. Beautiful (cāru)
2. Full of metaphorical language (citra-padaṁ)
3. Very clear (ślakṣṇaṁ)

Here we see further:

4. Very pleasing to hear (mṛṣṭaṁ):  Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj used to quote the following verse from the shastras:

priya vākya pradānena sarve tuṣyanti jantavaḥ
tasmāt tadeva vaktavyam vacane kim daridratā

By speaking pleasing words, all the living entities are satisfied. Therefore always speak sweetly, why are you so poor in your sentences?

Regarding Hanumanji's speech, Lord Rama says that, "I believe that even if an enraged enemy with a sword in hand comes to kill, he would definitely change his attitude by hearing such an outstanding speech." We should be such pleasing speakers.

5. Meaningful and grave (gūḍhaṁ): Srila Prabhupada advocates that there is a limitless stock of Vedic literature, and one should study this. Then whatever we speak from scriptures, becomes meaningful and grave. Thus only a learned person who has been trained under a bonafide representative of the Lord and has understood the real value and mission of life, can speak meaningful and grave words. While glorifying Hanumanji's  speech, Lord Rama says,

na an ṛgveda vinītasya na ayajurveda dhāriṇaḥ
na asāma veda viduṣaḥ śakyam evam vibhāṣitum

One must be educated in the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, and a master in Sama Veda, to speak in such a wonderful and meaningful manner.

6. Without doubt (aviklavam): Srila Prabhupada writes that, "The process of speaking in spiritual circles is to say something upheld by the scriptures. One should at once quote from scriptural authority to back up what he is saying." That way the speech should be with certainty and confidence. If the speaker himself is doubtful of what he is speaking, what can the audience benefit?

7. For the benefit of all (sarveṣām upakārārthaṁ):  Our speech should be such that it benefits the hearers. Preaching of the messages from Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam is the best beneficial  activity that can be performed. Srila Prabhupada also writes that, "It appears that when Prthu Maharaj  spoke, he expressed his personal realization of the Absolute Truth in order to benefit all who were present." Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.3 offers obeisances to Sukadev Goswami as,

yaḥ svānubhāvam akhila-śruti-sāram ekam
adhyātma-dīpam atititīrṣatāṁ tamo ’ndham
saṁsāriṇāṁ karuṇayāha purāṇa-guhyaṁ
taṁ vyāsa-sūnum upayāmi guruṁ munīnām

Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto him [Śuka], the spiritual master of all sages, the son of Vyāsadeva, who, out of his great compassion for those gross materialists who struggle to cross over the darkest regions of material existence, spoke this most confidential supplement to the cream of Vedic knowledge, after having personally assimilated it by experience.

Krishna willing, we shall see the remaining characteristics in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.