Truth Story – I remember very distinctly that a man used to come to see my father, an utterly boring man. And, my father was growing tired of him. Sometimes just to get rid of him, my father had to lie that he had an urgent appointment, but my dearest father never taught me to tell lies. He always taught me to speak the truth and be ready to face the consequences.
From time to time, the boring man would also tell my father that he would accompany my father to attend to his appointments so that they could spend time together having a good and healthy conversation, but my father always complained that it was never a conversation, but was just a monologue. The boring man was a talker and my father was a victim by being a listener.
Truth Story – A Father and his Son
Once I was playing in front of our house – I must have been five-six years old. My father called me and told that the same man was coming to see him and he wouldn’t want to waste his time unnecessarily listening to his nonsense talks.
So my father said, “I am going inside. You just remain playing outside. And when he comes, you simply say to him that your father is out.” And my father used to teach me continuously, “Never speak an untruth.” So I was shocked. This was contradictory. So when the man came and asked me, “Where is your father?” I said, “He is in, but he says that he is out.”
My father heard this from inside, and the man entered with me, so he could not say anything in front of him. When the man had gone, after two or three hours my father was really angry with me, not with the man.
He said, “I told you to tell him, `my father is out.’” I said, “Exactly, I repeated the same thing. I told him the same thing: `My father says to tell you that he is out. But he is in, the truth is he is in.’ You have been teaching me to be true whatever the consequence. So I am ready for the consequence. If you want to punish me, please punish me, but remember, if truth is punished, truth is destroyed.
Truth has to be rewarded. Give me some reward, so I can go on speaking the truth whatever happens.” He looked at me and he said, “You are clever.” I said, “That you know already. Just give me some reward. I have spoken the truth.” And he had to give me some reward.