Who is the most honest person? An honest person is like a rose, he can bear all thorns and yet smile always. Because his heart is clean, the smile is the natural reflection of his state of mind. Thorns don’t prick him. Honesty is of two kinds: one is honesty with the self that makes me to stay with the thorns and the second is honesty with God that makes me smile.
Honesty is like drinking a glass of clean water. It quenches your thirst and you are assured of the safety of cleanliness. Honesty is what draws God’s help.Why do we need to be honest? Honesty can help soften the most bitter of hearts. When we are honest in our effort and honest about our intentions, we attract the natural love from everyone. An honest person is one who sits on the heart throne of God.
Honesty means being completely accountable for every thought. Honesty means never to stop in the middle of the journey, but to accept the necessity of signals and halts. If we are not honest with ourselves, we will lose our self worth. Honesty is like a jewel worn on the crown of the self. It increases our true worth in our eyes. To walk on the path of truth, honesty is extremely essential, for it makes way for you to follow what you believe in.
Honesty with God is of a different kind. God seeks our honesty as insurance for ourselves. When god knows this child is honest, He is ever ready to help, because He knows the thorns (misdeeds and weaknesses) will be truly confessed to Him. God doesn’t know everyone’s heart but He knows an honest heart. He can help to clean it easily as He knows what lies therein. So honesty with God draws immediate love and care. By being honest, we help God to help ourselves.
The task of God is to purify us to the extent that we become images of Him. When we are honest with our every thought and how we use our time and breath, then we make His task easier. Then He knows what it is to cut (short) and what is to (add to) increase (the beauty of his creation). Hence, God is pleased with an honest heart. He guarantees (that) such a child the right to His legacy.
Honesty makes us selfless. When we are greedy for anything, whether they are gross physical things or subtle things as name, position, then we cannot be truly honest. When we are honest, it is enough to realise that as long as I am following God’s advice, I do not need a single penny more as my future is already created.
When we understand this we want not to take but to give to others. We find opportunities to give and giving brings blessings from others and God. Hence, honesty helps me to earn the very thing I sacrificed. This is the beauty of this virtue. When we are honest about our vices, our desire to receive; our innocence is what compels others and even God to give us what we miss.
This is why the rose is smiling always. It doesn’t try to hide its thorns nor say, ‘come and pluck me, I smell nice’. But the thorns are so honestly visible that people still want to pluck the rose for its fragrance and at times even save it from its own thorns. God wants to care so much for such a soul that He constantly shows him the way to remove the thorns and wave and dance to his destination of truth. (He is the fragrant spiritual rose, Khushabudar Ruhe Gulab, the king of the flowers.)
A story related to this virtue –
A Pound Of ButterThere was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to the baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting a pound and he found that he was not. This angered him and he took the farmer to court.
The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure. The farmer replied, “Honour, I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale.”
The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?”
The farmer replied, “Your Honour, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.”
What is the moral of the story: We get back in life what we give to others. Whenever you take an action, ask yourself this question am I giving fair value for the wages or money I hope to make.
Honesty and dishonesty become a habit. Some people practice dishonesty and can lie with a straight face.
Others lie so much that they don’t even know what the truth is anymore. But who are they deceiving?
Themselves – more than anyone else.
Honesty can be put across gently. Some people take pride in being brutally honest and in the process hurt others straightway. It seems they are getting a bigger kick out of the brutality than the honesty. Choice of words and tact are important whilst expressing the truth.