An honest life is an honourable life, as they say. But many do not seem to live this way. The riches, fame, and distractions of this world often prevent people from being honest in their lives, their work, and even, their personal relationships. As honest as people are, it is hard to determine their true intentions that remain hidden in their hearts, unless one is honest enough to say so.
During the days of the Maha Satguru, words of wisdom were often given in parables. These parables were stories based on moral principles with a spiritual significance. Often, these parables, although simple in form, often held deep truths that were difficult to understand. So the Maha Satguru would tell His followers the meaning of these parables so that those who could hear could understand.
One such parable tells the story of a manager who had become extremely wealthy, but had extremely poor management skills. His boss called him in and warned him that if he did not give a good account of his performance, he would lose his job. The manager, fearing that he would lose his job, went to each of his boss’s creditors and reduced their bills, so that even after he lost his job, they would be grateful to him. His boss heard about this and commended the manager for his honesty .
So we see that being honest, not just in your work, but also the building of your personal character, can pay off in more ways than one. As it is, many fail to be honest in business dealings, especially when it comes to money, and suffer for it; but having a transparent attitude can assist in becoming honest, both in thoughts and actions. Honesty is a virtue worth having.
When we choose to live an honest life, it shows in our everyday interactions with people and circumstances. Those around and about us are able to see the difference between an honest person and a dishonest person quite clearly. As the heart reflects the person, the actions reflect the character of the individual. For the followers of the Maha Satguru, honesty is a character trait that comes to be honoured by many.