(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
UNDERSTANDING OF THE SAYING “WORDS ONCE UTTERED, WILL CONTRIBUTE TO KARMA”; WHAT SHOULD WE BE AWARE OF WHEN WE SPEAK
Caller: A Buddhist friend would like to ask about the meaning of the saying “Words once uttered, will contribute to karma”. What shall we be aware of when we speak?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Words uttered will contribute to karma, either good or bad ones. The kind words that we speak are like lotuses coming out from our mouth. It contributes to good karma — isn’t that karma too?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Well! Why can’t you create good karma then?
Caller: I see, that means we shall speak only kind words?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Yes, speak only kind words. If someone tells you that the meal is ready, and you go, “Thanks, I appreciate that!”, with a simple reply of this kind, haven’t you created good karma?
Caller: That’s right!
Master Jun Hong Lu: Remarks such as “Hey, looks like you are doing well in your spiritual cultivation!”, “Nowadays, the more I look at you, the more I think you resemble Bodhisattva!”. All these bring joy and happiness to others. With that, don’t you think karma has been created?
Master Jun Hong Lu: The words “creating karma” may sound upsetting and unpleasant. But in fact, it refers to the creation of both good and bad karma. Do you understand now?
Caller: Yes, I understand now.< About Spiritual Cultivation