We have probably all heard the saying “You are what you eat”. This meant that the food one eats has a bearing on one’s state of mind and health.
In tonight’s talk “You are what you Tweet”, I’m suggesting that our mental health (at least to some degree) but more importantly our spiritual health can be diagnosed by our social media habits – what we Tweet.
Yogic teachings state that we will be deeply influenced by our speech and thoughts. It will affect our consciousness and therefore prescribe exercising both restraint and caution in communicating as our speech will either be liberating or it will lead to harm.
Some of the Vedic texts I quoted:
Austerity of speech consists in speaking truthfully and beneficially and in avoiding speech that offends. One should also recite the Vedas regularly. – Bhagavad-gītā 17:15
And serenity, simplicity, gravity, self-control and purity of thought are the austerities of the mind. – Bhagavad-gītā 17:15
“The niyamas (observances) are internal and external purity, contentment, acceptance of austerity, the recitation of sacred mantras and study of Vedic texts, and complete devotion and surrender to God.” – Yoga-sūtra 2.32
“….Truthfulness means to speak the truth in a pleasing way, as declared by great sages.” – Bhāgavata Purāṇa 11.19.38