Tattvartha Sutra: 07.09

Published: 03.06.2017

07.09 Asadabhiddhanam Anrtam

Audio:
Sanskrit:

असदभिधानमनृतम् ।

Hindi:

असत् बोलना अनृत (असत्य) है।

07.09

English: Lie consists of uttering what is not true.

This sutra defines lie as speaking contrary to the truth. It means that denying anything that has been done or stating anything contrary to the facts amounts to lying. Though the sutra specifies only uttering of lie, it covers untrue contemplation as well. Moreover, 'Pramatta Yogāt' specified in the previous sutra should be considered implicit in this sutra, because it is possible to conceive of situations where partial truth can be justified. To take a medical illustration once again, suppose there is a patient with a severe heart problem. If he is too emotional, knowing about the attack may shock him and the problem could be aggravated. It may therefore be advisable to tell him that the condition is not grave, but he needs to undergo surgery for curing the disease.

Sources
Title: Tattvartha Sutra
Translation:
Manu Doshi
Commentary:
Manu Doshi
Publisher:
Federation of Jain Associations in North America & Shrut Ratnakar
Edition:
2007
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