Satya: Speak the Truth but Only if it Is Sweet.

Via Yoga Comics
on Mar 21, 2013
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Many times on our walks, complete strangers will come up to us, scoop up Maple, and kiss her on the mouth…

Maple will lick their lips and they love it! I think it is so gross because I know exactly where her mouth has been… her privates, cat poop, garbage, dead birds. I don’t encourage the kissing and I think about stopping them, but they are just so happy sharing the love.

Satya means “to speak the truth,” yet it is not always desirable to speak the truth if it harms someone unnecessarily. If speaking the truth has negative consequences for another, then it is better to say nothing.

The Mahabharata says: “Speak the truth which is pleasant.”

 ~ Elise Espat


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Ed: Kate Bartolotta


About Yoga Comics

Editor: Jessica Walden began a daily yoga practice in 1994 and, over the last 12 years, has made several trips to Mysore, India, to study with Guruji, Sharath, and Saraswati. She is married to Andrew Hillam and a happy mother of two boys and one chihuahua. Editor: Elise Espat first practiced Ashtanga Yoga with Guruji when she was living in NYC and has since made several trips to Mysore, India to practice with her teachers Guruji, Sharath, and Saraswathi Jois. A couple of years ago Elise and her husband moved to New Mexico where they enjoy spending time in nature with their little dog named Maple. Most mornings (except Saturdays and moon days) you’ll find Elise teaching at the Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala. She also keeps the blog Cartoonist: Boonchu Tanti, an engineer who loves drawing cartoons, began a daily yoga practice since 2007. He has made several trips to Mysore, India to study Ashtanga Yoga at KPJAYI with Sharath since then. He now works and resides in Bangkok and draws cartoons as hobby during free time. Find his works at


3 Responses to “Satya: Speak the Truth but Only if it Is Sweet.”

  1. Gabriela says:

    The four gates of speech:
    Is it kind?
    Is it truthful?
    Is it necessary?
    Is our timing appropriate?

  2. Jennifer says:

    Lol I love this comic!

  3. yomi002 says:

    Pretty comical, well tell the truth but don't tell your neighbors that maple the chihuahua goes off to brush her mouth immediately after kissing them on the mouth. I guess loves to keep her fresh breath.