What is truthfulness? It is nothing but utterance Wholly devoid of ill. Even a lie would take the place of truth, If it brings blameless benefit. Lie not against your conscience, Lest your own conscience burn you. He who lives truly in his own heart, Truly lives in the hearts of all people. Truthfulness in thought and word Outweighs penance and charity. Nothing but the fame of truthfulness Can give all other virtues effortlessly. If one speaks the truth and only truth, He need not seek other virtues. Water ensures external purity And truthfulness shows the internal. Not all lights cause illumination; For the wise, Only the light of truth is illuminant. Amidst all that we have seen as real, There is nothing as good as truthfulness.