Thought, Word and Deed
By thought, word or deed – this is a phrase we often use, in one context or another. And if we think about it, the phrase encompasses just about every action that we take. The three words seem to be interlinked. We either think, say or do something. Most actions start with a thought, which is then followed by word or deed, or both.
The Masters tell us that although thoughts do not create karma, they are nevertheless extremely powerful, because almost inevitably our thoughts will lead to speech or action, and through those we do create karma. They warn us to think carefully before acting, to be level-headed and clear-thinking.
Over and over we have heard Baba Ji caution us to think before we react. He advises us to be clear about what our motives are before we take action or before we say anything. Very often, if we are honest with ourselves and dig deep enough, we might be aghast to discover the true motive behind our words and actions.
As human beings we very often act or speak on impulse, without proper consideration. Someone may say something we do not like or make an impatient remark, and immediately a negative retort rolls off our tongue.
Jesus taught that gentleness can avert anger, and every Master echoes that. If only we could get into the habit of biting our tongue, gathering our thoughts and allowing love to govern our thinking by keeping simran uppermost and continuously in our thoughts, we might be astonished and delighted to find how, through the right thoughts, the right words and deeds will follow.