Four gates

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An example of yogic thinking

A Sufi tradition advises us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through four gates.

At the first gate, we ask ourselves, “Are these words true?” If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go. At the second gate we ask; “Are they necessary?” At the third gate we ask; “Are they beneficial?” and at the fourth gate, we ask, “Are they kind?”

If the answer to any of these is no, then what you are about to say should be left unsaid.

The image was created on an iPad 2 using iOrnament, which is more useful, and has considerably more depth, than it might first appear.

Posted on August 30, 2013