Triple Filter


Satyam-Priyam-Hitam

May we contemplate upon the following three filters:

Question: I have so much of noise at external and internal level. I also need to talk. I cannot refrain myself from talking. And as a result, I think, my mind is so restless. This results in inefficiency at work, dissatisfaction in life, mutual social rejection and sometimes depression. Do you have any suggestion?

Answer: Every hour on an hourly basis please remind yourself that you are a divine being and look around. You WILL find something to appreciate and glorify His grace. And contemplate upon the following story.

SOCRATES’ wise words:

In ancient Greece, Socrates was said to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

Triple Filter

"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?"

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test.

The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?" (Satyam?)

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter. The filter of goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?" (Priyam?)

"No, on the contrary..."

<"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's one more filter left- the filter of usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?" (Hitam?)

"No, not really."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"

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