How your words reveal your state of mind – the power of the tongue

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You can tell a person by their speech, their words, written or spoken. The most important quality of a person is their words. Your words reveal your mind and the tongue can thus be considered the most important of the senses. A person reveals themselves by their words and we can tell the state of consciousness of a person by their ability to control the tongue.

The tongue is said to be the most voracious and uncontrollable of all the senses. This implies that what we eat as well as what we speak can be our salvation or our downfall. By controlling what we eat, we can maintain not only good physical health but also a good state of consciousness. We are what we eat. Food is medicine. So by controlling what we put into our mouths to consume, we will also be able to control what we speak. The two are interlinked. Consciousness is affected by subtle things like the food we eat and digest, which goes on to affect our thinking.

Take the obvious example of alcohol. The tongue may desire to consume it and as a result the mind and the speech - which is the symptom of the mind - is affected for the worse. If you can’t control your eating and drinking, you will not be able to control your mind or specifically your speech. We have all seen and heard the speech and words of a drunken person. They will say things when drunk that they would never normally say and surprise even themselves in the clear light of sobriety. The frontal lobes of the brain have been dulled and reasoning flies out of the window.

Similarly, whatever we eat or consume affects our consciousness. So if you want to control your mind and words, then begin by controlling your consumption of food and drink. Traditionally yogis would never eat anything cooked by another person not engaged in yoga because the consciousness of the cook is said to go into and affect the food and thereafter also the person eating the food.
Consciousness is the real goal of life and the real treasure to be attained in this lifetime. Enlightened consciousness is priceless, though it’s also free. It does however require your determination to achieve it. And to achieve awakened consciousness, we may need to set aside other tastes that are less valuable or actual obstacles to awakened consciousness.

One clear insight we get into the pursuit of consciousness in its fullest manifestation is to be found in the ancient yoga text called Bhagavad Gita, written down about 5000 years ago by Vyasadeva in the original language of the planet, namely Sanskrit. Here we get the treatise on how to awaken your original awareness of self along with the eternal bliss and knowledge or full consciousness that comes with it. This real state of self-realization is our pure and natural state, while the rest is a temporary covering. We are already covered over by illusion, ignorance and forgetfulness that cloud our true state of full consciousness. The body and mind are already an aberration or covering bewildering us as to our true state of transcendence, which is not limited by mind or body.

When we add to that further substances that are desired by the mind, tongue or other senses, we simply add to the potential bewilderment or illusion in which we already find ourselves. Sometimes we become bored or feel limited so we attempt to break out of that mindset by consuming mind-enhancing substances, most commonly alcohol. The result is that a fleeting stimulus is felt but ultimately further ignorance or bewilderment arises. The bored mind that feels stuck in a limited space is a symptom of a covered consciousness, like a diamond that is covered by dust. Normally it sparkles and shines with brilliance, but just a little dust can cover all of its beautiful radiance.

The solution is not to stimulate the mind via the senses with temporary substances like tobacco or alcohol, but to do the opposite and still the mind by reducing the cheap thrills. There is no short cut to true enlightenment or inspiration. Coffee is another stimulant that we assume will uplift our thinking. It may for a moment but ultimately it is a hollow victory. Caffeine is actually a toxin, which is why the body tries so hard to expel it via increased urination. A true seeker of enlightenment realizes that the tongue needs to be controlled if the mind is to be harnessed. Control what you put in and you will have more control of what comes out. Jesus only had half the story when he said it’s not what goes in but what comes out that matters. The truth according to far more ancient yoga practice dating back 5000 years is that what goes in directly determines what will come out. Any attempt to justify an uncontrolled tongue is only fooling yourself.

And you can tell a fool as soon as they open their mouths. In other words, even a well-dressed fool can hide until they begin speaking or writing. Then immediately one can see by those symptoms what their true state of consciousness is. We can read the blog posts or literature of others and tell where their mind is situated. Regardless of the likes they receive or the money they make from their words, the contents is evidence of their state of mind. Your free speech is your own personal expression, your own free will, your own mental state revealing itself to the world, and by that you are revealing your quality of consciousness.
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Dressed up in lavish attire and remaining silent are sure ways to disguise a fool, but let him say one sentence or write one paragraph and they will reveal themselves for who they are. So controlling the tongue will be your best endeavor on the path to attaining the real goal of life. Flowery words or word jugglery or fine oratory are all good and well for armchair philosophers or manic street preachers or politicians, swaying the mood of the crowd like a ballad singer in a band, but the lyrics are going to reveal you for who you really are especially to the people who really matter. Those with a degree of awareness will see right through your emperor’s new clothes, even if you can convince the masses. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool someone who has already seen through the illusion, who already has insight.

This is revealed in the beginning of Bhagavad Gita where Arjuna is hearing from his friend and guide Krishna about the process of awakening. In chapter two Arjuna asks:

स्थितप्रज्ञस्य का भाषा समाधिस्थस्य केशव ।
स्थितधीः किं प्रभाषेत किमासीत व्रजेत किम् ॥ ५४ ॥

sthita-prajñasya kā bhāṣā
samādhi-sthasya keśava
sthita-dhīḥ kiṁ prabhāṣeta
kim āsīta vrajeta kim

“Oh Kṛiṣhṇa, what are the symptoms of one whose consciousness is thus merged in transcendence? How does he speak, and what is his language? How does he sit, and how does he walk?”

Bhagavad Gita as it is chapter 2:54 translated by Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta

In the commentary to this Sanskrit verse the translator describes clearly that it is the quality of speech that is the most obvious indicator of the consciousness of an awakened soul. Politicians and even priests are well known to be able to bewilder their listeners with deceptive speech, so to those in ignorance such alluring speech may not initially be an indicator of the mind of the speaker, but to those who have the realization already of what is truth and what is illusion, such fools are exposing themselves with every word. One can tell the state of consciousness of those who write literary pieces in the same way, either by the topic of importance to them about which they write, or by the quality of their realization. When you’ve heard real insight from authoritative sources like the ancient yoga texts found in the Vedas, it’s easy to tell the writing of a mental speculator or someone concocting a theory based on limited insight or zero research.

Therefore rather than reveal ourselves to be the fools that we are, it’s recommended that we hear from bona fide sources on the subject and even more importantly, a wise person will rather remain silent than open their mouths and reveal their foolishness. Is your speech the egocentric braying of a donkey, or the sweet but empty birdsong of a canary, or do you have real insight that acts like the roar of a lion to chase away the jackals and hyenas trying to scrounge a stolen prize while merely pretending to be the pride of the plains?

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Traditionally yogis would never eat anything cooked by another person not engaged in yoga because the consciousness of the cook is said to go into and affect the food and thereafter also the person eating the food.

I don't like this mindset. i think part of wisdom or enlightnement is knowing that you aren't the only person with wisdom. others may be wise in different ways, and may even disagree with you outright. I think humility says to accept the meal even if cooked by one you don't see eye to eye with -- so long as it is offered with good intentions.


The traditional yoga culture of India is indeed odd to us in the modern world. Your opinion is however based on a concocted sentimental mental speculation and has no philosophical grounding or authoritative backing. Nevertheless you are entitled to your opinion.
You are correct about humility though. It is the primary quality of a yogi. Traditionally very advanced self-realized souls were known to live from begging, and still do, but being vegetarian they would never eat food cooked by a non-vegetarian for example. That is what the yoga texts recommend, otherwise your consciousness is dragged down. You may not understand this because it is too subtle for your educational level on yoga. Some advanced yogis simply dig in the leftover food rubbish, and live off scraps like that, being very detached, but subtler concepts like the consciousness affecting the food are scriptural or Vedic Sanskrit brahminical standards, not mundane sentimental western speculations. Having trained under yogis in India, I learned this from them so I'm simply repeating what I heard. Your opinion shows that you are somewhat aware but not trained in the subtle science of yoga or self-realization.


I agree.
I think the most important thing is to be grateful for the food you have on your table. Even if the cook was angry at the time, you are so powerful as an eternal being that you can make anything good and see it from a different perspective.


As mentioned in the previous comment reply, your sentimental speculation is a concocted opinion and shows that you have little understanding of the yoga practice of India. I appreciate your opinion but obviously it does not qualify as anything more than that - your misguided speculation. Keep studying from real yogis and you will find out that there is more to the subtle science than what western body-conscious "yoga" at the gym will teach you. You may think you are powerful, well done, but I have along way to go before I can call myself that powerful. I will rather listen to the Vedas, the yoga texts than to your speculation. Keep studying, you are on the right track.


I personally think that it's all about how strong your belief is.
Like a placebo and nocebo effect. You can either heal or harm yourself with your own thoughts.

Something we have always known deep inside but only recently it has come to light to more people thanks to the internet.

So much wisdom released in your post @julianhorack. 💕

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Thank you @wonderwop, I appreciate your positive feedback.

H-m-m interesting! I never really fully connected with that idea of what you eat effects what comes out of your mouth and reveals the state of your mind but I like this connection and this helps build my awareness. It also has me wanting to watch what I'm eating more and checking in on the state of my mind.
Thanks for sharing this!


Thank you for your interest, you are a sincere seeker and practice mindfulness to your benefit. The intake of foodstuffs does affect us negatively, particularly items like alcohol and also meat products according to the yoga tradition of India.

Krishna was not someone from this planet and the knowledge that bring toward us was to lift the human awareness of the immense consciousness of the universe.

It was an entity from another place with more knowledge that the current state of our evolution. Universe born and die!


Yes you could be right there, Krishna mentioned in the Gita is said to be from another planet. In previous ages we were apparently visited by such beings. I wonder if it is still possible today? Apparently we are too degraded nowadays to receive such exalted guests.

I was thinking how blessed we are to have so many open minded people in Steemit. :) Living in Houston my husband and I would go to the Krishna Temple and enjoy food with them.


Good to hear, yes we can learn a lot from the monks at the temples. I was one of them for 10 years in Cape Town temple, where I trained and studied the Gita.

This is a profound and truth-full post. The way we speak is a mirror of our soul.

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You are very kind and thoughtful. Thanks for the inspiring words. I will endeavor to put in words more of the insights I was taught from the Gita by yogis in India.

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Words are incredibly powerful, and sometimes even moreso when you don't use them. Over the years, I've found that sometimes the simplest and most difficult way to win an argument is to say nothing at all. Excellent and thought provoking post @julianhorack, and...



Thank you Traci for your positive feedback. Yes silence is a powerful use of your speech capacity, particularly in a heated dialogue. The ability to control the tongue in an argument is a clear sign of maturity and forethought, showing that your frontal lobes have not been overridden by the mammalian or reptilian fight or flight response.

So long as you're happy all is well


Cheers mate, all's well that writes well.

I prefer to speak from my heart and at many times I bypass the mind. This world is filled with temptations that are designed to lure one off the simple path!


Purity is the force, may the force be with you and within your heart, empowering your words.

It just makes perfect sense to me that everything we take in, physical food and drink, thoughts and emotions of others, and the impressions all around us have an impact on our entire being.

The quality of our food including the energy it is prepared with, will have an impact on how it nurtures us, or not. And how nurtured we are on all levels will affect those moments when we know we can have a choice ~ To say or not to say.

Good to remember when I'm rushing around the kitchen, just so that I can get back to my 'real' work ~ That how I am NOW will affect how my food is absorbed later on and consequently my 'creativity.' 😊


Yes good insight there Alison.

I have to be honest, my tongue hasn't been the same quite lately but not all is bad. Reading your post has allowed me to see some everyday things that sometimes I miss. What one's eat is definitely a mood changer, therefore it affects our speech like you stated. I'm gonna add this one to my favs, it was fantastic reading this; Probably needed it. A perfect storm, perhaps?


A winter storm indeed. I'm glad the timing was right for you. These points seem simple but they are subtly powerful in their effect - what we eat does affect our minds and the words are the symptom of the state of mind.

Straight from the heart.


Lol yes my heart is absorbed in it, but also based on the intellect or on written information from my years of training in the yoga ashram and under monks in India.

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Thank you, I appreciate your input.

Very interesting post😊

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Thank you, it's based on genuine yoga teachings by monks from India, from a centuries old tradition.