Buddha Vacana (August 9, 2555)
On one occasion, the monk Visakha of the Pancalas was teaching Dhamma in the assembly hall. As the evening approached, the Lord rose from solitary mediation, went to the hall and sat down on a seat made ready for him. Then he asked: “Who was teaching Dhamma so well?”
“It was, Lord, the monk Visakha.”
Then the Lord said: “Well done, Visakha, well done. Well have you instructed and uplifted, enlightened and inspired the monks in language polished, distinct, free from roughness, revealing the meaning, comprehensive and unbiased.” Then the Lord said further:
“If he does not speak, others will not know him,
He is just a wise man mixed up with the fools.
But if he speaks about and teaches the Immortal,
Others will know him.
So light up the Dhamma,
Lift the banner of the sages high.
Sages have illuminating speech as their banner.
Dhamma is the banner of sages.”