Meaning: According to the Rigved 1/147/5 — we should save ourselves from those who are constantly busy in slander and picking holes in other people's character. The reason for this is that by remaining near them, our nature also becomes similar.
Message: It is said that man sees even a small blemish in another person, but cannot see big blots on his own. He gets great joy in discussing others' faults by enhancing them and making them spicy. The height of it is that in front of a person, such people flatter him and behind his back slander him. Flattery or sycophancy and slander reveal the low level of such a person. By indulging in slander, gradually the person's view becomes such that he starts seeing bad everywhere and he fails to see even the good qualities of other.
People slander others under the influence of ego and hypocrisy. The belief arises in them like, "I only am highly intelligent, valorous, responsible and the rest are useless, ignorant and shirkers." With this attitude, he starts considering others as petty and tries to find fault also in the good points of others. Whether others' interests are harmed or hot, but his own progress is affected. Many individuals themselves do seeking others' faults without any reason. Such a person slanders others and tries to show them as inferior by trying to hide his own weakness. Malice and jealousy act like fuel and contribute to increase in slander. Most people do not know how to recognize others' qualities and go on falsely accusing them. They themselves do not possess skills for any work but finds faults with others just like a person not knowing dancing, blaming the floor or the stage as uneven. Those who have no clear aim for themselves, no plan for the good use of time, they only waste their time in gossip and slander. The intoxication of slander does not give them any time to think and understand anything. The disease of increasing one's own reputation by showing others as inferior is prevalent everywhere these days.
The situation is becoming more and more dangerous day by day. Nobody cares to read the biographies of great men nor do they try to learn something from them. Nobody likes to talk about the renunciation, service, bravery, firmness and other good qualities of Lord Shri Ram and Lord Krishna and other great men like, Rana Pratapm Chhsatrapati, Shivaji, Lokamanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhashchandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shastri etc. Everywhere the paraphernalia of sexual lust obscenity and denouncement of other is available in plenty, whether it is literature, radio or TV etc.
One should never slander others, because that stains our own soul. There is some good quality or other in every man. Like the honey-bee going from flower to flower, we should cultivate the habit of seeing good qualities in others. By doing this, the heart becomes clean and pure. When you start seeing the good qualities in others and your own faults, you will realize that you yourself are full of faults and bad tendencies.
Cleansing ourselves is possible if we save ourselves from indulging in slander.