Vasishtha sent for tried messengers and said to them: "Start at once. Go
straight and swift to Kekaya. See that you wear no sign of sorrow on your face or show it
in your behaviour. Bharata should not know that the King is dead. Tell him simply that the
family preceptor and ministers want his presence at once in Ayodhya and bring him along
with you with all the speed you may. Tell him nothing about Raama and Seeta going to the
forest or the King's death on account of grief. To avoid all suspicion, take with you the
usual gifts of jewels and precious garments for presentation to the King of Kekaya."
From this we can understand the meaning of
what the Shaastras and Kural say about Truth. Truthfulness should be such that it
needlessly hurts no being in the world. The test for right conduct including truthfulness
is harmlessness. This does not mean that truth is underrated.