Satya is based on the truth but not bound by it. For example, let's say a killer asks us if we know where his victim is hiding and we happen to know where it is, it is not Satya to answer the truth, because that would not be helpful and would only lead to suffering. So Satya is about being truthful but with an honest aspiration to say only what is kind and necessary. There are many types of signs in our lives that show us whether we are living this principle or not. Here are some of them:

Half-truths - If we purposely omit a fact from our conversation that would be relevant to the listener, then we are not acting according to Satya. We may list a series of events none of which is a lie, and yet purposely phrase them in order to omit a specific fact, in which case we are not acting according to Satya. For example, a husband that works from 9-5, comes home at 8 one day, and when his wife asks him "What happened, why did you come home this late?" he replies "Sorry I had to work later than usual because an urgent issue that came up". It is a true fact that he worked later than usual, until 6, and then spent 2 hours in a hotel with someone else.

Second intentions - If we say something that is exactly true but have an agenda behind saying that to a particular person, then it is not pure or well-intended. 

Suppositions - When we are not sure about the facts, and yet still choose to pass on a story as if we knew it to be true. The listener does not know how sure we are, so he will assume it to be true and pass it on himself.

Erroneous conclusions - When we start from a story that we know to be true and then add our own ideas as to what the people were thinking or why they might have acted in a certain way.

Unnecessary truths - Gossip for example. Each fact we are stating can be correct to the smallest detail, but if that is not bringing any relevant knowledge to the listener and we are only saying it to feel important because we know about someone else's life, then that's not Satya.

Exaggeration - Exaggerating the truth to make a point (e.g. "You are always watching TV"). Usually when the words always or never are used, it's a good indicator that we are not being Satya.

Generalizations - Usually when it comes to society, all people are slightly different. So if we are saying generalizing something about an age group, gender, city population or anything else, we are likely to be neglecting that not everyone in there will think or act in the same way.

Irony or sarcasm - Can be a gentle form of untruth. Even if it's not harmful, it can push us away from the mindset of Satya.

White lies - Untruthful facts that we say, regarding issues which don’t seem important

Plain lies - Facts that we know are untruthful. And they don't have to be mean, could be as simple as saying "I love you" and knowing it not to be true anymore.

Inadequate language - Foul language, strong language, unkind language.

Dishonesty with ourselves - The truth is rarely convenient. But if we deal with our immediate concerns as they come up, even if that means recognizing actions or feelings that we are reluctant to admit (e.g. lust, fear, anger, jealousy), we will take care of small matters before they become big. Often we have great fears or deep reactions that we don't understand, and that can be because of something that was once small, but grew larger and got buried deeper within ourselves, because it needed to bring further circumstances into our lives to justify its existence. Being attentive and honest with ourselves will avoid these types of situations that lead to our emotions driving us, rather than our consciou