Relationship between husband & wife relies on trust.
Does Hinduism permit anyone of them (husband or wife), to hide things in any situation? (e.g. if speaking "truth" is detrimental/damaging)

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    Speaking or spreading a Lie is violation of basic rules of Dharma, known as ten Yama. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamas#Ten_Yamas. So definately it is adharma to lie no matter what the condition is, if telling truth is not possible, then one should remain silent. – Yogi Nov 27 '16 at 17:23
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    @sv. The linked post (only 1 answer so far) is discussing about "information" based truth/lie. On the contrary, Krishna distinguished the truth/lie based on "utter-able". There are stories in MahAbhArata of people going to hell, when they spoke truth for the sake of it(& ended up hurting innocents). The linked post is generalised. However, this post seems more specific to certain relationship. For example, this answer addresses the Qn more accurately compared to the linked post. Still, it's up to community, if it should be closed or not. – iammilind Nov 28 '16 at 4:15
  • @iammilind I just posted another answer there for a diff. POV. But even without it, I think it's a dup. Irrespective of the type of relationship, lie is a lie. A wife can hide money from a husband with a drinking problem to save for future. The intent could be good. Hopefully my answer should address all such relationships and scenarios. – sv. Nov 28 '16 at 4:41
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    A great saint once said that one should always tell the truth, but never a harsh truth. Dharma says to always tell the truth, a man who can steadfastly only say the truth for 12 years will realize God. To not tell a harsh truth does not mean to lie - one can simply say nothing or give an evasive, but truthful, response. – Swami Vishwananda Nov 28 '16 at 5:54

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