Stories of Humility – Part 1

Stories of Humility – Part 1

“The more noble, the more humble.” – Chinese Proverb

Dignity is never arrogant. The sign of dignity is humility.

There is a story about a person who asked a blind man – a saint – if he had seen anybody [passing by him].

So the saint said, “Yes, you are the king, I know, sir. Your servant was here first, and then your minister came, and now you have come.”

The king was amazed because this man was blind. How could a blind person see these things?

[The blind man] said, “I could make out from the humility.”

“When your servant came, he said, ‘Hey you blind man, have you seen somebody going this way?’”

“When your minister came, he said, ‘Have you seen someone going this way?’”

“But when you came, you said, ‘Sir, I am sorry to ask you such a question, but did you hear somebody was passing this way?’”

– This is what it is: Humility is a sign. How you talk to others, immediately people will know that you have the authority from God.

See the humbleness of the Divine. How It is trying to please you and amuse you and make you happy – in the nature, also in the lectures.[1]

Humility is the only way to know that there’s an ocean [of knowledge] before you.[2]

In spirituality, the first and foremost thing is that the person becomes very meek, very humble in his heart.

Humility is the power.

His humility is the one that works and his humility is the one that glorifies.[3]


[1] Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Bordi, Maharastra, India, 1985

[2] Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, London, UK, 1979

[3] Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Istanbul, Turkey, 2001

Joanne has spent half her life in Asia and half in North America. She grew up in cultures with Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian and Christian influences. Sahaja Meditation allows her to appreciate how each of these traditions have brought spiritual depth to her life.

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  • Mahavir
    Dec 31, 2008
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    so very true. in sanskrit we have a saying – “Vidya vinayena shobate” that is knowledge embraces the humble…



  • nirmala magazine
    Feb 8, 2009
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    true and beautiful. we also linked to you thru WP ~ r.



  • nilufer
    Dec 19, 2009
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    He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.*Confucius, The Confucian Analects
    Only by being humble, we can witness, watch and enjoy!



  • Bankim
    Feb 24, 2015
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    Dear Joanne,

    Thanks a million for the above post, the story so beautifully narrated by Shree Mataji, can you please email me, the year of speech and if you can email please ,

    Bankim Bhatt



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