Stories of Humility – Part 2

Stories of Humility – Part 2


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“The crown of a good disposition is humility.” – Arab Proverb

There was a joke like this, that one gentleman was going on the staircase and another was coming from the top. So this gentleman who was going up there said to the other, “please move.”  So he said, “I don’t move for fools.”  The person who was climbing up said, “but I do,” and he moved out.

That’s how the humility works. You have to be humble in your approach to others.

I mean, English language is outwardly very humble, like you must say “please”, you must say “thank you”, ten times — “please, please, please, thank you, thank you, thank you,” but not in the heart.

Like supposing somebody doesn’t say ‘thank you’, the other person may even beat you. “Why didn’t you say ‘thank you’ to me?” – this is not humility.

Humility is that in no way you try to aggress others.

And if others are aggressive, you accept it as a childish thing, as a stupid thing, as a foolish thing, it has no meaning:

Because you are so powerful, you can bear it.

That is the humility which you have to practice.

(Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Melbourne, Australia, 1991)

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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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  • Sulakshana
    Feb 26, 2013
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    good one.

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