I have been struggling recently with trying to understand the unkindness and desire to cause hurt, that lies in humans. Unkindness towards ourselves, those close to us, and complete strangers alike.
Meditation (and/or the right kind of Yoga) helps, with understanding or rather accepting, this sensibility. Insight practices help to tap into the reality that there is something deeper and important at play than our egos and delusions.
However, with a busy lifestyle, daily stresses and limited reflection time, it can be all too easy to get wrapped up in this nonsense, and thus our false sense of a separate self, can be hurt by it.
Meditation certainly helps, but this quote really helped me to put some greater perspective on it. So I thought I would share it here.
I hope that it helps someone else also make sense of a difficult situation, somehow.
A note: ‘God’ tends to have connotations of a fixed, religious sensibility or persuasion, which can sometimes, oftentimes, set people apart rather than bring together. I heard recently a druid say they were spiritual, not religious, because religion meant war.
You can, if you prefer, replace that more limited understanding of ‘A God’ in this quote, with a broader sense, of merely a force greater than the individual.
The sense of something bigger at play than selfish intent and will, that can be used in place of ‘God’. Whatever word you like that satisfies that notion for you. (Maybe, simply, The Universe, will work as a replacement word in this quotation).
Anyway here it is, and if you have any thoughts, please share them below.
I have highlighted in bold the two lines which sum the quote up for me. The words I hope I can carry away with me, to be a better person in this world.
“Love the creatures for the sake of God and not for themselves.
You will never become angry or impatient if you love them for the sake of God.
Humanity is not perfect. There are imperfections in every human being, and you will always become unhappy if you look toward the people themselves.
But if you look toward God, you will love them and be kind to them, for the world of God is the world of perfection and complete mercy.
Therefore, do not look at the shortcomings of anybody; see with the sight of forgiveness.
The imperfect eye beholds imperfections.
The eye that covers faults looks toward the Creator of souls.
He created them, trains and provides for them, endows them with capacity and life, sight and hearing; therefore, they are the signs of His grandeur.
You must love and be kind to everybody, care for the poor, protect the weak, heal the sick, teach and educate the ignorant.”