Dangerous ways

 

 

How many things do we mix
Put in the same pot
Lose the sharp look
To differentiate?

Slip in thoughts
Are deluded in results
Stay in the wilderness
In the jungle of ignorance

How many things do we declare
To know them, without knowing
Without personal experiences
Adopt, accept without checking?

Are proud of acquired opinions
Soup of light and shadow
We defend angrily, vehemently
Leaving traces of violence

So we eat our meal
Convinced of its taste
Ignoring the risk
To upset the stomach of our spirit…

DidiArtis, 15.06.2019

 
 

Selfless Service – by Sant Kirpal Singh

An excerpt from the book: “Morning Talks” by Sant Kirpal Singh

 

 

Selfless service is done in two ways. The first way is physical service. If somebody is sick, go and serve him. Shall I see somebody in need, hungry, naked, poor fellow? The Masters have always been for the poor, for the needy, to console them, to raise them up to the level of every man. If we do that, if everyone would share with others, there would be no poor in the world. Why are men so needy and hungry? Because we don’t share. So by sharing with others, our self expands. At the very moment of giving you feel a little joy within. That is the compensation you get, direct. But whenever you give, don’t give with the hope that you will have a return. Give for the sake of sharing with others. Sometimes we give for the reward that we will get in heaven. This is not the way, selfless giving is what is needed. This is one of the qualifications for one who would like to progress on the Spiritual way. So he is a man, who lives for others, who shares with others, with the needy, with the hungry, with those who are in very poor circumstances and cannot go on. What do we do? We feed our children very richly, while the children of our neighbours die of hunger. This is not what is wanted.

One of the Mohammedan saints, who happened to be a lady, once prepared to go to Mecca on pilgrimage. Mecca is a place of pilgrimage for Mohammedans and is located in Arabia. She had some money for the journey and as she was about start, she noticed some poor, hungry fellow in the neighbourhood. She gave away everything to him and so was not able to go to the place of pilgrimage. What was the result? An angel appeared to her and said that her pilgrimage had been accepted. You follow what is meant? The man who lives on his own earnings, earned by the sweat of his brow, honestly, and who shares with others, such a man only is fit to progress on the Spiritual way. Give not for the sake of compensation or return. Give for the sake of sharing with others. That is your duty towards your brothers and sisters.

A mother, whose children are hungry, will take out a morsel from her own mouth and give it to the children. She does not care for any return. So help others with that angle of vision, with that spirit. We give sometimes for show. That is only for name and fame. That charity is no charity. Christ said, “If one hand gives, the other hand should not know”. If one hand gives something, let not your other hand know about it. So this is what is meant by charity.

 

 

Pride between opinions

 

Opposing views
May be so much repelling
That they create huge walls
Between themselves and human beings

It is the pride
That lies in-between
Inability, attachment
Blocking them to come closer

Old paths well-trodden
Unproved, unchecked adopted
With little or no experiences
Teeth defended grindingly

Built on half-truths and less
Binding affinities
Clinging to personal conviction
Lashed views

Oneness broken in opinions
Show that something is wrong
When people go apart
Leave the circle of unity

DidiArtist, 14.05.2018

Self-cheating

We just want to hear
What we like
Any truth that is contrary to us
We sweep under the carpet

Are we afraid
That our innermost is discovered?

Are we anxious
That the truth harms others?

Are we frightened
That we lose appreciation?

Are we scared
That our ego is losing something?

It is an illusory world
That we are building
Leading us to dependency
On the opinions of others…

How much honesty towards ourselves do we have?…

DidiArtist, 20.10.2019

 

Knowledge and Ignorance

 

 

What we don’t know
We ignore
What we know
We sell as omniscient…

What we don’t know
We reject, compensate with know-it-all
Enveloped in our pride
An intellectual fight

With no light
Just tight in mind…

DidiArtist 08.10.2019

 
 

Kabir and King Ibrahim: story about ego/pride and humbleness

 

 

Story told by Sant Kirpal Singh in His book “The light of Kirpal”

 

Ibrahim was a Saint, he was a king who left his kingdom and came to Kabir, lived with Him for three, four years. He was quite obedient and did not ask for anything. Whatever was given to him he would eat. He would do whatever he was told to do, like a bought slave. So Loi, the mother of the house, told Kabir, “Well, he is quite ready, will You give him something now?” And Kabir told her, “No, his vessel is not yet ready.” She said, “What more is wanted? He is very obedient; he does not say anything; whatever you give him, he eats; he never grumbles.” “All right, tomorrow morning when he goes out of the door of the house, you put all of the refuse of the house into a basket and throw it over his head. Then, listen to what he says.” Next morning when Ibrahim went out of the house, Loi put all the house refuse over his head. Ibrahim said, “Now! Had this been Bokhara . . .” (He was the king of Bokhara, you see), “this would not have been.” His ego was still there . . . “I am a great man living at His door.” When she told Kabir, He said, “1 told you, his vessel is not yet ready.” Then some years passed. He remained there for more than ten years. Then one day Kabir said, “Now the vessel is ready.” Loi said, “There is no difference outwardly.” [Kabir:] “All right, tomorrow morning when he goes out, just throw all of the night waste over his head.” The next morning she did so. Ibrahim said, “God, I am worse than that.” And Kabir said, “Didn’t I tell you? He’s now ready, you see.”

 

 

 

Reprehensibility

Who is proud
To kill people
Does not deserve
To be called a human

DidiArtist, 11.07.2022

Fights in the world

 

 

Everywhere we see fights
Brother against brother
Sister against siser
Family fights

Everywhere we see fights
People mark their rights
Fight for interests, religions
In thoughts, talks and actions

Parties are against parties
Political oponents, smarties
Groups against groups
Countries against countries

Cultures compare, measure, judge
Who is better who is worse
Attitude of arrogance, anti-humilation
Pride in fights

Where to find this evil behaviour?
In us, in each of us…
But mankind is one
Not yet done

Our fight should not be against others
Not against sisters and brothers
Each of us should fight
Own ego, mind – becoming love and light

DidiArtist, 27.09.2019

 
 

Ego and Pride

He who considers himself a good person
Ego and pride speak from him
Usually, he is unaware of it….

DidiArtist, 28.01.2022

Ego needs applause

 

We say we want to share
But our ego is tricky
Wants to be heard and seen
Needs you, wherever you are

We fly in lies
Cheat ourselves
Are identified
With the mind

Our good words and deeds
Need ears and eyes
To caress our ego
To be proud

Silence has no witness
A way to overcome
Separation, illusion
A vortex without an echo

DidiArtist, 25.02.2012

 

Praise and Pride

Just because we are excellent in one field
This does not mean we are familiar with all disciplines
However, we often act as if we would be
Thus we deceive ourselves and our fellow human beings.

In this way, we are carried away
In a torrent of arrogance

Are open to praises
Equally averse to criticism

Addicted to being acknowledged…

DidiArtist, 18.05.2022

Injured pride

We are proud of what we know
Proud of what we have achieved
We boast with pride
Woe betide anyone who hurts that pride
We react hurt
We strike back
Without realising
That pride is a relative of our ego

When we put pride aside
We become humble
Begin to understand
What hurts us and why
It is a bitter medicine
To break through the armour of our pride

Are we ready for it?
Are we ready to look beyond our minds?
Instead of clinging to pride?

DidiArtist, 04.12.2021

Making decisions

Between good and bad
There is a small bridge
It is our choice
Which way we take

Sometimes we do not know
If good is bad
And bad is good
We may decide wrongly

We are convinced our side is correct
Are not really weighing pros and contras
Does my decision only help me
Or does it help others or both

Injustice cannot be justified by silence
For silence means consent
Do we condemn when we speak the truth
If thereby enlightenment is procured?

To be accused of condemnation
Is it a tool of defense, of attack
To oppose the truth
To refuse to believe it?

Sometimes we have to decide
Even if the mind is hurt
But the soul remains untouched
Only pride feels hurt

Between good and bad
There is a small bridge
It is our choice
Which way we take…

DidiArtist, 03.12.2021

Effects of a false pride

How many times our necks were broken
Due to our false pride
Because we are not ready
To give in
To overcome our stubborness…

DidiArtist, 14.01.2022

Wounded pride

 

 

How it is possible to understand higher mathematics
If the foundation is missing…

On how many misunderstandings do we build our knowledge
And hold on tight to it…

Then when hearing the truth
We cannot accept it and are offended…

We prefer ignorance and old habits
Instead of questioning them…

It is our pride to admit
That we made mistakes…

Because everything that is in fashion seems right to us
Inducing us to do our best to copy everything…

Well, we’re more sheep than we think
If a sheep runs into the fire
Then all the others run after it…

Who can handle the truth…?

DidiArtist, 16.07.2020

 
 

Fear and ignorance

We defend our point of view
And equate it
With the point of view of others
Without knowing it

It is a protective measure
To continue to go in the direction
That brings us joy and sorrow
Worldly pleasures, disappointments

It is our pride and ego
Not allowing us
To accept another point of view
That rises above doubt and ignorance

It is the trust in the old familiar
Fear of the new way
Fear of having made a mistake
Which is difficult to overcome

For as long as we do not really know something
We do not grant this knowledge to another person
We feel hurt
When new truths oppress us

It is not the knowledge of being better
Compared to other lifestyles
It is a knowledge of humility, not of boasting
What we see normally in the world

Knowledge of practice is required, not theory
Where all the world theorises
Not realising how to live the truth
Instead, faith is followed blindly – in ignorance

It is our lack
Longing for the truth
Leading it through muddy grounds
Instead of living, experiencing it for ourselves

We run after fashion
Do not question it
Do not know its impact, essence
Blindly follow our herd instinct

Ignorance is our biggest problem
Build truth on half-truth, ignorance
And defend our point of view
As if it were the truth…

Truth is beyond fashion, beyond herd instinct
It has no will to offend
But only to be true
It is in the hands of God

God offers it to us
But we reject it
Choose the way of worldly pleasures
In which we are drifting

Like a raft on an endless sea…

DidiArtist, 26.04.2022

Develop humanity

Every country has its pride
Of its own culture
Proud of its achievement

But our pride
Of being a human being
Should be higher
Then the pride of the country

Then we begin
To respect every human being
To appreciate and love

But first, we need to evolve
To become true human beings
To share humanity with each other…

DidiArtist, 13.02.2022

Love from different viewpoints

Pride is to be in love with oneself
Compassion is love for others
Oneness is love for all and everything
Is love for God…

DidiArtist, 19.11.2021

Where we stand

Sometimes we hold on to a straw
We think it is our true home
And overlook that we are once again deceived

We stretch out our feelers everywhere only to discover the truth
And overlook that we are like a fish in water
Seeking the water, the ocean

We think we have found the truth
In the jungle fight of this world
Have a thousand irons in the fire
To make sure
That one of them is the truth
And overlook our own ignorance

We fearfully flee into thousands of directions
Losing the one direction
That leads us to the truth
Unconsciously patting ourselves on the back
What we do, think, and know
By mixing it all together
And fail to see that we are not true to ourselves

When we can let go of ourselves
Then the gate to the truth opens
The gate to our own Self…

DidiArtist, 24.11.2021

We are blind towards ourselves

Would we see the mistakes we make
How many times a day would we have to apologise

Would we see why we do or say something
We would see our selfish motives

Would we see how we treat other people
Our pride in ourselves would leave us

Would we see how we treat ourselves
Our theatre towards ourselves would end

Would we see how we struggle to gain advantages
Our self-respect would be at rock bottom

Would we see what we are doing with our lives
Would we be ashamed to the core

Would we see where our attention goes
We would perceive wasted time

Would we see the meaning of our life
We would become a different person….

DidiArtist, 06.08.2021

Flattering Pride

After every good deed
Our pride flatters

May pride and ego stay away
As well our knowledge
Of having done something good….

DidiArtist, 06.28.2021

Kind of blindness

Pride in oneself
Keeps away any gratitude
Leads to know everything better
Compares itself with the rest of the world
Puts the own person high
And keeps others low…

There is a lack of courage
To admit that…

DidiArtist, 15.06.2021

Surrender of the proud intellect

Only when we deeply have understood
That we cannot understand everything
The river bows to the ocean…

DidiArtist, 03.07.2021