Humility is the mother of all virtues.
Do you feel this?
Think about it.
If you have every virtue except this one of humility,
you will be a virtuous human being
who is arrogant about your virtues.
However, as someone who is all virtuous, as well as humble,
you will be an incarnation
of the divine.
Humility as a Power
Real humility should never be confused
with low self-esteem
I’ll share a very personal secret with you:
Just as I would never seek to control anyone,
neither will I ever allow anyone to control me.
Just as I would never force myself on anyone,
neither will anyone ever be able to force themselves on me.
These are not the words of arrogance.
On the contrary, they are the words of self-respect.
Real humility, that is, humility as a power,
Is another word for self-respect.
If your humility is real,
then that humility will carry you,
keep you on top of everything,
as if humility were like wings,
born of enthusiasm for your beautiful truth.
Humility teaches you the art of flying.
The destination might be very high,
but with wings such as these,
you will definitely succeed.
Another secret is that
Your ego is not going to go away just like that.
In fact, it is going to follow you everywhere!
Even into meditations filled with great light…
You’ll just be sitting there when all of a sudden,
this or that thought from your limited self will emerge,
pulling you down in a second.
To come down like that means you are still open
to influences of a lesser order.
This is a sign of ego.
Actually, any time you are negatively influenced,
either by internal or external sources,
the root cause of it is ego.
Ego is very subtle,
which is why it is not easily detected.
It works underground
undermining your very foundation of truth.
Anything, everything, can end up inflating it:
people’s comments, criticisms,
all sorts of circumstances and situations-
anything can act as a trigger.
And you are taken over completely.
However, if you stay alert and pay attention to yourself,
you will be able to maintain your humility
You will be able to remember
that whatever is happening
is a test.
You are being tested on your determination
to not allow anything to touch your wings.
Be very careful about how to use your eyes and ears.
Talk to them. Tell your eyes, ‘This is how you must see!’
and your ears, ‘This is not what you’re going to listen to!’
Maintain your self-respect by remembering
that you are not going to allow ego to reach you,
you are going to keep it behind you…
While you just continue to fly.
The Humility of a Tree
The greatest virtue of all is humility.
This is because humility allows you to be virtuous
with others, unconditionally.
See the humility of a fruit tree.
When it is in season
and its branches are full of fruit,
see how they bend and bow,
making it easy for others to take what they have to offer.
Similarly, when your character is full of virtue,
then your willingness to bow and bend
makes it easy for others to take
all you have to offer.
A tree whose branches start high up
will not be able to bend and bow very much.
For this reason, it is difficult to take its fruits.
Ego is like that.
You may be holding your head up very high,
but in fact, you are not offering anything of much value
Just think about it.
What would a life filled with humility be like?
And what is it like without it?
God is the Highest on High.
Yet God is completely humble.
Even though He is the One who does everything,
He hides Himself away, saying, ‘I don’t do anything.’
No matter how high we reach,
we, too, must always be humble.
In order to develop the humility of self-respect,
you need to understand yourself deeply and clearly.
You need to understand the power of your own truth,
and then, develop your character on the basis of that.
The humility of self-respect comes from knowing
what you were, originally
and are, eternally.
In other words, it means
to know yourself
as a child of God.
For this, internal honesty
to your highest self and to God
is very important.
So is patience.
Also, always think of yourself as a continual learner.
Never think that you have found everything,
done everything, know everything.
Never entertain negative feelings
or biased ideas about people.
Keep your heart very open and clean,
because humility needs a good home to dwell in.
At the deepest layers of your being,
pure currents of your original state still exist.
These currents are free from ego.
The more your meditation takes you into soul consciousness,
the more you will experience this ego-free you.
To experience this is to know you are coming close to God.
– Jewels from Dadi Janki