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Humility and Pride.

 

The word “humility” comes from the Latin humilitas (humus), which means “fertile land” or simply “earth”.
Anthony of Sourozh clearly defined the essence of this word: “And if you take the earth as a parable, then it lies silent, open under the sky … And the seed she takes, and the manure and everything that we throw out of our lives; it plows a plow and deeply wounds it, and it remains open, silent … It takes everything and produces the fruit from everything.
Humility is precisely the state of the human soul, the human life, which is silently, resignedly accepting everything that will be given and from all to bear fruit “

From the religious point of view being humble means gratefully recognizing our dependence on God, it means understanding that we are constantly in need of your support.
Humility means to recognize that our talents and abilities are gifts of God. It is not a sign of weakness, shyness or fear; indicates that we know where our true strength lies. We can be humble and fearless We can be humble and brave.

Humility is one of the most powerful tools for curbing the ego, the most disturbing aspect of our personality.

Although in our daily life the ego, in some situations, may even be our best friend, but in the spiritual life it is a source of great concern.

Many studies have found an interesting fact that people in poor countries are among the happiest people in the world.
Perhaps the key is that they do not cling to property and do not constantly seek monetary benefits in communicating with each other.
They also help each other more easily and share their sorrows and joy with each other.

If a person has succeeded in money or status, he must strive even more for humility, which comes from respect for the surrounding people. This is also true for an educated person.

From a spiritual point of view, all worldly knowledge is often an obstacle on the Path. And in order to gain knowledge, one must become small (humble), cultivate in itself sufficient virtues, and this is impossible to buy.

We must learn to look at our achievements as God’s mercy and our mistakes, as our own, which needs improvement. This will make us humble.

What does it mean for you? Many people interpret humility as a lack of position in upholding their point of view and rights.

I want to tell you that this has nothing to do with humility. Humility is not a rejection of activity, but on the contrary, the most effective form of its realization is a state of mind when we notice and interact with the laws of life.

To better understand what humility is, I will give an example of a yacht under sail and the captain who manages it.
If the captain wants to be successful in his voyage and achieve some goals, get to some shores, and do it as soon as possible, then what will he do?
He will set sail in accordance with the direction and force of the wind.
This is humility. The captain respects the laws of life and cooperates with them.

Humility is not only the acceptance of life, it is the acceptance of oneself and one’s own path. Humility is the freedom in relation to yourself, to be yourself, not to play in some kind of false roles.

Humility is when you do not adjust to the outside world, by realizing your most important values, and always live in contact with them. This is freedom.

And now check whether you are free?
Internal freedom is the foundation of happiness.

I want to tell you a story about the so-called freedom.

*** Talking with a hermit, a merchant argued that, thanks to wealth, he was spared the need to indulge someone’s desires or tastes.

“Well,” – he exclaimed, – “well, when did you choose today a place to park your caravan, which was more important: the beauty of the terrain or the availability of food for the animals?”

“Clearly, the abundance of herbs has decided my choice,” – the merchant replied.

“It turns out that even though you are rich, you live according to the taste of the cattle,” – the hermit laughed. ***

Today, freedom is often measured by some external achievements: career, power, wealth. Let’s seriously think about it. When you have all this, do you think you are free? Or is it precisely these careers, power and wealth – that control you and determine what you should do?

Think about it. A strange paradox. People earn money, make a career to become free, but the more they earn them, the more unfree they become.

“The proud seek a special love for himself. The humble loves himself, expecting nothing in return. “Mother Teresa

Pride, on the other hand, means that I do not care about what the laws of life are, I will act the way I want. Pride also means I do not care what my needs are, I will do what is prestigious, what is valued now, what is fashionable, what gives a sense of superiority over others.

Pride is an extreme self-confidence, a terrible spiritual illness, which is very difficult to cure.
Symptoms of pride include a thirst for praise, impatience for teaching and reproaches, suspiciousness, rancor, condemnation of others; a constant game on the stage in the presence of strangers, in order to show oneself from the pious side, carefully concealing its shortcomings.
Knowledge, experience and ability proud begin to overestimate, eager to command, convinced of the rightness of his path.

Pride, on the other hand, means that I do not care about what the laws of life are, I will act the way I want. Pride also means I do not care what my needs are, I will do what is prestigious, what is valued now, what is fashionable, what gives a sense of superiority over others.

Pride is an extreme self-confidence, a terrible spiritual illness, which is very difficult to cure.
Symptoms of pride include a thirst for praise, impatience for teaching and reproaches, suspiciousness, rancor, condemnation of others; a constant game on the stage in the presence of strangers, in order to show oneself from the pious side, carefully concealing its shortcomings.
Knowledge, experience and ability proud begin to overestimate, eager to command, convinced of the rightness of his path.

In modern society, meekness and humility are placed below pride and vanity, which are no longer considered to be the greatest vices, but a necessary attribute of every “decent” person.

Looking at life as a pleasure quickly leads to disappointment, partly because sometimes earthly pleasures are associated with great suffering: you want to enjoy, and life gives you only bitterness and strikes, you want to be rich, but when you reach wealth, you lose health, you want to love, but you do not like.

Thus, pleasure becomes a misfortune, and in the soul of a deprived person, there is nothing left – one disappointment and an overwhelming spiritual emptiness, leading to serious mental illnesses.

There are conventions that pride leads to physiological and pathological changes in the human body: diseases of the cardiovascular system and neuropsychic diseases, psychopathy, schizophrenia, radiculitis, osteochondrosis and other diseases of the spine.

Everyone has the right to choose: to be humble or proud, or simply to observe reasonably everything that happens in the inner world and the external world, transforming them into something progressive.

How can you conquer pride and develop humility?

To begin with, you need to understand one important law of life: there are no accidents. Everything that happens to us, literally everything, however small or large, is a consequence of our life up to this point and is directed to our good.

But why then do all kinds of troubles and misfortunes happen to us?

If we believe pride, which tells us that we are the greatest and most beautiful, we will never understand the reasons for the troubles. But the look of pride is false.
A sober, honest look is a look of humility.

Humility tells us that we, like all other people, have many shortcomings.
And the less we will have these shortcomings, the more perfect we will become and will feel better.

We are free people and always choose between evil and good.
No misfortune in itself will make us better if we do not apply our own mind and effort.

Any trouble is called a temptation, a test, because that’s how we test ourselves – to what we direct our will – to goodness, humility or to evil, pride.
If to pride – we fall even lower, and the next test will be even harder. If to good – we get humility, make life easier.

No good thing can be accomplished successfully if you act lazily or thoughtlessly. That work on ourselves, which we are talking about, must be done thoughtfully.

You need to strive for a sober view of yourself. The most objective testimony that I am for a person is my reaction to a certain situation.

“Blessed is not he who works miracles, but he who saw his sins as the sand of the sea.”
The better a person becomes, the more he sees his sins. Because he has in his soul more and more light, and he distinguishes already such small vices, which in the twilight did not notice.

From a religious way.
The goal is to stop seeing yourself as the beginning and the end of everything. To begin to discern patterns in your life, and to see the participation of God in it, as well as the dark spirits.

How can we not be proud, while we attribute our talents to ourselves?
And yet – this is God gift.
A believer understands that to be proud of talents given to you is like boasting about someone else’s ornaments.

Are the success and happiness possible in a state of pride?

Success is certainly possible, but there is no happiness.
Think, how is it possible, if you neglect everything at all? And the life from which we have emerged as a part of it, and yourself, your nature?
Well, what kind of happiness can we talk about?

Happiness is a state of oneness with life. Happiness is to be part of the whole.

To be a part of the whole, this means the quality of humility.
To accept both the external and the inner world as they are, and live according to these winds of life.

And the consciousness or the understanding are some sails with which one represent the laws of the universe both internal and external.

The position of humility is an active position, it is a position of growth and development.
It is always connected with inspiration, enthusiasm, interest, curiosity to life, to cognition.

Humility is an amazing quality. It shows how to learn to live in the real world.
This real world and the inner, with its main needs, values, vocation, and destiny.
Learning how to master, cognize, develop, absorb, manifest all his talents, possibilities, realize himself in the external world. That’s the meaning of life.

Difficulties come into the life of every person. However, from the platform of pride, they are perceived as problems, as there is something that hinders, from what it is necessary to get rid of.
But from the values of the humility, they are perceived as tasks that put life before me and this is a completely different attitude.

That is, instead of trying to get rid of these difficulties, the opposite tendency is turned on to accept them gratefully.
The more difficulties you encounter on your way, the more potential for your development lies in them.

And now think about these same difficulties as some tasks that life puts before you, and moreover, each task has a solution.
And the solution means you have a huge potential that will unfold for you.

As you solve this problem, this huge potential will be revealed to you more and more. Think about this difficulty in a way that is built into the potential of our personal growth and development.

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