Humility

11th Oct 2002
Kalacakra das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Here is a couple of nice statements by Srila Prabhupada about Humility and Tolerance in the purport for BG 13.8-12.

"Humility means that one should not be anxious to have the satisfaction of being honored by others." 

"Tolerance means that one should be practiced to bear insult and dishonor from others."

This reminds me of the Sikshaashtakam verse -

tṛṇād api su-nīcena taror api sahiṣṇunā
amāninā māna-dena kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ

"One should chant the holy names of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street. One should be more tolerant than a tree devoid of all sense of false prestige and should be ready to offer all respects to others. In such a state of mind, one can chant the holy names of the Lord, constantly.

So if we are humble (sunica), we will not be anxious to receive honor. If we are not anxious for honor, we will be tolerant (sahishnu) to all the dishonours/insults that come to us. If we do not mind the dishonours (amani), then we become wide-hearted and will be ready to respect everybody (manada). Hence, the main quality to cultivate is Humility. Rest everything will follow automatically.

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra das