Don’t see through others; see others through
To see through others means to look for faults in others even when none are evident.
To see others through means to help others manage their limitations so that they can go through and grow through difficulties.
While interacting with others, we often have a faultfinding tendency. Even if others don’t have any evident faults, we still want to find some fault somewhere.
In fact, some people consider finding faults in the seemingly faultless a sign of cleverness. And they consider publicizing those faults in the most biting way a sign of expertise. However, the Bhagavad-gita (16.04) cautions that such harshness characterizes the demonic nature.
In contrast, a godly nature is characterized by an aversion to faultfinding (16.02). Godly people don’t like to find faults because they are too busy finding God in others. That is, they are focused on discovering and nourishing others’ potential for spiritual growth.
Gita wisdom explains that we all are souls who are parts of the omnipotent supreme, Krishna. We are on a multi-life journey of spiritual evolution. In this challenging journey, we are meant to help each other evolve.
During the course of life, sometime or the other, we all will be brought down by difficulties externally and deficiencies internally. When others are felled thus, instead of gleefully broadcasting their fall to the world, we need to empathically extend a helping hand. Though sometimes pointing out others’ faults can help them grow, we need to cautiously ensure that our feedback doesn’t dishearten them. Who knows, tomorrow we may be in their position and need their help and encouragement for pressing on amidst our struggles.
Even if they don’t reciprocate by helping us, still Krishna will note and reciprocate with our nonjudgmental service attitude. And when we go through difficulties, he acting from within will see us through.
Think it over:
- Why are godly people averse to faultfinding?
- How does spiritual knowledge increase our empathy?
- How can our service attitude help if others don’t reciprocate?
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