How can we be smarter than the wicked ones?
- We have to learn.
How can we be smarter than the wicked ones, but not harm others?
- To have the prajnã – wisdom -- that is above all wickedness and wholesomeness, to see clearly the moves in a chess game as the result of serving a purpose, to have an aspiration for the human community, and to transcend the human ego, the mundane character, in order to see others as equal without any discrimination.
To learn a lesson thoroughly, we should start with easy steps, then progress to the more difficult steps, to decide what we want to have, and to weigh favorable and unfavorable circumstances. The more difficult and challenging is the lesson, the deeper it is.
A lesson begins in the quiet surroundings of the tumultuous “life market,” then moves to society and nation, and eventually serves humanity and all sentient beings.
At each step, the lessons are becoming more challenging; but they can be mastered, since the level and the energy force of the religious practitioner have increased with the learning process. Therefore, it may sound difficult, but it is not, since all functions will develop and advance fastidiously. An illuminated mind will recognize all the facts in a clearer and more accurate manner to make appropriate reactions,and deal with them more effectively.
If we want to learn, we will have a chance to do it. We should grasp that chance rather than being doubtful or intimidated and running away from it. The more we run away from a chance to learn, the more difficult and complicated a lesson is. We should face the lesson in a natural and detached manner, so that it will be less tangled and easier to cope with.
To learn from others, we should listen to them rather than to ourselves. To know and understand more about others, we should seem more “ignorant,” “feeble,” or “confused” than others. If we prove that we know, we will close the door to their souls.
To obtain better results in our work, we should know the changes in the minds of others.
If we know about ourselves, we also know about others. At the same time, we should know that others have only one part that is like us, so we should learn about all their other parts. In other words, we should learn about the part of us that is inside them, but in each one of them there are other parts that are different.
To be more precise: parts of A are different from those in B. Parts of a man are different from those in a woman; parts in a child are different from those in an old man; and parts of an old man are different from those in an old woman. Furthermore, there are differences in external circumstances and ethnic origins.
In addition, if we have spent more than half of our life to learn about ourselves, do we have enough time to learn about others?
The answer is that we should learn from a number of people in order to have some common samples and denominations, first from our contacts and work environment and then beyond that.
This process will help us to increase the speed of our work to catch up with the pace of Providence.