How Understanding Other People Helps You

“Love is the source of understanding. You know intellectually that
within you resides the potential, expressed or not, for all human
emotion, thought and action. Yet, you no doubt meet or observe people
occasionally whose life and actions are repellent or unacceptable to
you. The absence of love has created a vacuum of understanding. For
the meditating person, there should not be a single human being whose
actions, habits, opinions or conduct lies beyond your ability to love
and understand.

Try this. This week look at everyone you meet, and feel, from your
finger tips right down to your toes, love welling up from your
deepest
resources and radiating out to them through every cell of your body
and especially through your face. Say to yourself, “I like you”–and
really feel it. There are many thousands of things that most people
do
not understand from their confused states of mind, and they therefore
act in unseemly ways, due to the ignorance of past karma. Should
their
ignorance confuse you? Should it cloud your own understanding?

Certainly not! We do not love the flower and hate the muddy roots
from which itgrew, and we cannot hate the instinctive roots of
mankind.

With understanding, a great thing happens–your life becomes even,
balanced and sublime. The ups and downs within yourself level out,
and you find yourself the same in every circumstance, find yourself
big enough to overcome and small enough to understand. Then you can
really begin to do something. When emotional ups and downs are
allowed, what happens? Your poor nerve system is terribly strained in
a constant state of frenzy and uncertainty. All of your energies are
then devoted to coping with yourself, and not much is reserved to
accomplish creative, productive projects. As your life evens out by
using the great power of understanding, the emotional self of you
heals and grows strong. Your nervous system, believe it or not,
grows, and it grows strong if you feed it correctly by handling your
mind. Understanding is the best nourishment for the emotional body.

You must have a basis for understanding your fellow man, and a very
good basis is: “I perceive him with my two physical eyes. He appears
to be forty years old, but I intuit him to be emotionally a little
younger and mentally about sixty–a learned person. I know he is a
being of pure awareness going through the experiences he needs to
evolve further. Therefore, I shall understand him in this light and
make allowances accordingly.” This is not something to think about
and
appreciate philosophically. It must become as much a part of you as
your hands and feet. It’s an easy process if we apply it and a
difficult process if we ignore its practice.

Understanding, loving and making allowances–these are the strengths
of the soul awakened through sadhana, once the emotional ups and
downs and the barriers of the instinctive influences of fear,
jealousy, anger, deceit and disappointment are conquered. If you are
creative, you will begin to truly create. If you are a mystic, you
will have deeper and ever more fulfilling insights in your daily
meditations. All of the mysteries of life will unfold before your
inner vision once the instinctive mind is mastered in your life.”

The Master Course of Himalayan Academy
by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
http://www.gurudeva.org/mc

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  1. Interesting article, I like learn to understand people from the inside. what make them tick, what drives them….


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