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Date Posted: 13:15
Author: Mike - 21 July 2002
Subject: Humility

A quote from a circular on Humility written by Kirpal Singh many years ago.

A man may strive to be humble, but for all his efforts, may become all the more proud. There is such a
thing as the pride of humility; it is a very dangerous thing, for it is too subtle to be discerned by the
inexperienced. There are some who will take great pains to be humble; they make humility impossible.
How can a man be humble who is all the time thinking of how best he can be humble? Such a man is
all the time occupied with himself, but true humility is freedom from all consciousness of self, which
includes freedom from the consciousness of humility. The truly humble man never knows that he is
humble. The truly humble man accepts everything as coming from the hands of God. He knows that in
him there is nothing praiseworthy. All the good that is in him is from God, and the praise that men give
him belongs to God. When the young man called Jesus "Good Teacher," Jesus quietly said, "Why call
me good? There is none good but God." "Humility," says Lacordaire, "does not consist in hiding our
talents and virtues, in thinking ourselves worse and more ordinary than we are, but in possessing a clear
knowledge of all that is lacking in us, and not exalting ourselves for that which we have, seeing that God
has freely given it us, and with all His gifts, we are still infinitely of little importance." So the truly humble
man may accept sometimes the praise which men give him, and quietly passes it on to God, keeping
nothing for himself. The man who is not truly humble behaves in a very unnatural manner when he is not
praised by men. He becomes upset, loses his patience and even becomes angry. He repulses them
with his irritation and creates for them an awkward situation. Sometimes he suppresses his feelings
and remains silent; but he cannot forget the things that are said about him; they haunt him again and
again and do not give him peace of mind.

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