A kind, caring person sees a world that is compassionate and loving. But a perpetual liar believes that everyone around him is dishonest. A devious person sees a devious world that is out to get him.
When Lord Sri Krishna told the Gopas of Vrindavan to refrain from worshipping Indra, the god of rain, but instead worship the holy Govardhana Mountain, they immediately agreed to do His bidding. But when he heard this, the proud Indra, his ego hurt, was furious. The moment he
was proud, he thought Krishna had become proud. In his mad rage, he raved that the Gopas were audacious because of their prosperity; that their action was like trying to cross the ocean of Samsara (Mundane Life) by resorting to mere ritualism instead of meditation and philosophical reflection; he even called Krishna names, including calling him “an ignoramus, a pretentious pseudo-scholar, a silly boy and a braggart”.
But in truth, was not Indra the one who was audacious because of his prosperity? Was he not the one tied to ritualism as he waited in anticipation for the Gopas’ worship offerings? Wasn’t he the one ignorant (of who Krishna really was), the braggart, the pseudo-scholar who talked glibly about crossing Samsara through meditation while at the same time succumbing to the desire for material offerings?
The qualities we see in others are actually right within us.
!!! Will Continue !!!