For those “working on” being a virtuous human being; one of the most talk about virtues is that of being humble.
If we go into the Google dictionary for a definition of that word, we will read: “Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.” Even “of low social, administrative, or political rank.”
For someone used to “becoming” what the dictionary says; a concise translation of humble is to “lower yourself.” 😦
Mark: “I am a very good cook.”
Mary: “That could be true, but you are not humble at all.”
Isn’t that what we believe to “humble”?
Mark: “ I know, I am a very good cook… but if I don’t express that, “others” will recognize me as being humble.”
Mary: “That is being a fake, Mark!”
Fortunately, Mark does not think out loud very often. 🙂
In Spirituality, many things are interpreted with the mentality of someone who is used to worldly ways.
In the world, we “work hard and long hours to make things happen” therefore, in Spirituality if “I” want a virtue to be “mine,” “I” will need to “work on it.”
The dictionary’s meaning of “humble” is merely a word denoting the opposite of “proud.”
Please see that when we are dealing with “opposite meanings,” we are in duality and when we are in duality, we cannot possibly know what goes beyond duality; otherwise known as “pure.”
And the big question is WHY?
Because, that duality only expresses 2 sides of ego. When you estimate yourself low that is ego, as well as when there is a high esteem. But we can make it sound “nice” and “religious” by calling it “humble.”
As a matter of fact, for most that word “humble” already comes with “good” connotations. It is a “good” word to say. It is a “good” thing to be. A “good” ideal to strive for, to work for.
The above is only shown as to make us aware about the “power or words” in our life.
At the same time, the power of “I.” 🙂
There cannot be deep understanding of spirituality, when we are trying to “save” that “I,” by lowering it or by highlighting it.
There cannot be spiritual understanding of what we call a “virtue,” when we rely on the dictionary for meaning.
What is to be humble?
Humble only appears when there is no sense of “I” separating from the “others.”
When there is separation through thinking, “I” am already comparing. In that comparison, there is “ego” underneath.
When “I” think about “I,” the body is used as a point of reference. That body as unit. If the stomach hurts, then that is the time when “I” start making magical separations.
“My stomach.” “My liver.” That separation continues on as we get “smarter,” “educated.”
My “Sternocleidomastoid” muscle hurts… 🙂
However, we don’t see that the body works as a unit. Everything is related with each organ, muscle, tissue, ligament, etc. which is connected with our emotional and psychological aspect, which in turn manifests in the subtle, the aura, and then in the physical through an organ… and that is the outcome, the pain that we point out: “my stomach” rather than “it hurts here” pointing to the location of the stomach.
Most of the time, the stomach is not the culprit of that pain but usually that pain comes from other sources, from what “I” have done… 🙂
Language is not bad, just inaccurate for full communication. That is why in Spirituality we need to live something to understand.
The same is with being “humble.” All virtuous living will come as our perception of separation through that “I,” diminishes.
At that point a humble person will be someone who is fully displaying all the gifts that life has endowed him/her for the benefit of all; the common good.
Mark: “This food turned out to be good!”
Mary: “It must be the gift of the cook…”