“I try to think right, but I may go wrong”, “I try not to harm others, but sometimes others may be harmed because of me”, “Others also do not like to harm anyone, but they can also make mistakes”, “Others also try to think right, just as I do, but to err is human”; we will not be very wrong if we try to think on these lines. These expressions are sufficiently positive. They may not incorporate the thought of perfection, but they definitely are the best antidote for what may be treated as negative in life. They may not represent the humility one must aim for, but may be helpful in moving away from arrogance.
We must not be very strict with others, unless we act as teachers of them. When we act as teachers, we should first become very strict with ourselves. Before we talk about what is lacking in the statements given in the last paragraph, we must accept that we always try to be very lenient with ourselves under the pretext of being practical. We often give unwanted concessions to untruth, calling them as ‘demands of practical realities’, hardly realizing that it becomes the biggest hindrance in one’s growth. There are only two things, realities and illusions. There is nothing like ‘practical realities’ or ‘theoretical realities’. Making compromises in the name of practical realities are nothing but timid submission to untruth.
As expressed in the first paragraph, we must be positive toward self and also the others. We must, positively, rectify our errors, because that is our duty. We cannot make them rectify their errors, but we can become examples before them by rectifying our own errors. Over the thought of being positive, strictness toward self and the leniency towards others along with examples of our right conduct must be superposed.
Man can make mistakes, knowingly or unknowingly; but to rectify them is his sacred duty. Compromising with truth is a grave mistake that must be sincerely repented for and rectified with much urgency along with taking enough measures to ensure that such mistakes are never made in the future.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]