‘Do not judge others, for when another is judged you are yourself condemned’ — Sri Sathya Sai Baba
I thought this saying was appropriate at this time with what is happening in America with Donald Trump. His allegations are so outlandish and he has made himself a figure of fun.
So what IS happening within us when we feel the need to judge others? Total breakdown of self confidence in ourselves? Lack of self esteem? Lack of love for ourselves?
We are, of course, back to the situation of FORM versus FORMLESSNESS ie seeing ourselves as being separate from all else, when, in reality, there is no separation from nature or other people. And when we believe ourselves to be a separate entity from all else then we believe that we have to prove ourselves.
This may seem very much over the top but I suggest that here we are talking about LOVE — real love NOT romantic love — the love that knows no separation between ourselves and others which some of us discover with our special person and which we knew as babies and very young children.
Just recently I have experienced several instances of what I would call LOVE from strangers, where they have put themselves in my place perhaps and have come to my rescue. Yesterday, for some reason, (and this has happened before) a man started talking to me as I was sitting admiring the view in the city centre at around 6pm and then when I got up to leave he insisted on following me. There came to a point where I just stood still not knowing what to do with him hovering over me when a young man came along asked if the man was bothering me and in no uncertain terms told him to leave me alone.
I seem to have strayed a little from the subject of NOT JUDGING OTHERS but have been at pains to illustrate the opposite side of not judging others. The young man who came to my rescue did not spend time judging the situation, or wondering what I had done in order to attract it, OR thinking it was better if he didn’t interfere, he merely followed his instincts and acted out of love, and HOW VERY GRATEFUL I AM THAT HE DID.