The one who knows himself, is kind to others

URI Europe Proverb September 2016

The one who knows himself, is kind to others


Do we know our dark side?

'The Legend of King Ape' talks about a Buddhist monk who undertakes a dangerous voyage with valuable manuscripts on his back. His fellow travellers were 'a monkey, a pig and quicksand', which symbolise evil powers , our dark side. Dark is what is described as bad, where there is no light.

It is a tremendous undertaking to carry the burden safely across the mountains. Continuously they are confronted with dangerous situations. It comes as a surprise that during this adventure the negative forces undergo a change. They come to a new insight, they convert and in the end even become positive forces that ultimately save the monk. This is not brought about by the holy scriptures on his back or their content, but ...


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'The desert the monk crossed'

Each one of us, sooner or later, is confronted with difficulties that can be severe and lead to despair. We are on 'quicksand', call out and shout and discover that our belief is not enough, it is too weak. What remains is agony of doubt, desperation, a loud scream. Dark times leave their mark, but also lead to insight, because ...

The one who went through his or her own hell... stops with something.

He no longer 'prescribes' for someone else. She no longer judges anyone by whom and what she is. Such persons do not construct walls anymore of 'my values' that divide, they are no longer caught in a bastion of 'my norms, standards and criteria' that call for defence. In short, they no longer 'stipulate' what the norm is, because they have experienced, while going through their own hell, that they are accepted for what they are. Unconditionally. Because, notwithstanding their 'fellow-travellers', they were not condemned, but rather sustained and forgiven. Or how compassion fell to them. The person who has been allowed to experience this, also becomes compassionate and forgiving to others, it cannot be otherwise, because ... the one who knows himself, is kind to others.




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