How to accept insults and criticism? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
How to accept insults and criticism?
A yogi is free from the clutches of praise and of insult. If someone comes and gives you all praises, then, you are sold out to them. You become blind to their mistakes. There is a proverb in Sanskrit that goes – You should be more watchful of your friends than your enemies.
An enemy is anyway an enemy, you can see the enemy and you will always be careful; but, a friend can induct into your mind negativities or things that may lead you to a wrong direction. You must be aware of this. Your natural tendency, when someone insults you, is to stay away from them. You cut off communication with them. You stop them at arms length, and even run a mile away from them. Saint Kabir has sung in a couplet – ‘Keep the one who blames you close by. He keeps your courtyard clean without soap and water.’
Everytime you do a mistake he is going to point out your mistake. Don’t shy away from criticism.
Our ability to accept and look through the criticism indicates how much we have grown. Otherwise one criticism and you’re off. That’s no good. So people will know how to put you off the balance. Yoga brings that balance. It has this dual benefit of a healthy body and healthy mind.
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