Humility

Humility arising from the soul is a natural by-product of spiritual advancement. It begins to manifest at the stage of nistha. In nisthita bhajana-kriya the finite soul approaches the door of the infinite. Above the door a sign reads, kirtaniya sada hari: “Always chant the name of Hari,” and the doormat to this threshold says, sunicena: “Be humble.” At this junction between time and eternity—the finite and the infinite—a natural humility arises, as what it actually means to be finite is glimpsed for the first time. Here, finite is no longer a word but a realization, as is the humility it fosters. In his Siksastakam commentary, Thakura Bhaktivinoda describes this condition as innate humility arising out of complete detachment from sense enjoyment.

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