- Transcribed from one of Swamiji’s talk at Yoga Vidya Italia.
Everyone has our own Strength and Weakness. In the process of accepting our self as we are, we always accept our strength and we are happy about it. But, are we accepting our weaknesses as they are?
Lets see how we are accepting our weakness, whenever we see weakness within ourself and how we sub consciously tend to react to it.
We do fall in love with the person we like most. We love that person, because we are cared, we are loved and our weaknesses are accepted by that person.
Lets take an example, A person considers oneself as an ugly looking person comparing oneself with others and assumes that it is his/her weakness. There is another person who accepts that ugly looking and appreciates it. At this moment, definitely the ugly looking person tend to fall in love with the other person.
It means, we love someone because the person accepts our weaknesses and not because the person accepts our strength. Because we know our strength and we have already accepted it !!. If this is the reality, why can’t we directly accept and love our weakness as they are ?
If we start accepting our weakness, there will be definitely a growth within us and we would start working on our weaknesses. If we start identifying, highlighting and working our own weaknesses, we will be easily able to convert all our weaknesses as strength. In the other case, if we don’t accept our weakness, we will keep running away from our self and will be always in search of the person who accepts our weakness.
Lets see another example, If somebody looses their one leg, the person will start thinking whether people related to him/her accepts them or not. They will develop the sense of loss and fall in deep depression. A beggar in front of a temple who doesn’t have one of his leg, provokes the sense of guilt in us showcasing that he/she doesn’t have one leg. Not having one leg is definitely a weakness. But here, the beggar has accepted that weakness and converted that weakness into strength by capitalizing it. In this case, the beggar is teaching us a lesson on how to convert our weakness into strength. In this standpoint, the beggar becomes our Guru !!