The Pride!


Pride is a feeling of superiority over others. It is of nine kinds: (i) Physical pride (pride of possessing great physical strength), (ii) Intellectual pride (pride of great learning), (iii) Moral pride (pride of possessing great moral virtues), (iv) Psychic pride (pride of possessing great psychic powers or Siddhis), (v) Spiritual pride, (vi) Pride of noble birth, (vii) Pride of power, wealth and other possessions, (viii) Pride of being handsome and (ix) Pride of sovereignty. All these varieties of pride should be completely overcome.

Get rid of pride through Viveka. Everything is perishable. Why are you vainly puffed up with pride? Arrogance is a form of pride. It is an undue assumption of self-importance. It is claiming too much.

It is vanity. It is vain display. It is vain show. The man is puffed up even though he actually does not possess anything. A man of pride actually possesses something. That is the difference between pride and vanity. Vanity is a form of exaggerated pride.

Hypocrisy is pretending to be what one is really not. It is feigning. It is concealment of one’s true character. It is the opposite of Truth. A hypocrite pretends to be what he is really not, in order to extract money, honor, fame or something else from others. Hypocrisy, falsehood, cheating, avarice and avidity are very closely related. They are members of one family. Hypocrisy is the offspring of avarice. Falsehood is the son of hypocrisy.

Hypocrisy co-exists with falsehood. Avidity is the mother of hypocrisy. Hypocrisy cannot live even for a moment without falsehood, the son and avarice and father and mother. When there is a craving for objects, greed for money comes in. Without money, there can be no enjoyment. To satisfy the hunger for money, persons have to put on hypocrisy, tell lies and cheat others. The root cause of all this is craving for enjoyment. Deceitful diplomacy and falsehood are old allies of greed and hatred.

Self-sufficiency is a peculiar modification in the mind. It is the effect of vanity, pride and Hypocrisy. Remove it by right thinking, inquiry and practice of the opposite virtue, humility.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

8 thoughts on “The Pride!”

  1. Great article! Bravo! However, Hypocrisy isn’t so bad as it was described in the article. Actually, it’s contemporary way of life. Everyone is hypocrite: teachers, parents, friends, preachers, bus drivers etc. We all act as if we were actors in eternal scene. It is part of our nature.

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  2. Thanks Alex! I do agree with your thoughts. A common man in this material world with different roles and responsibilities is pushed to be a hypocrite sometimes. But they do need to remember their true Self and not to become the role whatever they are acting on. A fine balance needs to be maintained! 🙂

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    1. We are brainwashed through our entire life. The first time, it happens when our parents teach us what is good and what is evil. The second time, it’s turn of school where you memorize , for the most part, material that you are not going to use in your life. The third time, society influences our behavior by establishing certain moral rules. The fourth time, media implants stereotypes and cliches in our mind. The fifth time… Consequently, it seems to me, our true Self has been lost or hidden under deep layers of beliefs, traditions, and values since our birth.
      So my question is: How can we remember our true self, if we live in the world without realizing that we have one?

      Ganesh, I’m sorry if I ask questions that may undermine spirituality. I ask them because I’m trying to understand better your idea.

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      1. Completely agree with you dear Alex! Not only others, by birth our mind trained to look outwards. It always try to seek pleasure, happiness, peace outside. But in reality everything is inside us, in our core. We need to train our mind to look inside us and try to access the Source. That is what all yoga, mediation, prayers and spiritual practices does.

        Remember not only in this birth, even in our previous life’s also trained in that way accumulated Karma’s. Until we burn out all our Karma’s by spiritual practices or doing good to other’s,we will be born again and again in this continuous birth-death cycle. We are born in this world to learn from our mistakes and become a perfect being and finally one with the Universe.

        You are always welcome to ask questions and express your Self freely. We can start learning only if we ask questions to our Self or others. It’s the first step in our learning! Hope I answered a bit of your question. But no answers can satisfy our Self quest until we realize our true Self! 🙂

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