Judgment

   

From The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 6, verses 37 and 38 (quoting Jesus):

“Judge not, and you will not be judged;

condemn not, and you will not be condemned;

forgive, and you will be forgiven;

give, and it will be given to you;

good measure, pressed down,

shaken together, running over,

will be put into your lap.

For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

When we form judgments of others, condemn others, hold others
in contempt or beneath us, consider ourselves to be better than
or superior to others, we invoke Karma upon ourselves.

The person who is non-attached, who practices harmlessness
and compassion, does not judge others. He or she recognizes
the compassion of the divine for others as well as for him or
her-self.

This does not mean that he or she does not make discernment’s
about the relative values of attitudes and actions….

Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 7, verses 4 and 5 (quoting Jesus):

“How can you say to your brother,

‘Let me take the speck out of your eye’

when there is the log in your own eye?

You hypocrite!

First take the log out of your own eye,

and then you will see clearly to take the speck

out of your brother’s eye”

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“Once it so happened that a collander and a needle got together

The collander’s eye fell on the hole in the needle

and she said 

“Oh! The needle has a hole”

Then the collander looked down to find innumerable holes in herself

and she was ashamed.

Dwelling on the faults of others keeps you from seeing your own shortcomings.

The individual who acknowledges his own faults,

and sees the good qualities in others

has progressed on the spiritual path.”

Swami Kripalu

The one who would practice Harmlessness and Compassion,
who would be a vehicle for God’s compassion in the world,
who would be a blessing for others, a nexus for spiritual
enlightenment and growth, must concern him or her-self
only with his or her own spiritual practice.

We must focus on our own center, the place where our
spiritual nature may grow in awareness of the Divine,
and not attach ourselves to outcomes we cannot control,
not think that we are worthy to measure the “worth” of
others, not expect others to conform to our desires
or to serve our needs.

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