I wanted to say a something about namaste.... a phrase which means "I
respect the light within you as it is within me". It is a principle of
compassion and respect.
I don't like everyone. Believe it or not there I people in this world I
hate. Hate is such a strong word, but it is true, sometimes we hate
others. I think they are mean, nasty, inconsiderate (enter name here).
Namaste is how I deal with those people "gracefully". I know of a lot of
people who have enemies that they despise like I do... I have often
heard people say "I wish they would go die" or "I wish they would fall
of the face of the earth" or "they can burn in hell for all I care..."
I think that saying these things feels good at the moment. Certainly it
is better than going and slashing their tires, or beating them up,
etc... However... I think that it is inherently wrong to wish ill will
on another person. Yes, we'll all "get ours" eventually, but... when we
desire ruin upon another person, we are more likely to bring it upon
The people who tend to wish (even in passing) bad luck on people, foster
hate and block compassion within themselves. Soon they loose that
inherent respect for the life and divinity within all people. I am not
saying these people start carrying axes... but they disconnect
eventually from society, feeling superior, or disheartened about the lot
of "us". They place the blame of wrong actions, rather than on the few
who committed them, but on us all. These people also become the "dirty
fighters" - when they begin to have a conflict with another person, they
care more about "winning" the fight, than resolving it or finding the
truth. They call names, bring up unrelated issues, and attack another
persons humanity and dignity...
We all know these people, who sometimes become the "villians" that they
see in everyone else. They catch the contagion of hate and are greedy,
selfish, loathsome people in the end. Some of us have been there
ourselves, I have... and it is a bad place to be.
Imagine for a moment, the person you hate most in the world. They have
hit their all-time low... They are suffering, starving on the street,
homeless, without family, friends, or a job. Everything has been taken
away from them. Perhaps this is their "karma"... perhaps not. Given you
have the means to, would you help them? Would you buy them a meal, put
them up in a hotel, give them your pocket change? If you cannot face
them in person would you entreat another person to help them? Even if
you never got an apology, and whatever they did to you still hurts and
stings... would you still respect that light within them, and help in
whatever capacity you are able. And if the tables were turned, do you think they would do the same for you?
We need to learn to value even our enemies as people. Do we have to
"like" them?... no. Do we have to invite them to dinner, and say hi to
them in the grocery store? No. But no matter how much we hate them, and
avoid them, and WANT them to just leave us alone... we should respect
that they too are people, deserving of life, humanity and simple
That is Namaste in action... that is compassion...