Guiding Light by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Dealing with jealousy – negativity is not your true nature

Guiding Light by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Dealing with jealousy – negativity is not your true nature

Sri Sri Ravi ShankarUpdated: Sunday, January 07, 2024, 08:03 PM IST
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There is a beautiful verse by the Indian poet Kabir, “I went to find a bad person in the universe, and I found none.” All human beings are good! There are negative tendencies in people but that is not the basic human nature. That is only on the circumference. Why is someone behaving negatively? Because they are hurt inside. A happy, joyful, centred person will never do harm to anyone, not even to animals.

Antidote to jealousy is the knowledge that everybody is going to die. You and the person, whom you are jealous of, are both going to die. There can be a little difference of time but this is going to happen. It is better to compare yourself with your own self. How you were 10 years or 5 years ago and what you can be yet tomorrow. The fact that you are a sane human being is enough.

What to do if you are jealous of other people?

1. Know that the person has done some good karma in the past and they are now reaping the fruit.

2. Take it as an inspiration to gain merit now.

3. Create a sense of belongingness with them. See that they are a part of you.

4. Think of all you have that they don’t have and feel grateful.

5. Think of so many others who have much less than you have.

What to do if others are jealous of you?

1. Praise them in superlatives.

2. Create a sense of belongingness in them by your kind actions.

3. Know that their feelings are temporary.

4. The best is not to recognise their envy or jealousy at all. If you recognise a feeling as a reality it only makes your ignorance grow.

5. Know all feelings and emotions are just like passing clouds.

In the Bhagavad Geeta Lord Krishna talks about all the good qualities. And then He adds that they are already in you. Just like in an atom, the core is positive protons and the negative electron is peripheral. Don’t ever think deep inside you is sorrow or anger or jealousy. Know that it’s not in the core of who you are.

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