O SON OF BEING! How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me. (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words Arabic 26)
O this is such a hard Hidden Word to put into practice! I am so good at looking at other people and taking their inventories. Who wants to look at their own? Growing up in the western world, I live in a culture that values gossip, backbiting and criticizing. I’m steeped in it. It’s the air I breathe. So this is a helpful reminder.
I love remembering the expression: when you’re pointing a finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you. It’s a reminder that whatever I see in someone else is actually a mirror, reflecting myself back at me, and that’s what makes me uncomfortable. So I don’t have to beat myself up for falling into this trap. I can just remember I don’t want to be cursed by God and use it to help me grow.
Knowing I can use my judgments against others to busy myself on remedying my own faults, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Letting Go of Criticizing Others