Humility


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HUMILITY comes from the Latin word HUMILITAS, a noun related to the adjective HUMILIS, which may be translated as HUMBLE, but also as GROUNDED, FROM THE EARTH or LOW.  It is, variously, seen as the ACT or POSTURE of lowering oneself, in relation to others, or conversely, having a clear perspective, and therefore, respect for one’s place in context.  In a religious context, this can mean a recognition of self in relation to a deity, acceptance of one’s defects and submission to Divine Grace.  HUMILITY, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue, in many religions, in contrast to NARCISSIM, HUBRIS and PRIDE.—-The natural aim of the Buddhist life, is the state of enlightenment.  HUMILITY, in this context, is a characteristic, that is, both, part of the spiritual practices and a result of it.  It is deeply connected with the practice of FOUR ABODES (Brahmavihara) ——– love, compassion, emphatic joy and equanimity.  Humility, Compassion and Wisdom are intrinsic parts of the state of enlightenment. ———-Saint Augustine stresses the importance of HUMILITY.  “Blessed are the meek” and “He who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted”. 
 
22641bab74232e6304dca40355a87887In Sanskrit Literature of Hinduism, the virtue of HUMILITY, is explained with many terms.  The concept of AMANITVAM, is listed as the 1st virtue in the Bhagwad Gita.  The Sanskrit word AHAMKARA, literally translates in THE-SOUND-OF-I, or quite simply the SENSE OF THE SELF or EGO.
 
In the Qur’an, Arabic words conveying the meaning of HUMILITY are used, and the very term ISLAM, can be interpreted as meaning SURRENDER (to God).  Among the specific Arab words used to convey HUMILITY are TAWADU and KHOSHOU.   HUMILITY before Allah and the will of Allah (Sharia) is demanded from every Muslim.
 
Even business models, are now being constructed with HUMLITY included as a parameter for good leadership.  If you think aggression at work, relationships and markets make things work, you are mistaken.  You could be soft-spoken and yet achieve results.  Dada .J. Vaswani points out that HUMILITY is an attitude, which allows for others’ greatness, and thus helps the manager to create the right perspective which enables him —- not just to manage, direct and order people ——- but to help them discover their best potential.
 
HUMILITY is, perhaps, one of the most difficult virtues to cultivate or acquire at a time when everything is focussed on satiation of the individual’s wants or wishes.  TRUE HUMILITY is distinctly different from FALSE HUMILITY, which consists of deprecating one’s own talent, gifts and accomplishments for the sake of receiving praise from others.
 
 
 
 
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