K: The state of humility is essential for all inquiry. It is an `altogether’ feeling, without a centre from which the mind can say, “I am humble”. A person who is positively or negatively determined to be free of any particular problem, is not in a state of humility. There is humility only when the mind wishes to see the problem clearly, whatever that exploration may reveal. Such a mind is inquiring. It wishes to know all the implications of the problem both the pleasant and the unpleasant; it wishes to see things as they are, without the urge to transform, to subjugate, or to sublimate what it sees; and only such a mind is in a state of humility.
To comprehend the nature, or to know the feeling of humility, one must understand this willful determination to be free of, to resolve one’s problems. That is what most of us want, is it not? We want to resolve our problems, to escape from the everyday misery, conflict, strife, from the pettiness, the ugliness, the brutality and fleeting joy of our daily existence; so we are always groping after something. That is why we follow leaders, join various organized religions, go from one guru to another, hoping to find some means by which to transcend our anxiety, our fear, our lack of love.
If you observe how your mind thinks in terms of transcending, going beyond, or resolving its problem, in that observation no effort is involved. But where there is effort - the effort to change, to transform yourself - there I is no humility, there is essentially vanity. You have the idea that you have changed, that you have gained, that you have gone beyond, all of which gives you a sense of being important; therefore you never feel the real nature of humility.
What matters is to look at the problem, simply to look at it and be familiar with all its implications. If you study the problem, however painful, ugly it may be, if you look at it, move in it, live with it and - I really mean this - embrace it, take it to your heart, then you will find that you are in a state of humility; and then the problem is quite different from what it was.
All problems are intensely complicated, there can never be an answer of
yes' or no’. To go deeply into a problem, one must have this extraordinary quality of humility; and if you are listening, really listening, you are already in that state. - Bombay Dec.1959
**Is humility a requirement to listening?
Is humility the absence of self-centeredness?
Do we believe that humility equates to weakness? Is that true?
Are humility, openness, and love, one and the same?