Samatabhava is mental equipoise, mental balance. There must be neither superiority complex nor inferiority complex in one’s mind. For equipoise, behave with every created being, in such a way that neither a superiority complex nor inferiority complex develops in you or in those with whom you interact.
A complex of any sort is a psychic malady. A balanced mind will be able to move towards Parama Purusha. That is why it has been said, Trinadapi Sunichena – “One should be humbler than the grass.” Usually, superiority complex is found more in humans than inferiority complex. Even those who possess mere knowledge of an alphabet feel themselves to be quite superior to those who are totally illiterate.
You must be as tolerant as the trees. Remember that a certain thing may hit another thing, then might be hit back immediately by that second thing. But it is better to assimilate the opposing force. Suppose someone strikes you and you strike back. In this case, you did not assimilate the striker’s blow into yourself; rather, you returned it. Now if you are clever, you will tolerate a blow; and later, after assimilating it, you will strike back at the striker with greater intensity.
To tolerate means to gauge your enemy’s strength as applied against you. You assimilate it: not that you tolerate it for the sake of toleration. Rather you tolerate it to contain yourself and to (control) your enemy. At the same time, your enemy’s strength is dwindling. Hence everyone needs to cultivate the power to tolerate (whatever) will be useful. That does not mean that you will continue to tolerate endlessly and ultimately invite death. So toleration for the sake of toleration is not an ideal habit, but toleration for assimilation and augmentation of strength is profitable.
Next, you must give respect to those whom no one respects. Ninety-nine per cent of people do not enjoy social prestige due to three main factors: First, society did not recognise them. Secondly, as they are economically challenged, they are forced to remain in perpetual subservience. Thirdly, they lack education and knowledge.
If you want someone to be respected, you will have to provide him with recognition, economic self-sufficiency and education. Giving respect to each and every human being is part and parcel of dharma.
If you want someone to be respected, then arrange for their proper education, see to it that they are socially elevated and economically self-sufficient and can hold their heads high in self-esteem.
No one is high or low from a caste point of view. Differentiations such as between Hindus and Muslims on the basis of religion are also despicable. Humans belong to one species; they are all children of God.
The second factor, as mentioned, is that you should look after their economic aspect, so that all get proper food and clothing, education and medical treatment – so that all can hold their heads high and live dignified lives, without depending on the mercy of others.
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