Respect

Don’t you walk through my words.
You got to show some respect.
Don’t you walk through my words,
Cause you ain’t heard me out yet.

-10CC

According to Wikipedia: Respect is an assumption of good faith and competence in another person or in the whole of oneself. Depth of integrity, trust, complementary moral values, and skill are necessary components.

And yet being treated with disrepect can be a painful experience.

When Fa Da failed to pay his respects to Hui Neng, here’s what Hui Neng had to say.

Since the object of ceremony is to curb arrogance
Why did you fail to lower your head to the ground?
‘To believe in a self’ is the source of sin,
But ‘to treat all attainment as void’ attains merit incomparable!

When we treat our attainment as void there really is no disrespect is there, which I’m sure was Hui Neng’s basis for the discussion, so he didn’t experience disrespect what he saw instead was the next step for his disciple, the curbing of arrogance.

When experiencing disrespect to focus on compassion towards the other changes everything. In my experience. Illusion falls like shells from our eyes and we stand in the present moment.

Just a thought.

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