Rinpoche here summarises the previous verses that point to the way our suffering is caused by a self centred approach to life and relationships. These next verses suggest that what may appear to us to be contrary to our common logic, is actually the way to happiness.
Nobody is actively looking for a way to unhappiness, regardless of the negative behaviours that are acted out, or the number of beings they harm. Rather than judge that behaviour we look for qualities in them that can be amplified for the benefit of others. We also recognise our own shortcomings, we don’t hide those, we accept them for what they are, as samsaric beings we will always have faults.
By downplaying our own positive qualities, our talents, our happiness and looking for those qualities in others, and by seeking out and acknowledging their strong points, we make ourselves a servant to their needs. We don’t attempt to declare ourselves or our accomplishments but keep any we might feel we have, well hidden. In this way we are elevating others and assuming their greater capacities take precedence over our own and which helps lessen our attachment to our egotistic tendencies.
This is real meaning of a ‘hidden yogi’.
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