The sage has no fixed mind;
he is aware of the needs of others.
Those who are good he treats with goodness.
Those who are bad he also treats with goodness
because the nature of his being is good.
He is kind to the kind.
He is also kind to the unkind
because the nature of his being is kindness.
He is faithful to the faithful;
he is also faithful to the unfaithful.
The sage lives in harmony with all below heaven.
He sees everything as his own self;
he loves everyone as his own child.
All people are drawn to him.
He behaves like a little child.
This verse reminds me of the nature of most dogs. It doesn’t matter who you are, what type of person you are or what kind of mood your are in, a good dog will approach you with kindness, goodness and faithfulness. I think that this is because they do not have the ability to judge. They have no prejudice or hate.
What is behind prejudice and hate? It is judgement. By removing judgement of ourselves and others, we can eliminate the negative impacts from prejudice and hatred.
Under this mindset, we do not reserve our kindness and goodness for only those that we determine are good or kind to us. We share our goodness with all.
More often we
According to Dyer in his book “Change your thoughts, Change Your Life“, we can do this by starting to notice instead of judging. We can notice the thoughts that we have about ourselves or others and stop at noticing. Normally the next step after noticing is to assign judgment to those thoughts. We qualify them as good or bad and this qualifying practice is what impacts our emotional state and our attitude toward others.
Dyer says that when you start to notice yourself judging or labeling others, affirm: “I see myself in this person and I choose to be in a space of goodness rather than judgement.”
Imagine a world free from judgement where all live “in harmony with all below heaven”.