Humility today has almost become synonymous with ignorance. Ego, on the other hand, has come to be a sign of power, influence, and knowledge. By earning university certificates, titles, position and wealth, people consider having an ego as a deserving right. And a great many people believe it to be “deserving.”
Vedic texts, contrary to these prevailing perceptions considered Knowledge is that which instills Humility or Vidya Dadaati Vinayam. For the Vedic Rishis (sages) humility, or Vinayam, was not just important but also a crucial element in evolution, achievement and attaining happiness.
It is important to understand that Vinayam (subtly translated as Humility) is not inferiority complex masquerading as a virtue; it is acceptance of every other individual’s opinion, views, and achievements without demeaning, loathing, insulting or envying them. Vinayam is also the path of Dharma.
Vedic greetings like Namaste, Namaskaram, and Pranam – are a sign of respect shown for all beings – animate, inanimate, and, even idols. These words convey respect and reverence by recognizing and honoring divinity in others. The Rishis encouraged people to see divinity in everything and everywhere. A fundamental reason why Vedic people had no problems respecting articles, institutions or even Gods of any faith.
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