Whenever I am with others,
I will practice seeing myself as the lowest of all
and from the very depths of my heart
I will respectfully hold others as supreme.
This is the second of the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation by Geshe Langri Thangpa.
When it comes to methods for producing happiness for oneself and others, this verse hit the nail on the head.
When I refrain from obnoxiously asserting myself and stubbornly clinging to my way, my views, and my thoughts, I’m free of tension and those around me have the freedom to be themselves.
By cherishing others with greater concern than I have for my own self, my problems, grievances, and fears will vanish. They won’t seem so big. While I ordinarily seek my own welfare first and foremost, there actually isn’t any sound reason to do this. Is there?
By practicing this verse, I can reverse that habit and seek to benefit others first and foremost. Naturally, my own welfare will be secured as a by-product of altruistic livelihood, so there’s truly nothing to worry about.
Today, I will endeavor to give others the benefit of the doubt, to cherish them as myself, and to give up my egocentric wish to get all the attention and praise and make everyone agree with me.
This will be a challenge, but knowing the great benefits – the bliss of liberation from the chains of self-grasping – will infuse me with the perseverance to keep trying.