There are two kinds of people in this world – the bad and the hypocritical. The former are the real and truly bad. It is the latter that are more interesting. In fact most of us will fall into the latter category. Many of us like to believe ourselves to be good, kind and upright . We read philosophy, probably chant hymns, say prayers, meditate etc.
But the truth is that we live in a perpetually precarious state. The moment we see our neighbor’s shiny, new acquisition or become aware of our colleague’s success, the little green monster of jealousy crops up. We tend to retaliate when somebody hurts our generally swollen ego. We also lose our temper at times and are prone to hatred and envy.
When things are fine we are able to mouth spiritual cliches and are able to argue so vehemently on spiritual subjects. But we are spiritual or philosophical only in patches. All the fine spiritual theory and philosophical outlook just tend to evaporate away at a moment’s notice. We completely lose control ourselves in situations where our ego, pride or self-worth is in question. We are reduced to ordinary mortals at these times.
Then there are others who assume that they have experiences of some inner awakening. These people are bigger hypocrites than the ones above. These people live in a sort of trance. They imagine that they can see reality which eludes the general public. They tend to explain away the sufferings and inequities of the world as being a part of God’s great design. They just attribute it to the karma of the poor suffering lot and continue in their state of blissful ignorance.
In essence we live our lives in total hypocrisy. We do not imbibe the values and the teachings of the great scriptures. We are unable to internalize the truths embodied in the great texts.
If only we could be true to what we know is right we can truly achieve greatness. But this is an extremely difficult task and must be practiced constantly. We must exercise complete attention to each and every moment of our life and must internalize values and principles that we know to be true. We need to free ourselves from the clutches of hypocrisy.