26 June
Mt 7:1-5

"Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye.

All our judging – positive and negative – is about ourselves.  It has become a commonplace in the interpretation of dreams to say that every element in the dream represents something in oneself.  This is easy enough to accept.  But it is harder to accept when someone wants to apply it to our waking life too. 
“What the sayer of praise is really praising
Is himself, by saying implicitly, 'My eyes are clear.'
Likewise, someone who criticises is criticising
himself, saying implicitly, 'I can't see very well
with my eyes so inflamed.'”
Jelaluddin Rumi (1207 – 1273)

This may not be true in every instance, but just because it is not be true all of the time, nor to the full degree, I should not reject the truth in it.  It may be true 50% of the time, or 80% - or even more!  Isn't that enough to make it a useful insight and a useful check on my tendency to judge everything?

“Do not judge and you will not be judged,” said Jesus.  “The measure you give is the measure you get.”  This already puts the spotlight on the judge in each of us, suggesting like Rumi that our judging has more to do with ourselves than with the truth of things. 

What or whom do you hate?  Look again now.  This time don’t look at the object or the person you hate, but at the hate itself.  What is it about?   Look also at what you approve.  What are the things and who are the people you approve of?  What are you really approving of?  What is it about?  I guarantee that you will see your own ego everywhere. 

A genuinely religious person doesn’t sit in judgment on others, but there are people who identify with religion in order to be able to condemn others.  This is the stuff that the Pharisees were made of, and it is still widely available.  A man gave money to a drunkard.  When criticised for it, he said, “Should I be more particular than God who gave me the money?”


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