Dec 152011

“Humility is not a matter of an outward posture of being humble. A disciple once said to Srila Prabhupada, ‘Srila Prabhupada, I am the most fallen,’ and Prabhupada replied, ‘You are not the most anything.’ He was cutting through the false humility.

“Anyone can fold their hands and say, ‘Prabhu, I am you servant. Please order me — whatever you like.’ The real test of our humility comes when things don’t go the way we want. Then we see how much we can tolerate. If we are actually humble, we will be able to tolerate. But if we are not actually humble, then we’ll not be able to tolerate. . . .

“It is very easy to maintain a posture of humility when everything is organized and controlled, when things are going just the way we want, but when someone does something we don’t like, or when circumstances conspire against our wishes and plans, our humility tested. Then we see how real, or deep, our humility is.

“For us the best way to manifest genuine humility is to work cooperatively for the benefit for others.”