HUMILITY – Mahaperiyava

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Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara.
All virtues are contained in the highest virtue,that is, H U M I L I T Y.
Likewise; all vices are contained in the one vice, that is, P R I D E.

The excellent qualities in a man do not shine forth if he lacks humility. A man may have many vices but if he were humble this would show him to be a man of good quality.
Once, Kanchi Maha Periyava  performed a detailed discourse on Adi Sankara under the heading ‘Egoless Acharyal’. Once, while speaking with His close devotees, Maha Periyava said, ‘It is said that sanyasis (ascetics) should not possess any desire. But, I have a desire!’

When the devotees asked, ‘What is it?’

Maha Periyava said in all humility, ‘I desire that none in the world should know that such a sanyasi lives!’

Further, in one of the ‘Deepavali’ special issue brought out by a Weekly many years back, the replies of dignitaries from various walks of life to the question,

‘what is the lesson learnt by you from the world?’ had been published This question had been put to Maha Periyava also.

Maha Periyava said to them, ‘every moment the world is teaching me some lesson. But, it is I who do not possess the required maturity to learn!’ This shows His humility.

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