The man who condemns himself commits what Nisargadatta calls a grievous spiritual error.
The sine qua non of justice is that no one loses. Or wins.
As a young boy, there was a brief period when I thought I was a tiger. I felt fleet, powerful, at the centre of things. Then it passed and I drifted into error.
Kindness begins at home, with the self. Self-contempt is a grievous error.
In a letter to her sister, Therese Martin, dead of tuberculosis at 24, wrote: “If you can bear with serenity the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter.”
In lay language, we commit a most grievous error when we judge ourselves.
A mistake is a mystery.