Three levels of perfection can be achieved: perfection in action; perfection in expression, or words; and perfection in feeling. Some are very good in action, they do perfect action. But they don’t necessarily feel their words are perfect, or their feelings are perfect. Some have wonderful feelings, very good feeling inside, but their actions are not so perfect. Some speak very nicely, their speech is perfect, but their action is not.
It is imperfection that brings irritation in you. You hear somebody saying something that they shouldn’t say, that is not perfect, that is not right, then you get agitated. Now what has happened? You find fault in their speech but your mind became faulty. See what I’m saying?
Someone may feel wonderful inside–they feel clear, easy–but they may speak something out of habit. They don’t mean what they say, they don’t feel what they say. Many times mother tells the kids, “You get lost!” And she doesn’t mean that, she doesn’t feel that. But she says it–speech is not perfect, but the heart is perfect.
Someone’s heart may be perfect, speech may be perfect, but their action is a little slow. They are slow in acting. You’ll find this in tropical countries. In all the tropical countries they feel their heart is so good, very open, they talk very nicely, they’ll say yes, yes, they’ll say they’ll do it, but when it comes to action, it is so slow. They never do what they say. It’s all over the world; all the tropical places are like that. But somewhere else, in more cold countries, they do perfectly, everything they do is fine. But the moment they open their mouth, you have to plug your ears. There is perfection in action, but the words are so harsh.
Every time you expect some perfection in others’ speech or in action, see that you don’t lose that balance or perfection of your inner feelings, your mind. If they say something, it doesn’t matter. See them beyond their words. Never mind any words from anybody. If you could just do that you have won the world. If you cross the words you crossed the world also. And that is perfection in inner silence, inner peace.
From Talks by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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