Short and Sweet #92 – Labels


We have labels for everything in this world, even the things that we do not understand. I read a quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti (12 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) he was a speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasized that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.

“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

This really resonated with me because I have written many times about the use of labels and our beliefs formed around these labels. Like Krishnamurti, I agree that the only way the world is different is if we tap into our true nature and that only happens through self-inquiry or as he puts it a revolution of the psyche.

Anytime we label ourselves or someone else in any way we create separation. This separation is not just from the other person but also from truth and from God. We are all fallible as human beings because this is part of the human condition since the beginning of our existence. When we live from the True-Self, we no longer need to label a person or ourselves as this or that. Separation disappears and all that remains is the Divine, which resides in everyone from the baby just born to the murderer on death row. What would we label this new species, one that does not kill for profit or beliefs but only expresses loving kindness? Perhaps at this level of evolution there would be no need for labels. So the next time you catch yourself labeling someone else stop, connect with your heart center and remember who you really are and then act from this place and see what happens.

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