ਨਾਨਕ ਨੀਵਾਂ ਜੋ ਚਲੇ ਲਾਗੈ ਨ ਤੱਤੀ ਵਾਉ॥

O Nanak, who is always humble, kind, and lowly, is unhurtable; he can not be hurt.

The words ‘Humility’ and ‘Humanity’ may have different linguistic origins but I find  these two words quite similar to each other in a way that both these words convey the same broader meaning.  Humility and Humanity are complimentary to each other and the one is not complete without the another. I don’t see any difference because humility is sine qua non of humanity. 

Humility is not just a virtue but it is the basic human value which every human being  possess inherently. Without humility, how can any species claim themselves as humans!!

However now, when the basic human values are deteriorating, humility has also taken its toll. The ego and arrogance have eclipsed this basic trait of humanity. Some may say that humility is the sheild of the weak but it’s not true at all. 

Humility is freedom from pride, arrogance and ego. Humility is the quality to think that you are not any better than others. It involves compassion, empathy and surrender but it is never the sign of weakness. To put it in beautiful words, C.S. Lewis has said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

Humility is to remain grounded and to not float in the false egos so that you should not fall once the floater bursts. There is a saying that once a person asked a saint as to why he always sits on the ground to which he replied that it helped him from not falling down. This is the best statement to explain the humility in the most simple words.

To put it in other words, Kaif Bhopali has also said it in his beautiful couplet,

गुल से लिपटी हुई तितली को गिरा कर देखो,
आँधियो तुम ने दरख़्तों को गिराया होगा !

Be Great and Grateful

Jai Shri Ram!!!

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