Thoughts Wile In The Air
Mpho is an impressive young black woman from South Africa who majored in theatre arts. We had the pleasure of having her engage her talents in our dramas over the weekend in Durban. She told of how her training, from perspective, was rather ego based and the philosophy was "it's all about me." She said the techniques were fine but the downside was that she couldn't detect the principle of humility and that was important to her.
It was two days ago in a casual setting in a marquis while actors were readying themselves for the chariot festival performance when she spoke of her icon, her epitome of Nelson Mandela. She referred to Oprah's TV interview. "The way he was in that interview was so inspiring," she said most theatrically.
I was happy for Mpho for identifying the quality behind his heroism. Real success is dependant on the humble state of mind, so we are taught in Krishna Consciousness.
Or guru, Srila Prabhupada, encouraged the modest outlook and the tolerance that parallels it. "Following in the footprints... thinking oneself lower that the straw in the street... be as tolerant as a tree" he referenced the words of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
"Always remember this verse (about humility)" he wrote. Underscore it. The word "always" can be given an extra line for emphasis.
Mpho will set out next month teaching theatre arts as therapy and I wish her well. Whatever was missing in her curriculum during her student period might now be an insertion. May the humble greats affect her. And all of us.
Who doesn't wish success?