Whenever I’m in the company of others,
I will regard myself as the lowest among all,
And from the depths of my heart
Cherish others as supreme
This verse had been reverberating in my mind for days now. For whatever reason, i had assumed it was one of the 59 lojong slogans and waited expectantly to come across it as read Chogyam Trungpa’s book on the same. i was surprised to find it was part of the Eight Verses for Training the Mind but, reading them again, i see that they are a really great distillation of the mind training teachings and are, in fact, even easier for me to use due to the ease with which they can be memorized.
I recall the first time i came across this teaching i was almost indignant but i have come to see it as a skilful means for dealing with what i perceive as an ever present attitude of superiority that i conceal whenever i meet with or see others. Yes, the Lord Buddha likened all forms of comparison to conceit but how else to rid myself of the stain of arrogance and self importance until i develop the wisdom to see through wrong view of self?