You have assumed that there must be strengths and weaknesses.
What if you just are and there are no strengths or no weaknesses? What are the weaknesses of a Daisy flower? What are the weaknesses of a Rose flower? In itself it does not appear to have some weaknesses, but the Daisy flower may appear to have weaknesses if compared with the Rose flower otherwise, it has no weaknesses.
A Sunflower is a Sunflower, a Lotus flower is a Lotus flower, a Daisy flower is a Daisy flower, and none of them have any weaknesses or strengths, but if you compare their sizes, then a Sunflower and a Lotus flower will appear to be stronger than the Rose flower in terms of size. They are all perfect as they are. It is upon comparison that you start saying, I am strong or weak, and comparison is always foolish.
You don’t have a strength and you don’t have a weakness, you are just what you are, where is the question of strength and weakness? We talked of your authenticity, you all are unique, and everybody is unique. To label something as your strength, as your weakness can only be done when you are being compared against some standard.
I keep giving this example, in India we are still enslaved with the notion of colour. Fair coloured people ruled over us for a long time, so skin colour is still very important to us. That mental slavery is still going on.
When a child is born, and if the child happens to be a girl and is little dark coloured, what will you repeatedly tell her? What would the parent be repeatedly saying directly or indirectly? That her dark colour is her weakness. After some time the girl herself will start believing that there is something wrong with her.
The proof is all those fairness creams that you see in the market. Now why should anybody try to use a fairness cream? Being students of science, you very well know that a colour is just a particular wavelength. Now, what is so sacred about five thousand angstroms, which is not there in seven thousand angstroms. That’s what colour is, that’s what facial colour is, but you will make the poor child believe that there is something wrong with her, and then she will spend her life trying to correct her weakness, as if there is any weakness.
There is no weakness at all. Even if there is, then it is stupidity. The only weakness is stupidity, and hence the only strength is wisdom, and there is no great wisdom in collecting knowledge. Wisdom is a very simple thing. Wisdom is to know what is happening.
~ Excerpts from the article, ‘You have no strengths or weaknesses, you are just what you are‘
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