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Be Kind to the Poor Jiva
Lynne: Dear James, thank you for the generosity of your reply and for the kindness and wisdom it was filled with. You are a true friend of the dharma.
Your reply has somehow brought the distinction between the self and the jiva into sharp focus. Your letter was so validating, so confirming of the self, that I have been able to observe the jiva with much greater clarity (and kindliness). The poor thing! Always seeking like a beggar for scraps of affirmation and emotional comfort from a place of perpetual insecurity, and readily puffed up with pride for the slightest reason, easily thrown off balance by the forces of the world and its own desires, fears and unconscious drives.
I have been able to “watch from the bench,” and it’s a revelation. The poor jiva. You can only be kind to it. Being able to see the clear distinction between the two (self and jiva) is greatly strengthening for the self.
Please accept my deepest gratitude, and yes, of course I will continue with ShiningWorld… with pleasure!
~ With much love and respect, Lynne