“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”? (Matt.7: 1)
Su Don-Pou and monk Fou-In were good friends. They
often ridiculed each other. One time they were to sit in deep meditation.
After a while Don-Pou asked Fou-In: “How do I look like in meditation?”
Fou-In answered: “You look like a Buddha.” Don-Pou smiled secretively. Then
Fou-In asked: “How do I look?” Don-Pou replied: “You look like a pile of cow
dung.” After Don-Pou went home, he told his sister how he got Fou-In today.
His sister replied: “He has Buddha in his heart, so he saw you as Buddha.
You have cow dung in your heart, so you saw him as cow dung.”
Normally, we see others through our own perspective.
We already have a fixed pattern in our minds. We can judge even strangers
based on first impression. This approach will twist our rationale and loss
the right judgment, just likes wearing a colored glass. Some people consider
President Bush is a brave and justice leader who does not compromise with
evil. Some consider him as a ruthless cowboy favoring rich people. If one
just accepts what agrees with his thinking, the deviation will be
accumulated. It is hard to change once the bias is established. Husband
and wife relationship is also like this. If one always concentrate on the
spouse’s shortcoming and magnify it, sooner and later, one will make oneself
to believe the spouse is that kind of person.
A farmer lost a
cow. He noticed that his neighbor was behaving suspiciously and looked like
a cow thief. One day the cow came back to him by itself. Then he looked his
neighbor, the more be looked, the more the neighbor like an honest farmer.
Jesus taught us not to judge others. He means not just criticize others
through words, but not to accumulate prejudice in heart. We should let Jesus
live inside of us, see the world through the eyes of him. What he would think,
what he would do. Many times we cannot do it, because we do not want to be
close to him and let him be the Lord in our hearts. When we see through his
eyes everyone is lovely.