A man holding a basket
of eggs does not dance on stones.
"... Each of us is
responsible for one life only, and that is our own. Each of us is
immeasurably far from being 'perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect'
and the task of perfecting our own life and
character is one
that requires all our attention, our will-power and energy. If we allow
our attention and energy to be taken up in efforts to keep others right
and remedy their faults,we are wasting precious time. We are like ploughmen
each of whom has his team to manage and his plough to direct, and in order
to keep his furrow straight he must keep his eye on his goal and concentrate
on his own task. If he looks to the side and that to see how Tom and Harry
are getting on and to criticize their ploughing, then his own furrow will
assuredly become crooked."
Life, pp. 2-3
He who treads the Path in earnest
Sees not the mistakes of the world;
If we find fault with others
We ourselves are also in the wrong.
When other people are in the wrong, we
should ignore it,
For it is wrong for us to find fault.
By getting rid of this habit of fault-finding
We cut off a source of defilement.
When neither hatred nor love disturb our
Serenely we sleep.
Sutra of Hui Neng 2
Judge not, and
ye shall not be judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall
be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
King James Version
Confucius said, "The
gentleman calls attention to the good points in others; he does not call
attention to their
defects. The small man does just the reverse of this."
Take oneself to task
instead of putting faults on others.
Gayan of Hazrat Inayat Khan
To God belongeth the Mystery
of the heavens and the earth, and the decision of the hour of judgment, as the twinkling of an eye, or even quicker, for God hath
power over all things.
The Holy Qur'an Sura XVI v 77
Judge not they
neighbor until thou hast stood in his place.
a saying of Hillel
Great Spirit, Let me not criticize
another until I have walked a mile in his moccasins.