• Daniel Rodman

Praise and Blame

When we praise and blame we raise up or put down someone because of their actions. This is inevitably based on specific circumstances in the relative world. A person is praised for achieving great feats in science or sports, in her artistic skill, or in being a good person. A person is blamed for committing a crime, making the wrong choices, or being a mean person. Praise and blame are the esteeming powers of the mind, powers which can be used in the wrong way. You can praise the wrong people just as much as you can blame the wrong people, like when people blame others for their own problems, or praise people who are harmful. It is nice to give praise to people, or to the Transcendent, but I don't see a good reason to blame anyone.

Blaming in the sense of putting someone down is more of an indulgence in negativity we project on others that we find to be bad or harmful or mean. Instead of having blame, this more angry projection of negativity, we can have patience and offer opportunities for transformation with compassion. So if someone does wrong to you in your eyes, instead of blaming them and holding hurt in your heart at them, you can have tolerance and allow for a cool head to approach the situation with wisdom in order to determine a resolution.

As for the Transcendent, we can have praise, however in the realization of its transcendent nature we find that there is no praise or blame, there is only innate completeness and exuberant radiance. If we can realize this state of understanding we can feel this sense that all things underlying are innately complete, and require no praise or blame, but rather are innately celebrated and celebrating in every moment of creation. May you come to know how to praise in your life guided by love and wisdom, to let go of blame and instead find patience and compassion, and in the reflection of the transcendent within you know the place beyond praise and blame that is always innately complete.

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