निंदक नियरे राखिए, ऑंगन कुटी छवाय,
बिन पानी, साबुन बिना, निर्मल करे सुभाय।
अर्थ : जो हमारी निंदा करता है, उसे अपने अधिकाधिक पास ही रखना चाहिए। वह तो बिना साबुन और पानी के हमारी कमियां बता कर हमारे स्वभाव को साफ़ करता है.
Mystic poet Kabir says that we should keep our critic as near to us as possible. We should create a room for him inside our house. Because critic makes our nature pure without any water or soap he can cleanse us.
It’s true. Still, if your intentions are good and you work for the welfare of society, don’t think that there will be no critics. Don’t expect that there will come a time when you will feel no obstacles in your work. Such is not the nature of existence. Universe is so full of opposing forces. I have heard a beautiful story which explains it beautifully:
Shiva is a Hindu demigod and his consort is Parvati. At once, he wanted to instill this teaching about the nature of critics in her mind. He asked her to accompany him as they went riding on their bull Nandi.[ Yes, Hindu gods ride of different animals like peacock, mouse and lion.]
First: Both of them were riding the bull in the country-side. Shiva asked Parvati to pay attention to what people were talking about them. Some people started saying “Look at these fools, they are almost killing this poor creature with their weights. How cruel!”
Second: Shiva started walking and Parvati was still on bull. As they kept walking, some people started talking: “Look at this fool–his wife is riding as if she is a queen. Some others said–look at this shameless lady–her husband is walking and she is riding as if she owns him!”
Third: After some time, Shiva alone started riding the bull and Parvati was walking. People started talking: “Look at this shameless man, he is so muscular and yet his wife is walking–how fragile she is–she might faint at any time because of this scorching heat. ”
Fourth: Both of them started walking besides Nandi. Again some people started talking: “Look at these two fools–they have such a strong bull with them and maybe they feed him a lot–yet they are walking side-by-side, instead of riding on it–who can give some wisdom to these fools!”
Then Shiva told to Parvati: “Have you seen the nature of world now?” No matter what you do, there will always been some dissenting heads–there will always be some gruelling criticism, there will always be some harsh criticism. ”
There have been many great people in world. Some gems of humanity like Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, Nanak, Kabir, Ramana, Nisargadatta and Gandhi came to uplift humanity–still all of them had to face severe tests. They all were criticised for so many things.
Many great people working today are facing a great deal of criticism. I can’t say that there will never be a time when there will be no criticism for good deeds–because there might be a golden age when it might be the case–still you should listen to the voice of God and keep working. Follow your intuition and never hesitate to help those who are in need. Never hold your words of appreciation and encouragement back. Never be afraid to follow God’s voice no matter how opposite to morality it might seem. Morality is a convention developed by society which needs a code-of-conduct for functioning properly. Truth is superior to morality.