Weakness and Blaming others

Weakness and Blaming others

We human beings are very slow to recognise our own weakness, our own faults, so long as we can lay the blame upon somebody else. Men in general lay all the blame of life on their fellow-men, or, failing that, on God, or they conjure up a ghost, and say it is fate. Where is fate and what is fate? We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.

You know in your inner heart that many of your limited ideas, this humbling of yourself and praying and weaping to imaginary beings are superstitions. Tell me one case where these prayers have been answered. All the answers that came were from your hearts.

In your ignorance, every prayer that you made and that was answered, you thought was answered by some being, but you answered the prayer yourself unknowingly. The help came from yourself, and you fondly imagined that someone was sending help to you. There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe… These are words that will burn up the dross that is in the mind, words that will bring out the tremendous energy which is within you already, the infinite power which is sleeping in your heart.

Those that blame others – and alas! The number of them increasing everyday – are generally miserable with helpless brains; they have brought themselves to that pass through their own mistakes and blame others, but this does not alter their position. It does not serve them anyway. This attempt to throw the blame upon others only weakens them the more. Therefore, blame none for your faults, stand up on your own feet, and take the whole responsibility upon yourselves. Say, “This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves it will have to be undone by me alone.”

– Swami Vivekananda

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