What is humbleness?

Acharya Prashant
3 min readFeb 26, 2020

Humbleness is required or is meaningful only in the context of an inflated ego.

Because most of us live in stories about ourselves and those stories cause us a lot of misery, therefore freedom from those stories is needed.

A mind free of stories about itself is a humble mind.

The story could say everything. The story does not always say, “I am the king of the world.” Often the story says, “I am the most wretched person on this earth.” Nevertheless, irrespective of its content, a story is just a story.

So, what is humility?

To not to live in the stories about oneself.

So, humility is not about having a poor or humble story about oneself. Humility is not about saying, “O! I am the little one. O! I am the speck of dust in this giant universe.” You could have a big story about a big monster and you could have an equally big story about a little speck of dust.

It is not the size of the character that matters.

It is the story around the character, that is the pain.

When we attempt to be humble, then we just reduce the size of the character, and apparently, relatively, a new story comes up. But the size of the story remains the same, we said, irrespective of the size of the central character of the central figure…