There is a tendency which manifests itself and grows
in a person who is advancing spiritually, and that tendency
is overlooking. At times this tendency might appear as negligence,
but in reality negligence is not necessarily overlooking,
negligence is most often not looking. Overlooking may be
called in other words rising beyond these things: one has
to rise in order to overlook; the one who stands beneath
life could not overlook, even if he wanted to. Overlooking
is a manner of graciousness; it is looking and at the same
time not looking; it is seeing and not taking notice of
what is seen; it is being hurt or harmed or disturbed by
something and yet not minding it. It is an attribute of
nobleness of nature, it is the sign of souls who are tuned
to a higher key.
One may ask: Is it practical? I may not be able to
say that it is always practical, but I mean it all the same.
For in the end the one who overlooks will also realize the
practicality of it. Maybe he will realize it in the long
run after he has met with a great many disadvantages of
it. Nevertheless, all is well which ends well.
Very often overlooking costs less than taking notice
of something that could well be overlooked. In life there
are things which matter and there are things which do not
matter. As one advances through life one finds there are
many things that do not matter, and one could just as well overlook
them. The one who, on a journey which takes all his life
to accomplish, will take notice of everything that comes
his way will waste his time. While climbing the mountain
of life, the purpose of which is to reach the top, if a
person troubles about everything that comes along, he will
perhaps never be able to reach the top; he will always be
troubling about things at the bottom. No soul, realizing
that life on this earth is only four days long, will trouble
about little things. He will trouble about things which
really matter. In his strife with little things a person
loses the opportunity of accomplishing great things in life.
The one who troubles about small things is small, the soul
who thinks of great things is great.
Overlooking is the first lesson of forgiveness. This
tendency springs from love and sympathy; for of whom one
hates one notices every little fault, but of whom one loves
one naturally overlooks the faults, and very often one tries
to turn the faults into merits. Life has endless things
which suggest beauty, and numberless things which suggest
ugliness. There is no end to the merits and no end to the
faults, and according to one's evolution is one's outlook
The higher a man has risen, the wider the horizon before
his sight. It is the tendency to sympathize which brings
the desire to overlook, and it is the analytical tendency
which weighs and measures and takes good notice of everything.
'Judge ye not,' said Christ, 'lest ye be judged.' The more
one thinks of this lesson, the deeper it goes into one's
heart, and what one learns from it is to try and overlook
all that does not fit in with one's own ideas as to how
things ought to be in life, until one comes to a stage of
realization where the whole of life becomes one sublime
vision of the immanence of God.