Why is respect important?

When someone respects you, it is not because you possess some virtues; it is because of their greatness.

If you say God is great, it means YOU are great. God is already great–your saying so doesn’t affect God.

When you respect someone, it shows your own magnanimity. However many people you don’t respect in the world, that much less is your wealth. If you respect everyone, that much more is your value. Wise is the one who re- spect everyone.

Question: But Gurudev, you can’t respect a terrorist!

Gurudev: You have to respect a terrorist, too, because he shows you the right way at his own cost.

Respect is a quality of refined consciousness. Respect for the Self is faith; faith is being open.

If you are open, you are close to me !

If you are close to me, you cannot but open up !