Shambhavi talks about vajra pride and vajra nature and how these are related to ordinary pride. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi
Podcast First Words
Vajra pride is actually a term from Buddhism. I heard it in the context of my Dzogchen tradition. Vajra means adamantine or diamond-like. Something indestructible, clear, eternal. It also means something that flashes like lightening. So it’s something that has a lot of clarity, energy, and fierceness.
When we talk about vajra pride, in essence we are talking about enlightened pride. Or what would your pride look like if it weren’t so squished, constricted, and focused on the preservation of small self?
Unenlightened or contracted pride is an echo of vajra pride. It’s on a continuum with vajra pride. Everything here is on a continuum with enlightened wisdom virtues. All of our foibles and fixations are those enlightened wisdom virtues stepped down, contracted, or limited in their expression in some way.
So this is why we don’t have to feel badly about ourselves for simply having limitations. Those limitations are the thread by which we draw ourselves closer to the enlightened versions of our limitations.
Pride, is one of the—if not THE—most prominent bhava (feeling-orientation) of humans. It means that we have an experience of our fragility, and we have a question about our value. We don’t have full contact with vajra pride, which I’m going to talk about in a minute.
So because we don’t have full awareness of, or maybe even any awareness of, vajra pride—our indestructible worth—we have uncertainty. It’s built in. It’s not anything we caused. So that feeling of uncertainty about our value comes because we feel separate, and we have lost contact with the fuller versions of those wisdom virtues like compassion and vajra pride—the confidence in our worth.