I wonder if such problem as envy/jealousy is common everywhere or only in some places? I know from living in Russia and Austria that both these folks admit having lots of jealousy within. In Russia understatements are very common because people are afraid to give some good news – what if some bad-eye will damage the luck? It is common not to tell even friends about plans. In Austria people are not that superstitious about airing plans but they seem to be quite envy towards success of their fellow men.
My approach has always been quite different from both these tendencies.
First of all, I don’t really know what envy/jealousy means, or how to feel it. If I see someone having something better than me, I start enjoying it and feel happy for that person.
Secondly – and that is the crucial point – I don’t need to “hide” information about my plans or success. I can openly tell anything to anyone and this will not bring any bad luck or problem. To make matter even more interesting – I sometimes proclaim something to have become already a success before it actually takes place and it definitely happens!
I was wondering for some time what is behind this mechanism, why so many people seem to be affected by bad eye or jealousy and me not… And recently I received an answer. I friend of mine gave an interesting idea that it has to do with me “not feeling guilty”. Apparently Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi mentioned once that people who do not feel guilty are not affected by black magic or bad eye. Whatever it is but feeling quilty is indeed a common Western problem and I definitely stand out in this context. :) In fact, the real attraction of this blog lays in this freshness of free-from-guilt feeling, as some people wrote to me.
I know some lovely people who feel being abused by the jealousy of their fellow-men and I feel like saying to them: may be the problems is yours? As soon as we let our guilt or fear dominate us, the negativity is here to stick to us.
Well, again, these are only my subjective observations and ideas. I wonder what your experiences about this phenomenon are?