It is written in the Upanishads that the world shall look upon one who is perfect as imperfect, and shall look upon the imperfect as perfect. This is so because the world itself is imperfect and cannot understand the perfect. In order to understand a person with an M.A. one has to be an M.A. himself. Only Jesus could understand Christ. Only you can understand yourself. Only God can understand God.
Tujhe jaane jo hove naheen bande men ye taakat
Ke laa-maihdood men maihdood hi kyonkar rasaayi ho
To know Thee is beyond the power of man,
The Unlimited cannot be understood by the limited
When Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, was asked: “Have you seen Rabb–God?”
He said: “Yes, I have!”
When he was asked again: “How did you see Rabb?”
He replied: “ I saw Rabb through Rabb! Rabb ko Rabb se dekhaa!”
Only a friend can understand a friend. It is surprising how the people of the world, who are bound by limitations, can find fault with those who are beyond limitations. If people cannot say anything good about these great souls it would be appropriate if they did not say anything bad about them either. It does not harm these great souls to be reviled or condemned, but it is of great harm to those whobehave in such a way against them.
It is written in the Sukhmani Sahib that those who revile holy personalities receive severe retribution at the hands of God. However it is also written there that if these persons sincerely and genuinely repent for their sins and beg forgiveness from the holy personalities they have wronged, they shall be forgiven at once. In reality such holy men are never angry with anyone. Those who receive retribution are in fact punished by their own actions.
The people who cannot understand these spiritual personalities are like the frogs in a well who cannot understand the ocean. They see the limited water of the well around them and cannot conjecture anything greater, nor even vaguely understand the vastness of the ocean. But, one day, the rain falls and brings the water of the well to its brim, where it overflows. The frogs in the well come up with the water, and see the ocean around them and are astonished at its vastness, which they had not been able to understand when they were inside the well.
The vastness of the spiritual world cannot be understood by those who live in the world of materialism. The sky appears to be blue from a distance but is actually colourless when close; the waters of a river appear to be blue when far away, but become without colour when close. In a like manner, the lives of these Great Souls appear to be very strange when seen through the eyes of worldly men, but they are completely different when seen from the eyes of those who live with them and serve them.