Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11, Text 33
By Chaitanya Charan Das
As pride is a major pitfall on the spiritual path, we may think, “By not expressing my talent and keeping a low profile, I will stay free from pride.”
But when we suppress our talents, we frequently become envious of those who get recognition due to using their talents: “Just see how that person is hogging the limelight. I could have done this service just as well, but I am humbler than that.” Thus, we end up feeling proud of our humility.
Why does the strategy of suppressing talent backfire?
Because it is based on a misunderstanding of both pride and talent.
Firstly, pride is not born within us after we do something laudable. Rather, pride as an impurity from our past actions is already present within us. When we achieve something, it expresses itself. And when we don’t achieve anything, it expresses itself perversely as envy and as pride of humility.