(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 March 2009, Korsnas, Sweden, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.2.15)
Question: Are the faults that we see in others simply a reflection of our own faults or is there something else to it?
Not always but it can well be. If one is a liberated soul, when one sees faults in others then one sees real faults in others, faults that are there. If one is a conditioned soul then there are two options. One option is that everything one sees is coloured by the glasses of one’s false ego. The false ego gives us coloured glasses where everything is coloured by them. In that case, we see faults in a person and we add a little colour from our own false ego to it as well. Thus we make faults into something more than what is really there. We take what is there and then add something. That is looking at faults through false ego. The other option is that there are no faults at all, and that we just project with our false ego faults onto someone.
So these possibilities are there for the conditioned soul – first is that there are real faults but they are coloured, and other times there are no faults but they come from projections of our false ego. But in the case of a liberated soul, he sees things as they are because he is completely sober and he can see right through you and he sees everything at the glance: the faults, the good qualities – but with compassion, with unlimited compassion.