Magnanimity is a cherished human trait. It shows that a person
not only cares for others, he is also willing to go out of the
way to make others comfortable and happy. Some areas where
magnanimity can be shown need our attention. They are:
Let us sometimes sacrifice our own needs and requirements to
provide for others without disclosing this as much as
possible. Looking after others at the expense of one’s own
needs is a great act of virtue. Sages tell us that when we
provide for others in such a situation, the Almighty opens His
treasures for us.
Let us encourage others as much as we can. The best way is to
mention their qualities wherever possible. This includes a
mention in their presence and before others as well. In a way,
this is an unwritten obligation we owe them.
We must make it a point to forgive and forgo the mistakes and
faults of others especially when they realize these follies,
apologize and make amends. We must appreciate that as human
beings, errors come naturally to all of us.
We must try to win over our foes and transform them into our
friends. This can only happen if we show affection and love to
people in spite of the harsh attitude we encounter from them.
Being good to good people is easy. Being good to bad people is
more challenging. They need it the most! We must not hate
people who are jealous of us. They need more love and sympathy
We must try to give the benefit of the doubt to others – even
to our rivals. If a better interpretation of a person’s words
or deeds can be made, we must adhere to it. In other words,
unless there is a strong evidence to the contrary, people must
always be trusted and regarded as honourable members of the
It is always difficult to appreciate and acknowledge those
junior to us. This appreciation must also be unbiased: it must
be expressed even in the case of people who are our
adversaries and harsh critics.