564 TALKS ON u AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " Then you find out more emd more how very easy it is to take things wrongly. Most especially a person who thinks much about himself will take everything very wrongly. I have had example after example of that. One says something of quite a general nature. Some person, unable to believe that anyone can be thinking or speaking of anyone but of him, naturally takes it as personal. The harm done by such mis- understanding is almost infinite. The only thing that we can do is to be exceedingly careful not to assign motives or meanings to what other people say. Take what they say, and put the best construction you can upon it. Generally speak- ing, you will be right in doing so ; sometimes, perhaps, you may be wrong. It is a thousand times better that you should be wrong twenty times, a hundred times, in thinking well of a person, than that you should even once be wrong in thinking ill. Therefore one should be careful not to impute motives. One of the experiments we have to make in the course of training is to identify ourselves with the consciousness of certain animals. It is merely a question of practice. A pupil is set to do that in order that he may be able to learn later on how to do the same thing with other and higher consciousnesses. Now we consider ourselves very far superior to any kind of animal—and rightly, because we belong to a higher kingdom. It should therefore be perfectly simple for as to understand the mind of that animal.