The teachings on Chapter 4 of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way focus on recognizing pride, contemplating its disadvantages, and learning its antidotes.
- It is inappropriate to have pride even when one is from an upper class, is a leader, or has power or wealth
- Being a leader often leads to harming others and creating the causes for future suffering
- Comparing arrogance and self-confidence; one is a hindrance and the other necessary for spiritual development
13 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 93-100 (download)