The moon shines at midday.
Humility is good, but sometimes it is inappropriate. Self-cultivation in private is good, but sometimes it is also inappropriate. Why? Because if one never comes out to help others and show that it is possible to be spiritual in modern times, then people will lose faith. When people go to hear a spiritual master, they do not go to hear self-depreciation. They go to see perfection.
In the past the masters would come down from the mountains to let
people see them. By going among the people, the reaffirmed the validity of spirituality. By walking among the masses, the inspired others to undertake self-cultivation. By helping those whom they encountered, they directly touched the lives of others. Self-cultivation and concentration on the divine is fine, but there are times when one should remember one’s fellow beings.
When one shines forth, it is like the moon at midday—an event so bright that what is normally hidden outshines the brightest people. By their presence, they illuminate and gladden all who come their way.
Deng Ming-Dao (author)
Daily Taoist Meditations