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Compassion in Action

--by Ram Dass (Mar 10, 2003)


When we look at the vast sadness and suffering in the world, we often experience intense pain in our hearts. The suffering so often seems cruel, unnecessary, and unjustified ~ reflecting a heartless universe. The human greed and fear that are causing much of the suffering seem out of control. But when our hearts open in the midst of this, we want to help. This is the experience of compassion.

Compassion is the tender opening of our hearts to pain and suffering. When compassion arises in us, we see and acknowledge what we often push away ~ the parts of life that cause us sadness, anger or outrage. The powerful awakening of our own compassion can tune us not just to the nurturing and sustaining forces of the world, but to the oppressive and destructive ones as well. When we open to these directly and become familiar with them, instead of avoiding them as we often do, we are more likely to hear ways to respond with love and support to relieve the suffering. When the pain is our own, we want to end it. If we can't do this by ourselves, we long for help. When it is not our cry, but someone else's, compassion allows us to feel it as our own, to feel the same longing, to hear our hearts calling us to help.

The Dalai Lama has said, "Love and compassion are not necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. With them, we can make a joint effort to solve the problems of the whole of humankind."

Compassion is the basis of all truthful relationships: it means being present with love ~ for ourselves and for all life, including animals, fish, birds, and trees. Compassion is bringing our deepest truth into our actions, no matter how much the world seems to resist, because that is ultimately what we have to give this world and one another.

--Ram Dass


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On Nov 13, 2012 sharyline wrote:
 Very nicely written, some times speaking is not the  same as doing...... just like the wind and the rain.... a blowing wind may not always be accompanied by rain, neither a heavy rain with wind......

On Jan 7, 2012 John wrote:

To make others happy, act with compassion.

To make yourself happy, act with compassion.

The Buddha

 



On Jan 6, 2012 Sylvester Yakai wrote:

When you are in a very difficult situation where resentment and bitterness have the tendency to overwhlm you. You are a prisoner. The person you resent or being bitter torwards is not the victim anymore, You are self-inflicting emotional wounds and adding more salt to your own pains by lamenting continually so as to sustain your hate towards the other person.Resentment and Bitterness can take the form of self-pitty that makes you do not want to talk to the person you resent. Or it can take the form of direct designs of schemes to take your purpported oppressor down. When you are in this state, all emotional rationale evaporates and you see all situations and circumstances through a very narrow perspective. The danger is your social life and all other aspect of your humanity in whole will crumble and collapse systematically.Hence compassionate is not about defeat, nor setting the purpported oppressor free, though maybe percieved as yes, but the greates benefit is for you and you yoursel  See full.

When you are in a very difficult situation where resentment and bitterness have the tendency to overwhlm you. You are a prisoner. The person you resent or being bitter torwards is not the victim anymore, You are self-inflicting emotional wounds and adding more salt to your own pains by lamenting continually so as to sustain your hate towards the other person.

Resentment and Bitterness can take the form of self-pitty that makes you do not want to talk to the person you resent. Or it can take the form of direct designs of schemes to take your purpported oppressor down. When you are in this state, all emotional rationale evaporates and you see all situations and circumstances through a very narrow perspective. The danger is your social life and all other aspect of your humanity in whole will crumble and collapse systematically.

Hence compassionate is not about defeat, nor setting the purpported oppressor free, though maybe percieved as yes, but the greates benefit is for you and you yourself. It arrests your downward spiral fueled and sustained by unhealthy emtional packets of fuel. Compassion sets you free as it extingusihes the destructive fire of pain in you and rehabilitate the garden of roses in you. It tends to gradually and progressively brings the good in you out. You have to work on it and it is a worthy effort.

Bliblically speaking, God created us in his own image. In principle it means we are perfect as of creation, But sin which is the desire of the flesh erodes that perfection and that hurts the Creator very much. And it is the device of Satan, but how did God responded to this:- He responded with COMPASSION. Jesus our Lord and Saviour is the gereatest testimony of the our Creator's COMPASSIONATE RESPONSE to his creations perils invoked by sin

It is the greatest lesson for mankind, TO BE COMPASSIONATE, but yet maybe so obscured by the temporary luxuries of Human Pride and Ego that is motivated by revenge and other anti-social designs.

Sylvester Yakai

 

 

 

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On Jan 5, 2012 Priscilla wrote:

Our Lord Jesus is a compassionate God and His mercy endureth forever. As I read the above article the words of our Lord struck me and they are transforming words 



On Jan 5, 2012 Hue Ngo wrote:

You wrote the Dalai Lama Quote wrong: it is that Love and compassion ARE necessities! You wrote, that they are NO necessities.of course they Are no luxurious Things, BUT they are necessary to our lifes.

 
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