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    On Jul 10, 2015 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

     Compassion is like unconditional love, not bound by right or wrong or good or evil laws.Compassion has no boundaries or barriers. Compassion is like mercy offered to any one regardless of flaws. I used to begin my classes with meditation in a state university . There was no reference to any religion.The students loved it and they found it very helpful for relaxing their body and quieting their mind. One of the professors objected to  starting my classes with meditation in a state university. It took the turn of a scandal. According to me, I was not violating any law as meditation is not religious.  In his eyes, I was trying to convert the students to follow a religion. This situation presented a great learning opportunity for me to apply compassion to my apparently adversarial colleague.I requested him to visit my class any day and then make a judgment about what I was doing. He accepted my invitation and it resulted in a respectful and cordial genuine relationship. Practicing compassion has made me humble and has helped me  keep my heart open to relate to others with no expectation in return.

    Compassion, like unconditional love, is a spontaneous emotion with no agenda for getting anything in return.It is not imposed on anybody.It is not offered when someone asks for it.When I see someone in pain or hurting, I deeply feel for that person and offer my helping hand to him. A compassionate act does not look for a reward in return. It is an offering from the heart. Compassionate actions have enriched and fulfilled my heart.

    This poem eloquently expresses the beauty of compassion and kindness. I read it over and over and it feels my heart with joyful gratitude.

    May we feel compassion for us, for the people close to us and far away from us, and especially those who disagree with us and may hurt our feelings.


    Jagdish P dave

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