Cultivation of deep empathy would mean , understanding the point of view of another, his deeper feelings, the reason behind his way of thinking. Sometime s we judge another person based on superficial knowledge and then start casting aspirations, which in turn makes the other person do the same and that results in all round hatred , and very bad relations between people , not only others but our close ones too.
Although , it may not be fully related , but I used to run away seeing other's pain and suffering. If I knew someone had passed away in a house I would go there after 2-3 days so that i do not have to witness the deep pain and grief felt by the people at the time of the initial news of a closed one passing away. I would close my eyes if someones wound came in my sight , even in pictures.
Through some introspection and inner cultivation I have changed my way of looking at pain. I could see I was fearful the pain would engulf me and make me feel feel miserable. After long introspection and redefining my values I have come to a realisation that it would actually give me joy If i could alleviate the pain and suffering of someone. Now I do not run away from pain but go closer to it , feel it and try and offer some comfort to the sufferer.
My not running away from pain has helped me to see the world in all its hues.
On Oct 26, 2022 Shyam Gupta wrote :