“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama
Compassion is the purest form of love.
The word “compassion” is beautiful. It is made out of the same word as “passion.” When passion is transformed, when the desire to seek and search for the other is no more there, when you are enough unto yourself, when you don’t need anybody, when the very desire for the other has evaporated, when you are utterly happy, blissful, just being alone, then passion becomes compassion. Now you don’t seek the other because you are feeling empty and lonely; now you seek the other because you are too full and you would like to share.
The highest form of energy is compassion. To be compassionate means to be in love. Compassion is just a dimension of love.
In love, there is gratitude, there is a deep gratefulness. You know that the other is not a thing. You know that the other has a grandeur, a personality, a soul, an individuality. In love you give total freedom to the other. Of course, you give and you take; it is a give-and-take relationship - but with respect.
In love, you are thankful because the other has given something to you.
In compassion,you simply give, you are thankful because the other has taken something from you; you are thankful because the other has not rejected you. You had come with energy to give, you had come with many flowers to share, and the other allowed you, the other was receptive. You are thankful because the other was receptive.There is no idea anywhere in your mind to get anything back - you simply share.
Compassion is the highest form of love. Much comes back but that is not the point, you don′t hanker for it. If it is not coming there is no complaint about it. If it is coming you are simply surprised! If it is coming, it is unbelievable. If it is not coming there is no problem - you had never given your heart to somebody for any bargain. You simply shower because you have. You have so much that if you don′t shower you will become burdened. Just like a cloud full of rainwater has to shower. And next time when a cloud is showering watch silently, and you will always hear, when the cloud has showered and the earth has absorbed, you will always hear the cloud saying to the earth "Thank-you." The earth helped the cloud to unburden.
When a flower has bloomed, it has to share its fragrance to the winds. It is natural! It is not a bargain, it is not a business - it is simply natural! The flower is full of fragrance - what to do? If the flower keeps the fragrance to itself then the flower will feel very, very tense, in deep anguish. The greatest anguish in life is when you cannot express, when you cannot communicate, when you cannot share. The poorest man is he who has nothing to share, or who has something to share but has lost the capacity, the art, of how to share it - then a man is poor.
The man of compassion is the richest - he is at the top of the world. He has no confinement, no limitation. He simply gives and goes on his way. He does not even wait for you to say a thank-you. With tremendous love he shares his energy.
When you have faith, compassion can pour into you. When you have faith, you are open to compassion.
Compassion is love purified - so much so that you simply give and don′t ask anything in return.
After each meditation, when you are celebrating, have compassion. Just feel that your energy should go and help people in whatsoever ways they need it. Just release it! You will be unburdened, you will feel very relaxed, you will feel very calm and quiet, and the vibrations that you have released will help many. End your meditations always with compassion.
As you love yourself, love the whole existence - because in the ultimate analysis the whole existence is yourself. It is you - reflected in many mirrors. It is you - it is not separate from you.
You have to understand that to be compassionate one has to have compassion for oneself in the first place. If you don′t love yourself you will never be able to love anybody else. If you are not kind to yourself you cannot be kind to anybody else.
We always think that to love one needs somebody else. But if you don′t learn it with yourself you will not be able to practise it with others.
Relax and just be yourself. Be respectful to your individuality and have the courage to sign your own signature.
When you are not trying to become anybody else, then you simply relax - then a grace arises. Then you are full of grandeur, splendor, harmony - because then there is no conflict! nowhere to go, nothing to fight for; nothing to force, enforce upon yourself violently. You become innocent. In that innocence you will feel compassion and love for yourself. You will feel happy with yourself.
The roses bloom so beautifully because they are not trying to become lotuses. And the lotuses bloom so beautifully because they have not heard the legends about other flowers. Everything in nature goes so beautifully in accord, because nobody is trying to compete with anybody, nobody is trying to become anybody else. Everything is the way it is.
Just be yourself and remember you cannot be anything else, whatsoever you do. All effort is futile. You have to be just yourself.
Compassion is the flowering. And when compassion happens to one person, millions are healed.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop