True Meaning of Compassion
Let us consider the quality of compassion a little and try to cultivate it in our lives. We know that the word "passion" in English implies strong and barely controllable emotions and their outburst. We humans are passionate by nature. We are often overpowered by our emotions. Passion also means "intense enthusiasm." We have tremendous power and strength, but it is mostly misdirected. We become passionately attached to the world, so we suffer a lot. We should not waste our time, talent, and treasure worrying with emotion. We should use our enthusiasm and love practically.
Now let’s discuss the word "compassion," which implies our concern for the suffering of others. Suffering is everywhere.
Having witnessed the misery and suffering of the world, Prince Gautama left royal glamor and accepted monasticism to find the way to peace, bliss, and nirvana (liberation). Compassion is a strong feeling in the heart that wishes to help and serve others when problems and difficulties are seen in their lives.
A rich person can provide a helping hand to the poor. A healthy person can help others live healthy, joyful lives. To help others, we must have health, happiness, and peace within and be ready to serve others with love. By serving others, we ultimately serve ourselves. Compassion leads to transformation of the heart. It breeds tenderness. The divine quality in each one of us helps us grow. Compassion is an essential spiritual quality to be cultivated in each one of us.
In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (1:33), the sage suggests practicing compassion (karuna) to purify our minds.
Karuna (compassion) is a name for Mother Ganga. Ganga is a unique river that has been a spirit of spirituality since time immemorial. She is a compassionate river that purifies countless human sins and sufferings and leads all to the ultimate divine state of spiritual experience.
Let us live compassionately in our daily lives and become worthy examples of love and compassion.