Compassion


Radhanath swami - CompassionCompassion means to have intense emotions and feelings in our hearts seeing the sufferings of others, and to be willing to make sacrifices, even experience inconveniences for their welfare.

God’s nature is that He is supremely compassionate: it’s only for the sake of those who are suffering in forgetfulness of him that He descends in this material world. Because we are part and parcel of God, we too have the same original nature of compassion. Therefore, as our consciousness becomes purified of material qualities, the prominent quality of the soul of being part and parcel of God’s compassion, to be an instrument of God’s compassion, becomes manifest. .

Philosophically, compassion brings real happiness. Why? Because the expression of compassion is so pleasing to the Lord, when we show compassion, the Lord is pleased and when the Lord is pleased we experience real happiness. The Vedas draw the analogy of a tree to explain this phenomenon. When we water the root of the tree, every part of the tree is nourished, and this cannot be accomplished by watering the parts of the tree separately. Similarly, the Lord being the root of all existence and we being part and parcel of the Lord, the only way to find the nourishment of real happiness is by giving pleasure to the Lord.

How to reawaken this quality of compassion? There is only one way: through association, for we become what we associate with. Prabhupada gave an example to help us understand this. If we put iron rod in fire, it becomes red and hot like fire, and if you touch it, you get the same experience as you touch fire directly. When that same iron is put in ice, it becomes like ice. The law of nature is that we become like whom we associate with. When we associate with God, our godly qualities, of which compassion is a prominent one, awakens within our heart. And what is the best why to associate with God? To associating with those who love God.

– Radhanath Swami

35 Responses to “Compassion”

  1. July 23, 2010 at 1:51 am
    Ramya

    Thank you Maharaj!

  2. July 23, 2010 at 1:52 am
    Ramya

    Dhanyavad Maharaj!

  3. July 24, 2010 at 12:16 am
    Santosh Kaimal

    Can somebody introduce the fortunate devotee accompanying Radhanath Swami

  4. July 29, 2010 at 6:51 am
    Amrita Vilasini

    thanks maharaj.

  5. July 30, 2010 at 7:54 am
    Kamal G d

    What amazed me was that spiritual life allows and appreciates intense emotions and feelings in our hearts.
    Now, who would not like to be with such a GOD who loves and understands our feelings, and emotions.
    Thank you Radhanath Swami for introducing us to… GOD.

  6. August 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm
    priya aiyar

    A compassionate person has all good ‘karmas’ on his side and he easily qualifies for Lord’s bountiful mercy.

  7. August 5, 2010 at 5:09 am
    priya aiyar

    Thankyou Maharaj or your mercy of compassion on souls like us.

  8. August 9, 2010 at 4:46 am
    Deep

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

  9. August 12, 2010 at 4:15 am
    ANKUR

    A qualty which makes heart soft as butter so that divinity can enter and conquer the heart with love and affection and opens the door ofthe dam of pure love for the absolute

  10. August 18, 2010 at 2:19 am
    Gautam Gupta

    Simple but deep realization. Something to truly meditate on.

  11. September 2, 2010 at 6:50 am
    mona

    thank you Maharaj.

  12. September 18, 2010 at 9:00 am
    Komal dalal

    Thank you for teaching us real compassion

  13. September 20, 2010 at 5:38 am
    Mukesh Bang

    Nice one..

    Because we are part and parcel of God, we too have the same original nature of compassion.

    This line touched me..
    If we understnad this one principle – God is one and everyone is his part and parcel, then then there would no more be any other fights between religious sects, between countries, between communities, between families, or between individuals..

    And if we work for a common cause, then everyone can remain blissful. That common cause can be no other than God !!

    Thank you Radhanath maharaj for teaching us valuable lessons thru ur life and lectures..

  14. September 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm
    Ram Mohan Gupta

    When we associate with God, our godly qualities, of which compassion is a prominent one, awakens within our heart. And what is the best why to associate with God? To associating with those who love God.

  15. October 11, 2010 at 10:32 pm
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for practical guidance on how humility leads to love of God

  16. October 16, 2010 at 2:13 am
    Kajal Gandhi

    Thank u Maharaj..

  17. November 11, 2010 at 1:44 am
    Pradnya

    Radhanath Maharaj is d embodiment of Compassion.

  18. December 2, 2010 at 5:27 am
    vibhu goel

    how to invoke real compassion is when we associate with God and persons having that quality .Thank you Maharaj.

  19. March 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    Praveen

    Thanks Maharaj for giving such clear understanding..

  20. April 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm
    PRAVIN

    Radhanrth swami maharaj has very lucidly explained here what is compassion, what it gives, how it gives and how to awaken it….

    Jai

  21. July 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm
    Sundar Ananda das

    very heart warming pic – bright faced Vaisnava boy with Maharaj!

  22. August 31, 2011 at 12:43 am
    sushil rathi

    very wonderful lesson would really try to imbibe this quality in me.
    thank you maharaj

  23. September 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    Pranjal Dixit

    Nice one to realize but very very difficult unless we are so sincere in practice.

  24. September 21, 2011 at 1:23 am
    Jackie

    what a nice picture!! sooo blissful!

  25. October 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm
    surekha

    Thank you HH Radhanath swami for being compassionate towards all the living entities.

  26. December 9, 2011 at 10:26 am
    hulas jain

    really a nice picture!!

  27. December 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm
    anjan

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami for the wonderful article an beautiful analogies

  28. April 4, 2012 at 5:41 am
    saurabh

    Lord is superemely compassionate to give us all guidance to be happy

  29. July 6, 2012 at 8:15 am
    Jaydeep

    Amazing realizations !

  30. March 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Compassion means to have intense emotions and feelings in our hearts seeing the sufferings of others, and to be willing to make sacrifices, even experience inconveniences for their welfare.- Wonderful definition of compassion

  31. March 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    when we show compassion, the Lord is pleased and when the Lord is pleased we experience real happiness – that is the secret of gaining happiness – by pleasing the Lord

  32. March 24, 2013 at 3:18 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Thank you for the wonderful advice that we can develop compassion by associating with people who are compassionate.

  33. May 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Radhanath Swami is an epitome of compassion. He teaches us by his actions. Only great souls like him can be compassionate towards all living entities which is the basis of spiritual life.

  34. August 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Compassion means to have intense emotions and feelings in our hearts seeing the sufferings of others, and to be willing to make sacrifices, even experience inconveniences for their welfare. What a wonderful definition of compassion!

  35. March 26, 2016 at 1:49 am
    onkar deshpande

    The most essential part of our life is compassion and humility without which our life is useless that is what is Radhanath swami Maharaj is emphasizing ! Thank you Maharaj

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Radhanath Swami Quotes...


"It takes hard work to make something wonderful"

"Not a moment in human life passes that you are not accounted for"

"Compassion brings fulfillment to the heart. Selfish desires simply agitate the heart."