"The feeling of compassion is the one which probably is most misunderstood and feared by those who are attempting to identify themselves as a Being of Love. The reason the difficulty arises is simply this: you see yourself and identify your Being as a body, but it is not. You do not accept the fact that you are at this moment, a totally undistorted expression of the Mind of God. And because you do not, you see a need to have pity upon yourself and others who see likewise. I am sure that it would shock you significantly were I to tell you there is no compassion in the Mind of God. What exists there is only the expression of truth. God's Vision, being real, sees you only in your state of Reality. It sees you only in the perfection in which you truly exist. And to this, ascribe joy and not compassion.

"When you come to the understanding that the truest expression of yourself as an extension of the Mind of God is only to reflect the love that lies therein, you will see there is no need for compassion; there is nothing to be compassionate about. So am I telling you that while you dwell in a state of dream to go about expressing cruelty? Obviously not. What I am encouraging you to do it to go about expressing your Self as an extension of the only thing that truly exists and that is a state of perfect love! Because it is in the doing of this that you will recognize it. It is by what you teach that you have decided what it is you have chosen to learn. Does this sound familiar? Teach only love. That truly is all you are." [Dialogue on Awakening, 3rd edition, page 28]

"To look upon the fear of God does need some preparation. Only the sane can look on stark insanity and raving madness with pity and compassion, but not with fear. For only if they share in it does it seem fearful, and you do share in it until you look upon your brother with perfect faith and love and tenderness. Before complete forgiveness you still stand unforgiving. You are afraid of God *because* you fear your brother. Those you do not forgive you fear. And no one reaches love with fear beside him." [ACIM, Chapter 19, Part 4, Section D, para. 11]


A MAN OF COMPASSION SHOULD NOT BE DISTURBED BY SMALL THINGS IN LIFE, which are happening every moment. Only then, in an indirect way, are you helping your compassionate energies to accumulate, to crystallize, to become stronger, and to go on rising with your meditation.

SO THE DAY THE BLISSFUL MOMENT COMES, when you are full of light, there will be at least one companion: COMPASSION. And immediately a new style of life... because now you have so much that you can bless the whole world.

Although Gautam Buddha insisted consistently, finally he had to make a division, a categorization amongst his disciples. One category he calls ARHATAS; they are enlightened people, but without compassion. They have put their whole energy into meditation, but they have not listened about compassion. And the other he calls BODHISATTVAS; they have listened to his message of compassion. They are enlightened with compassion, so they are not in a hurry to go to the other shore; THEY WANT TO LINGER ON THIS SHORE, WITH ALL KINDS OF DIFFICULTIES, TO HELP PEOPLE. Their boat has arrived, and perhaps the captain is saying, "Don't waste time, the call has come from the other shore, which you have been seeking all your life."

BUT THEY PERSUADE THE CAPTAIN TO WAIT A LITTLE, so that they can share their joy, their wisdom, their light, their love with all those people who are also searching the same. This will become a trust in them: "Yes, there is another shore, and when you are ripe a boat comes to take you to the other shore. THERE IS A SHORE OF IMMORTALS, there is a shore where no misery exists, there is a shore where life is simply a moment-to-moment song and a dance. Let me at least give them a little taste before I leave the world."

And masters have tried in every possible way to cling to something so that they are not swept away to the other shore. ACCORDING TO BUDDHA, COMPASSION IS THE BEST, because compassion is also a desire, in the final analysis. THE IDEA TO HELP SOMEBODY IS ALSO A DESIRE, and while you can keep the desire you cannot be taken to the other shore. It is a very thin thread that keeps you attached to the world. Everything is broken, all chains are broken - a thin thread of love ... But Buddha's emphasis is, keep that thin thread as long as possible; as many people that can be helped, help them.

YOUR ENLIGHTENMENT SHOULD NOT HAVE A SELFISH MOTIVE, it should not be just yours; you should make it shared as widely, to as many people as possible. That's the only way to raise the consciousness on the earth - which has given you life, which has given you the chance to become enlightened.

THIS IS THE MOMENT TO PAY BACK SOMETHING, although you cannot pay back everything that life has given to you. But something - just two flowers, in gratitude.

The New Dawn
Ch #22: Compassion - Love come of age
am in Chuang Tzu Auditorium

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