Compassion: Essence of Religion

Compassion essence of religion

It is described that the mercy of God is like the sun. The sun does not discriminate, whether you are from this family or that family, this nationality or that nationality. The sun rays are beneficially giving out themselves to everyone. But if we hide in a cave where the sun rays can’t penetrate, that is our own misfortune. Those representing God, are like mirrors of the sun, of God’s mercy. They are reflecting the divine mercy of the Lord in all directions to anyone who is simply accepting it. Everyone in this world is so much succumbing to pursuing their own petty little selfish ambitions in life that they are missing the whole point of human civilization, which is to act as a servant of God for the welfare of all living beings. We should know that until we accept that principle in our life, we will never find real happiness. “The more you take the less you have. The more you give the more you have.” This is spiritual principle.

Srila Prabhupada explained that the class of men often called the yogis, are often very strict in their spiritual principles, for their own spiritual advancement. But the great devotees of the Lord are very attentive and intense in their execution of devotional service so that they can make spiritual advancement. Why? Because the more advancement they make, the more they can give to others. They do not keep anything for themselves. That is a symptom of a great soul. Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita “There is no one more dear to me than those who sacrifice and risk everything for the sake of others (spiritual advancement of the common masses).”

by Radhanath Swami


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