Compassion – The Highest Spiritual Truth

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The fundamental need of all of us is love. Every living being is looking for pleasure—from the insignificant insect to the kings and prime ministers. Everyone is seeking pleasure, but there is only one pleasure that can reach the heart, and that is the pleasure of experiencing the heart’s need to give love and receive love. The pleasures of sensual experience, fame, acquisition of wealth, etc. can reach the mind and the senses, but they don’t really touch the heart. What if you were the proprietor of everything on earth when you were the only being on earth? There will be no one to love you and there will be no one to be loved by you. We need love; that’s our nature.

One thing that every spiritual path has in common is the characteristic of compassion.  One who actually follows a spiritual path is an instrument of compassion. In Buddhism, one of the cardinal principles Lord Buddha taught was ahimsa, which means non-violence, respecting the integrity of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of all living beings.

In the Jain religion, they are very strict vegetarians because they want to reduce the amount of violence that they commit to others. During my spiritual search, while I was traveling in Iran, I studied Islam during the month of Ramadan from a very wonderful scholar of Koran. He told me that they follow the fast of Ramadan to develop compassion. He explained that people are hungry because they don’t have money.  Giving charity to them to get our tax laid off is good, but it is not really fulfilling to the heart. To give in charity to get our name exalted is good, but it doesn’t touch our heart. But to give in charity because we actually feel for the suffering of someone else and out of love we really want to help that person, that is real charity. He fasted so that he could know what the pains of hunger are like and then when he sees someone hungry, he feels compassion for that person. The highest and most pleasing service that one can offer is to be willing to accept inconvenience and difficulty in order to show care and compassion to another.

– Radhanath Swami

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  • Raju K Mewada

    Very important quality every human being needs to be developed. H H Radhanath Swami has explained with wonderful examples. We can learn that every religion suggest to take some voluntary inconvenience by some fast or some austerity. With such austerity we can develop some understanding or have some feeling of others. To understand other people and help them to increase their God consciousness is the best service we can do for betterment of society.

  • Kiran Yagain

    All of us are compassionate to variable degrees to the extent we are conscious of God. But God is all compassionate. His pure devotees are much more compassionate as we see in the life of Jesus Christ, Haridas Thakur, Prahlad Maharaj and Ambarisha Maharaj and many more……! God is special that He allows His devotees to become more compassionate than Himself….! Blessed are those who have taken shelter of these pure devotees……!

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    Radhanath Swami Maharaja is himself compassionate in nature hence he describes the essence of being compassionate so easily, simply yet charmingly.

  • The fundamental need of all of us is love. Essence of all!!!

  • Vinay Malani

    A very nice article on compassion by Radhanath Swami

  • Anagha Warade

    The highest and most pleasing service that one can offer is to be willing to accept inconvenience and difficulty in order to show care and compassion to another.
    -very true

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Radhanath swami is always compassionate to others.

  • NEctar of essence-One thing that every spiritual path has in common is the characteristic of compassion.

  • vrushali

    Thank you Radhanath swami for sharing this article on the value of compassion and its necessity in cultivating a spiritual life!

  • manish

    Very nicely worded statement by Radhanath Maharaj.Thank you very much for sharing.

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Always be compassionate to this fallen soul. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Saurabh

    Without being compassionate to others one cannot receive the mercy of Lord.

  • Milind M Churi

    Very nicely worded statement by Radhanath Maharaj.The most and most convincing statement of the Maharaj is that “The highest and most pleasing service that one can offer is to be willing to accept inconvenience and difficulty in order to show care and compassion to another.”Thank you very much.

  • Vinay Jain

    Very touching and at the same time very logical article. Thank you Radhanath Swami!

  • govind

    simply wonderful.

  • Saurabh

    Wonderful article thank you very much.

  • Vishal

    Very profound words by Radhanath Swami.