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Karuṇā

The Sanskrit word, “Karuā,” is translated as, “Compassion.” Compassion is at the heart of a person walking the spiritual path, as compassion is the conscious motivator for a person to step beyond the boundaries of Self and reach out and care more about the other person than simply the self-serving mindset of caring about themselves.

Compassion is a complicated concept, however. For within its definition is how one interprets it, and from this, it is very common, that much of its true understanding is lost. For many, compassion is motivated simply by one person feeling sorry for another individual. But, the true understanding of compassion is much deeper than that. Compassion is as much about one person turning off their own desires in order to truly understand the life condition of someone else than it is simply about one person feeling sorry for someone else.

Think about your life; think about the people you have felt sorry for. Who are those people and why did you feel that emotion towards them? For most, that emotion arises when you see a person being hurt or damaged by the words or actions of someone else. Though this is a natural reaction in life, for those people who care enough to care about anyone but themselves, if you think about it, if that is the motivation for feeling compassion than it is more based upon superiority than benevolence. It is based upon the concept of they are living that lessor lifestyle or they are having that done to them and I am not. Let me help them.

In essence, that style of behavior, though giving, is based in ego, “I can give this to you,” rather than it being based in true compassion.

This is where compassion gets a little bit complicated and why the true Buddhist understating of compassion is rarely put into practice. True compassion is enacted by removing yourself from the equation and giving/helping from a space of refined consciousness where the thought of you or the idea of you giving is not involved. In other words, it is not actualized with the thought, “I am doing this for them,” or “I am helping them,” it is done from a space of absolute oneness where your action are based in the sense of helping the greater all, not simply you doing this for them.

Most people operate from the very low level of human consciousness where they based everything that they do upon a mindset of, “Me.” They think what they think, they do what they do, but all of that doing is based upon what they think, what they want, and what they hope to achieve whether it is for themselves or for someone else. Most actions, which may be considered compassionate, are enacted from this frame of mind, as well. Though good is always better than bad—though giving is always better than taking, many people miss the point when they do the things they do that are geared towards helping other people. They miss the point because they are only seeing themselves as the sourcepoint of the action—they are only seeing themselves as the someone who is doing the something.

True compassion is based upon your doing, whatever good action it is you are doing, motivated by the perspective of removing yourself, your doing, and your giving from the equation and doing what you do based in an true expression of enhancing the greater good. Thus, all desire for any expected outcome, on your part, is removed—all hope for any gratitude or receiving any praise or reward, on your part, is absent from the motivation for your actions. That is how you can identify a truly companioned act—there is no sense of one person doing one thing that befits them in an manner.

True compassion is about you removing you from the equation of giving and simply providing another individual or a greater entity with what they truly need, not with what you want them to have or what you think that they need. Compassion is you giving from the most spiritually pure, egoless, and caring place in your being. It is you providing when
you are not involved.