Dinesh K Nagpal

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“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”  ~Mother Teresa

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  ~Dalai Lama

 “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” ~Lao Tzu

“Wisdom, compassion and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”  ~Confucius

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”  ~John Holmes

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  ~Leo Buscaglia 

“I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.” ~Albert Camus

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop  

“The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ~Albert Schweitzer

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.”  ~ Max Lucado

In my previous article on ‘How to develop magnetic personality’, some tips for maintaining flow of divine powers in you, have been discussed. And the first and foremost important tip is ‘developing compassion’.

Basic human nature is love and happiness. Every individual born in this world seeks love and happiness from the moment of birth and till last breath. And to get love and happiness, developing compassion is an important prerequisite. In compassion, we develop feelings of care, love, welfare and happiness of the other person. And it is the law of nature, “As you sow, so shall you reap.” More you care for the happiness of others and develop love for others in your heart, the more happiness and love is showered by natural forces in your life.

True compassion is therefore a basic human quality that brings happiness for mankind. Compassion is essence of all religions. It is therefore all religions of this world give importance to practicing love, kindness, care, generosity, selflessness and empathy for all.

Buddhism:

The Buddha taught that to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion.

Believers of Buddhism believe that our compassion is our Buddha seed or Buddha nature, our potential to become a Buddha. It is because all living beings possess this seed that they will all eventually become Buddha.

On compassion Dalai Lama said, “According to Buddhism, compassion is an aspiration, a state of mind, wanting others to be free from suffering. It’s not passive; it’s not empathy alone, rather an empathetic altruism that actively strives to free others from suffering. Genuine compassion must have both wisdom and loving kindness. That is to say, one must understand the nature of the suffering from which we wish to free others (this is wisdom), and one must experience deep intimacy and empathy with other sentient beings (this is loving kindness).”

Christianity:

Concern for the poor and compassion is a fundamental pillar of Christian identity. Jesus Christ was the most forceful teacher who has ever lived and advocated compassion.

In Bible there are several instances where attitude of compassion has been considered a necessity for human beings.

Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

1 Peter 3:8 To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

Psalm 111:4 He has made His wonders to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and compassionate.

Galatians 5:22 -23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Hinduism:

Hindu religion strongly recommends compassion. It says, practice compassion and conquer cruelty and callousness toward all beings. Hindus believe seeing God in everyone and everything. They are told to be kind to people, animals, plants and environment. Hindus are also told to forgive everyone, foster sympathy for others needs and sufferings. Kindness must reflect in thoughts, words and deeds of every Hindu.

Hindus religious book, Bhagvad Gita has also praised attitude of compassion.  Here are some shlokas from Bhagvad Gita.

Adveshtaa Sarva Bhoothaa-naam Maitrah Karuna Yeva Cha
Nirmamo Nirahan-kaaraha Sama Duhkha Sukhah Kshami

Bhagwad Gita Ch. XII, V. 13

Meaning: He who hates no being, who is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from the feeling of I and mine, even-minded in pain and pleasure and forbearing…

Santushtah Sathatham Yogi Yathaa-thmaa Dhrida Nischayaha
Mayyar-pitah Mano Buddhir Yo Madbhaktah Sa Me Priyaha

Bhagwad Gita Ch. XII, V. 14

Meaning: Ever content, steady in meditation, self controlled and possessed of firm conviction, with mind and intellect fixed on me, such a devotee is dear to me.

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Dr. Dinesh K. Nagpal has been studying and practicing The Art and Science of Positivism for over 35 years. His zest for gathering ancient knowledge based on Vedas, Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures, which are full of living life in totality, for the benefit of mankind, brought him laurels. The motto of his life is ‘Caring and Sharing is the essence of life.’

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