Each human being is a fascinating combination of Devine and Demonic qualities. We all have the devil in us, something that makes us pursue self-destructive ways. Yet, even the worst amongst us have extraordinary Devine traits. Our success depends on how well we are able to operate out of our own goodness and marginalise the demonic qualities. Some Devine qualities listed are fearlessness, purity of heart and Charity.
Those two turn spiritual are driven by fear or retribution. Worship must be backed by love not fear. Purity of heart comes with freedom from selfishness and desire. Charity comes from recognising the infinite benevolence of nature. Yet people visit places of worship only to ask for more. True prayer is acknowledgement of what you already have and the desire to share, serve and contribute to the less privileged. You become rich by what you give. The difference between Devine and Demonic is knowledge. The Devine have access to higher knowledge, while the Demonic, deluded by greed, lust and ego are ignorant of their potential.
We are a combination of matter and spirit. You know only matter. You have no inkling of the spirit in you. Yet, spirit being our original nature, it makes its presence felt. Thus, you attribute the glory, magnificence and grandeur of spirit to your individual personality. The way out is knowledge of the distinction between matter and spirit. Then there is no more confusion. Misery and grief vanish and you get established in happiness.
You have to free yourselves from the gates of darkness, desire, anger and greed. Anger and greed are mutation of desire. So it is desire that needs to be combated and overcome. Yet desire is encouraged, fanned and promoted. The doors to your soul are kept shut and you live and die without even a glimpse of your own power and magnificence. If you follow your Devine nature, you do yourself good and uplift others as well. You live a life of success and happiness and eventually transcend the world to attain liberation.
Compassion is not an attribute of any one religion. It is a universal principle for happiness and peace. In a world torn by conflict and strife where violence and not love dictates people’s action, what every person at every age needs to learn is the art of nurturing compassion within. Whoever you may be, you need compassion. Compassion should no more lie in the ideologies of Philosophers or in the lucrative rewards of theologians (in after life). The voice of compassion needs to be heard in every household, educational institution, office, mall and theatre besides other places and circumstances.
Compassion begins with empathy. Empathy is the ability to feel for another. Those who are sensitive to the motions of life, to the experience of pain and pleasure are capable of empathy. Those who have paid attention to their emotional upsurges, the unintelligent ways of anger, hurt or hate, the irrationality of fear, feel empathy for another who is going through a similar emotion. Empathy and compassion thus born would naturally blossom into acts of kindness to reach out to others.
Well being of the other is the highest priority for a compassionate person. Hence his/her actions would reflect tremendous intelligence, fortitude and discretion. Compassion is not the armour of the weak. It is a weapon of the strong. To believe that anger and violence can solve our problem is a mistaken belief. Problems at micro as well as macro level arise because of lack of understanding and love between people. Situation based problems need better strategy and skill to solve them but emotion based problems need people who are involved, in moving out of those negative emotions that are causing them.
That is why any constructive change can never be effected through anger and violence. Compassion is the answer. Let us nurture the noble virtue of compassion with dedication. Let us see the faces of people who walk into our world with smiles, tears, affection and wrath. Let us mediate on their feelings to let compassion blossom.