Compassion is often misunderstood. Partly because we do not have a good word in English that gives the full meaning of ‘nyingje’ or ‘karuṇā’. Not only is this general compassion, it includes enlightened wisdom. There is no weakness or pity. It is fully engaged courage and wisdom to fight against abuse and harm, while also counteracting all kinds of misery, even our harmful inner delusions. This fighting is without anger or violence. It is with love embraced by wisdom. The motivation is to help everyone, the victim, and even the aggressor. Stopping the aggressor from engaging in harmful actions, lessens his/her future negative consequences. Stopping abuse also prevents the victim’s potential harm. This takes courage, hence the analogy of the Spiritual Samarai Warrior. Strong and wise, but without anger or violence. Pure love bathed in wisdom, concerned for the wellbeing of others, all others. Happy Easter.
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