Compassion

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  1. Dearest Gurudev, how to be compassionate towards others those who do not behave properly with us. I find being compassionate more difficult than getting angry or irritated.

    If you broaden your vision you will see this from a different angle. You will feel sorry for the person with whom you are getting angry. Their behavior is rude because somewhere in their psyche there is roughness, discomfort, and uneasiness. They have n ...

  2. Dear Gurudev, I find that very often people take advantage of me. For a while it seems okay, but then it makes me angry that they are just walking all over me. Where do I draw the line? If I resist I often feel guilty that I’m being selfish. How can I differentiate between self respect and ego?

    Now you are mixing up too many things up.
    First of all, you should know when a person is taking advantage of you and when you have to be compassionate. This is like asking me how to balance a bicycle. Just balance! I can’t say if you fall to th ...

  3. You have told me that compassion and morality must be a precursor to an effective economic system, but you’re also saying that an effective economic system is important for compassion. Is it true that compassion and free enterprise are intertwined and one must build on the other?

    See, whether capitalism, communism, socialism or secularism, no ism will work without humanism. The heart of humanism is compassion, and it is essential. Without that nothing can work. Everything will be lame. And we’ve f ...

  4. Is your philosophy of compassion compatible with free enterprise and capitalism?

    Definitely. Capitalism without compassion will not lead to a just society. Only a rich person can be compassionate. A poor man’s compassion has no value.

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  5. Gurudev, after the Asaram Bapu incident (referring to a recent scandal wherein a spiritual leader was accused of inappropriate conduct with a female devotee), my friends have started questioning my faith in the Art of Living. What can I say to them to convince them that the Art of Living is different?

    What can one say? Just tell them not to be paranoid. Tell them that sometimes accidents do take place on the street. But just because accidents happen, you do not stop walking on the street, isn’t it? If you do that, then that is called mental imbalance or ...
  6. Gurudev, someone I love has hurt me. I am finding it difficult to forgive them. What should I do?

    What are the options in front of you?
    One is, you don’t forgive them. If it is so difficult to forgive, then don’t forgive. My concern is, are you happy and peaceful? Can you be happy, content and peaceful without forgiving? No! Then just let go! ...
  7. Gurudev, yesterday you said that the divine takes care of everyone, then why is there poverty, why there are floods?

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Imagine a situation when there are no problems in the world.
    You go to see a movie and in that movie there are no problems and no tension. A man gets up, eats, goes to work, comes home and goes to sleep, and does the same thing e ...
  8. Gurudev, receiving unconditional love from you has become such a habit that whenever I get into a relationship, I look for the same love in the other person, and none of the relationships work out for me. What do I do?

    Actually, I am not qualified to speak about the secret of relationships! However, I will tell you this, you may pour all your love on somebody, but you should also see how much love they can take.
    When water is falling with a lot of force ...
  9. Gurudev, you have mentioned 16 qualities in Lord Krishna. Do I also have all these 16 qualities somewhere in me? If yes, how do I bring them out?

    Yes, everybody has all these 16 qualities, and the more centred you are, the more passionate and compassionate you are, the more they will manifest. ...
  10. Gurudev, Please speak about compassion.

    In life there are three things which are essential:
    1. Passion
    2. Dispassion, and
    3. Compassion

    Passion is like breathing in, and Dispassion is like breathing out. No one can say, ‘I want to only ...

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