31 August 2012 - QA 2

Please speak about compassion.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

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 breathe in, I don’t want to breathe out.' Impossible!
So breathing in is essential, and that is Passion, for things in life.
Then, there is also a need for Dispassion. Dispassion means the ability to just let go of everything. Dispassion brings you relief and then Compassion becomes your nature.
So you must have Passion when you do work, Dispassion when you want to rest, and Compassion as your very nature. That is it!