Quotations On Suffering, Compassion
and the Heart-Centered Approach
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Enlarge thou me in love, that with the inward palate of my heart I may taste how sweet it is to love, and to be dissolved, and as it were to bathe myself in thy love.
Thomas a Kempis
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Let nothing upset
Saint Teresa of Avila
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
What is to give light must endure burning.
A fire comes with God and from God, surrounding all that is disagreeable to Him and unlike Him and burning it up.
I know how sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong.
Let me seek thee in longing, let me long for thee in seeking; let me find thee in love, and love thee in finding.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Her heart is full of joy with love,
St. Teresa of Avila
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
St. Francis of Assisi
Great Spirit of the heavens,
Native American Tradition
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another
Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural.
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.
Let us have compassion for those under chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I and who are you? Whence do we come and is it quite certain that we did nothing before we were born?
In the secret cave of the heart, two are
May we light the fire of Nachiketa
The Katha Upanishad
Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.
Louise J. Kaplan
Keep your heart pure. A pure heart is necessary to see God in each other. If you see God in each other, there is love for each other, then there is peace.
O good Jesu Thou has bound my heart in the thought of Thy Name, and now I can not but sing it; therefore have mercy upon me, making perfect that Thou hast ordained.
The heart benevolent and kind
The king said, -Divide the living boy in two; then give half to the one, and half to the other. But the woman whose son was alive said to the king -because compassion for her son burned within her - -Please, my lord, give her the living boy; certainly do not kill him! The other said, -It shall be neither mine nor yours; divide it. Then the king responded: -Give the first woman the living boy; do not kill him. She is his mother.
1 Kings. 3:25-37
I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
Compassion can never coexist with judgement because judgement creates the distance, the distinction, which prevents us from really being with the other.
Let not therefore
thy heart be troubled, neither let it fear.
When thou thinkest thyself farthest off from me, oftentimes I am nearest unto thee.
When thou countest almost all to be lost, then oftentimes the greatest gain of reward is close at hand.
All is not lost, when any thing falleth out contrary.
Thou oughtest not to judge according to present feeling; nor so to take any grief, or give thyself over to it.
Thomas a Kempis
It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are
We may make an oratory of our heart wherein to retire from time to time to converse with Him in meekness, humility, and love. Every one is capable of such familiar conversation with God, some more, some less. He knows what we can do. Let us begin, then.
For those who set their hearts on me
The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
They are the real lovers of God
Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not find peace.
Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
The root of the matter… the thing I mean… is love, Christian love, or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
Forget not the central truth, that God is seated in your own heart.
Bless me with a loving heart and a peaceful mind,
In every veil you see, the Divine Beauty is concealed, making every heart a slave to Him. In love to Him the heart finds its life; in desire for Him, the soul finds its happiness. The heart which loves a fair one here, though it knows it not, is really His lover.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Thus abide constantly with the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that the heart swallows the Lord and the Lord the heart, and the two become one.
Saint John Chrysostom
If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.
Thomas a Kempis
And you shall love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
And these words, which I command you this day, shall be upon your heart: and you shall teach them always to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you arise.
The Torah (The Shema)
Everyone sees the Unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more – more Unseen forms become manifest to him.
The Self is hidden in the lotus of the heart. Those who see themselves in all creatures go day by day into the world of Brahman hidden in the heart. Established in peace, they rise above body-consciousness to the supreme light of the Self. Immortal, free from fear, this Self is Brahman, called the True. Beyond the mortal and the immortal, he binds both worlds together. Those who know this live day after day in heaven in this very life.
The Chandogya Upanishad
Let us begin to be devoted to him in good earnest. Let us cast everything besides out of our hearts. He would possess them alone. Beg this favor of him. If we do what we can on our part, we shall soon see that change wrought in us which we aspire after.
Ah, Lord God, thou holy lover of my soul, when thou comest into my heart, all that is within me shall rejoice.
Thou art my glory and the exultation of my heart: thou art my hope and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Thomas a Kempis
As butter lies hidden within milk,
The Amritabindu Upanishad
None has a place in my heart but thee.
Ansari of Hera
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