Preksha Dhyana: Therapeutic Thinking: [12] Exercise For Acquiring The Virtue Of Compassion

Published: 15.03.2010
Updated: 02.07.2015

Compassion is a virtue which inspires one to have concern for the welfare and happiness of others. It implies considerateness not only for human beings but with all living creatures. The behaviour of a person endowed with this virtue will be disposed to show a kindly and merciful attitude towards others who are suffering or in distress and to help them when and where possible. Cruelty which is opposite of compassion pertains to temperaments and attitudes that are lacking in sensitivity and harsh or harmful acts that inflict pain on others. While compassion is a humane trait, cruelty is in­human or beastly. In other words, absence of compassion is unworthy of a human being because of its unkindness and callousness. In the context of social health, compassion is not only desirable but essential.

Instructions for Exercise

1-2. Steps 1-2 as in exercise no. 1
3-4. Steps 3-4 as in exercise no; 9, except that the colour to be visualized and inhaled is bright pink.

Focus your full attention on the Centre of Bliss and recite the following sentences first loudly (nine times) and then mentally (nine times):

  • My interests encompass the entire universe.
  • My compassion is increasing

Contemplate on the high moral value of this virtue on the following lines:

  • Urge of anger, arrogance and greed results in the psychological distortion of cruety.
  • Nobody wants to be the victim of a painful behaviour, so why should I behave as to cause pain or unpleasantness to others.
  • In order to live a decent and peaceful social life, I must develop the feeling of compassion.
  • I vow to reinforce the motion of compassion.
7. Step no. 7 as in the exercise no.l

Published by:
Jain Vishva Bharati
Ladnun-341 306 (Rajasthan)

Edited by: Muni Mahendra Kumar

© Jain Vishva Bharati

Third Edition: September, 1995

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