Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More From Amma

I think this a lovely thought and spiritual lesson from Amma. She writes, " Our compassion and acts of selflessness take us to deeper truths.  Through selfless acts we learn to eradicate the ego that conceals the Self." 

And isn't this so true? When we engage in behavior or attitudes which lack empathy we negate the opportunity for positive and meaningful  action as our minds and hearts are occupied by a selfishness. When we fail to measure the effect of our actions on another person we lose a little bit of our humanity.

I don't think it's an exaggeration to suggest that the tragic bullying incident which resulted ,yesterday, in a fifteen year old's suicide could have been avoided had those students, guilty of taunting and tormenting this young girl,  been able to stand in her shoes.  It was their lack of compassion and empathy which enabled them to engage in cruel and spiteful behavior.

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