Words of Compassion from the Masters

This page of words of compassion from the masters came about because the concept of compassion kept popping up for my attention.  (The Universe was telling me something, don’t you think?)  

What kept coming up was the incredibly profound effect that compassion has on our relationships, both personally and globally.  So, it felt imperative that these words of compassion from the masters be passed on to you.

Words of compassion support others through their experiences.

Defining Compassion

First of all, what is compassion?  The number of different definitions is mind boggling.  Each point of view, whether based in religion, spirituality or psychology (to name a few), has its definition.  

If you are comfortable with your own definition, please feel free to continue on to the Words of Compassion (The Quotes) section below.

If you are interested in a definition with a solid, scientific understanding of what compassion means to us spiritually and mentally, please read on. 

The definition comes from Gregg Braden, an author and scientist whose mission is to bridge science and spirituality.  Below is a brief summary from his Gaia.com programs Missing Links, which is available with a general membership, and Human by Design, which is available with a Live Access membership. 

Gregg Braden begins by saying that understanding compassion comes first by understanding sympathy and empathy.  With sympathy, we desire to support the person who is suffering, although we are not suffering ourselves.  With empathy, we feel the other person’s suffering.  In fact, the same area of our brain lights up as the person who is suffering, just not to the same degree.

With compassion, our focus moves from our head, a polarity organ, to our heart, a non-polarity organ.  This means that we are no longer making judgments about the goodness or badness of what other people are suffering.  When we do not judge, we are not attached to what they do as a result of their suffering, and we are able to hold our attention on a positive outcome for them.  This allows us to fully support them through their experience.

In his book The Science of Self-Empowerment: Awakening the New Human Story (Carlsbad, California, Hay House Inc., 2017.), Gregg Braden further presents his discussions with learned Tibetan monks about compassion and what it truly means for our world.  His compelling conclusion from those discussions is included in the Words of Compassion (The Quotes) section below.

Now that we know what compassion is, on to the quotes!

Words of Compassion (The Quotes)

New! “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.  It’s a relationship between equals.  Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.  Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

     Pema Chodron.  The Places That Scare You, a Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times.  Boston, MA, Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2001.

“Compassionate people ask for what they need.  They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it.  They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.”

     Brown, Brene.  Rising Strong.  New York, Spiegel & Grau, 2015.

“A compassionate heart is more effective against evil than an army.  An army can engage another army, but it cannot engage evil.  A compassionate heart can engage evil directly—it can bring Light where there was no Light.”

     Zukav, Gary.  The Seat of the Soul.  Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1989.

“When you choose to respond to life’s difficulties with compassion and love instead of fear and doubt, you create a ‘heaven on Earth’—you bring the aspects of a more balanced and harmonious level of reality into physical being.”

     Zukav, Gary, The Seat of the Soul.  Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1989.

“When we experience true compassion in our lives, our sense of separation between ourselves and others, all life, and the world, as well as within ourselves, disappears.”

     Braden, Gregg.  The Science of Self-Empowerment: Awakening the New Human Story.  Carlsbad, California, Hay House Inc., 2017.

“I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness.  It is the practice of compassion.”

     Dalai Lama XIV.  “Compassion and the Individual.”  Dalailama.com.  

https://www.dalailama.com/messages/compassion-and-human-values/compassion.  Accessed May 18, 2021.

“A compassionate attitude opens our inner door, and as a result it is much easier to communicate with others.”

     Dalai Lama XIV.  “Universal Responsibility in the Modern World.”  Dalailama.com.  https://www.dalailama.com/messages/transcripts-and-interviews/universal-responsibility-modern-world.  Accessed May 18, 2021.

“Genuine, lasting world peace must be through inner peace. I sometimes call that ‘inner disarmament’. Through anger and hatred, genuine peace is very difficult. Even at the family level, if you are full of hatred and suspicion, how can you develop genuine peace in that family? Compassion brings real peace.”

     Dalai Lama XIV.  “Universal Responsibility in the Modern World.”  Dalailama.com.  https://www.dalailama.com/messages/transcripts-and-interviews/universal-responsibility-modern-world.  Accessed May 18, 2021.

“To be compassionate is to move into the right here, right now with an open heart consciousness and a willingness to be supportive.”

     Taylor, Jill Bolte.  My Stroke of Insight, A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.  New York, Penguin Group, 2006.

“Underneath even the most annoying behavior is a frustrated person who is crying out for compassion.”

     Carlson, Richard. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff.  New York, Hyperion, 1997.

“If you cannot be compassionate to yourself, you will not be able to be compassionate to others.”

     Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace.  Berkeley, CA, Parallax Press, 1987. 1996.

“Compassionate toward yourself,

you reconcile all beings in the world.”

     Mitchell, Stephen.  Tao Te Ching, A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes.  HarperCollins Publishers, 1991, 2000, 2006.

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