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Hindus/Compassion towards beings


Respected Sir,
We are exhorted to share Jeeva Karunyam( compassion towards beings)
for their well being.
When I extend my compassionate Love on others , and if such act of compassion is not going to reach/ benefit them, then  is not  such  an act  of compassion is treated as  selfish nature only ?
With kind respects,
T R Vasudevan

Dear TRV,

Vedas do not require anyone to be compassionate SELFLESSLY. Vedas merely suggest that we all should be compassionate for our own benefit. If we want to have a good life, we should do good karma (punya). Being compassionate to others (including people, animals and all living beings) is a very good means to accumulate punya. It does not matter whether the others got benefit or not. It is enough if you are compassionate in order to earn punya. You should be sincere in your thoughts. You should do your best in terms of words and deeds. That is all you need to do. You should not be expecting or checking whether the other person got the benefit or not.

For example, if you see a purse slipping out of the hand of a fellow passenger, you can compassionately help that person to take back the purse. However, you should not even expect any gratitude or thanks from that person.

You are not doing such acts for the sake of the other person. You are doing it for enriching your own future. Your destiny is written by your thoughts/deeds/actions. Therefore, Vedas give such suggestions. It is not your duty to help others. It is optional.

Swami Vivkananda wrote 'Not even an ant will die for want of your help. If you get an opportunity to help anyone you should be thankful'.

Thanks for asking this important question. If you need more clarifications please post a new question.

Best wishes,
Raja Subramaniyan


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