All that is ill within humanity derives from a lack of love. All that is wrong with humanity is somewhere associated with love. Humans are either not able to love, or are not able to receive love. People have forgotten how to share their being. That's a great cause of misery. This inability to fully love or to receive love creates all sorts of complexes inside.
Wounds inside us can surface in many ways. They can become physical illness, they can become spiritual illness---but deep down humanity suffers from a lack of love. Just as food and water is needed for the body, love is needed for the soul. Our bodies cannot survive without food, and our souls cannot survive without love.
What, then, is compassion? Compassion is a pure form of love. Sex is the lowest form of love, compassion the highest form of love. In sex the contact is basically physical; in compassion the contact is basically spiritual. In love, compassion and sex are mixed, the physical and the spiritual are mixed. Love, for most, is the middle point between compassion and sex.
Compassion is also one of the highest forms of energy. In fact, the word "compassion" is quite beautiful: half of it is "passion"--so I think of compassion as refined passion.
Most people today equate sex with love. However, in sex, you use the other in many ways, you reduce the other to a means, you reduce the other to a thing, a commodity. That's why in unrefined sexual relationships people begin to feel a sort of reduction spiritually. Nowadays, people have allowed themselves to be reduced to a commodity, a thing. This inherently strips away a person's true freedom. The more you are treated as a person, the more you are free. The more you are treated as a thing, a commodity, the less free you truly are.
In Love, there is gratitude, there is deep gratefulness. You know that the other is not a thing, a commodity. You know that the other has a grandeur, a soul, an individuality. In Love you give total freedom to the other. Of course, it's a give and take.
In Compassion, you simply give. There is no idea in your mind to get anything in return--you simply share, you simply give. Not that nothing comes to you! A millionfold your compassion is returned, but that is merely a natural consequence.
In love you are thankful because the other has given something to you. In compassion you are thankful because the other has taken something from you. In compassion you have energy that you are willingly giving, and you are thankful they are receptive of that energy.
Compassion is the highest form of love.
When a flower has bloomed, it has to release its fragrance to the winds. It is natural! It is not a bargain, it is not a business, it is not a commodity to be traded--it is simply natural. The flower is full of fragrance. If the flower keeps the fragrance to itself then the flower will be in deep anguish. The greatest anguish in life is when you cannot express, when you cannot communicate, when you cannot share.
Be like the flower. Bloom. Share. Be compassionate. Be Love.