All major belief systems agree that "compassion" towards others is generally a good thing. However, in the West, the definition usually involves the words sympathy or even pity. Whereas in the East, daya (compassion) is quite different from kripa (pity). Since all living beings are ultimately seen as a part of one's own self, ahimsa (compassion-in-action) becomes more than just sympathy or pity. It is actively living in a way that prevents suffering for others. This week we explore the subtle nuances of this word in the video below. --Guri
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Editor's Note: All major belief systems agree that "compassion" towards others is generally a good thing. However, in the West, the definition usually involves the words sympathy or even pity. Whereas in the East, daya (compassion) is quite different from kripa (pity). Since all living beings are ultimately seen as a part of one's own self, ahimsa (compassion-in-action) becomes more than just sympathy or pity. It is actively living in a way that prevents suffering for others. This week we explore the subtle nuances of this word in the video below. --Guri
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