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Compassion is best described by mystics.

When we hear talk on compassion from a true mystic, we instantly realize the truth in his understanding:

"This word “compassion” is composed of passion. To be compassionate means to be in love. Compassion is just a dimension of love. Passion is hasty, hectic, a little violent. Compassion is gentle, nice, understanding — but it is passion after all."

"Go deeper and deeper into meditation so you can go higher and higher in compassion. The deeper the roots of a tree reach the higher the peak. You can see the tree, you cannot see the roots, but they are always in proportion. If the tree is reaching to the sky the roots must be reaching to the very end of the earth. The proportion is the same. As deep as your meditation is, the same depth will be achieved in compassion. So compassion is the criterion. If you think you are meditative and there is no compassion, then you are deceiving yourself. Compassion must happen, because that is the flowering of the tree. Meditation is just a means towards compassion; compassion is the goal. Make yourself more and more alert. Call your name and answer, just to create more awareness. When you really become aware, you will feel a new upsurge of energy. Compassion will happen to you, and with compassion, bliss; with compassion, beatitude; with compassion, conviction."

"Passion arises out of negative nothingness and compassion arises out of positive nothingness."

"What is compassion? Compassion is the purest 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 both mixed, the physical and the spiritual are both mixed. Love is midway between sex and compassion. You can call compassion prayer also. You can call compassion meditation also. The highest form of energy is compassion."

(All quotes from a mystic named Osho, who was a naughty boy that created many problems for himself).

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    Feb 21 2011: One great thing about true mystics who can also skillfully explain themselves verbally, is their kind of scientific, rational and layered description of absract matters. They analyze such matters like a surgeon working with a scalpel. It does not matter if what they describe is the true reality or just their imagination. The great thing is that their systematic descriptions give us the tools to judge such intricate matters by ourselves and see how true or false are their observations.

    This reminds me another one, Ramana Maharishi, who was also highly capable to go deep inside and describe very systematically his personal experiencs and how our minds work. The difference between him and Osho was that most of the time Ramana remained silent. He talked only when he was asked and lived extremely simple life. Osho was a talking machine, an enthusiastic writer and extravagant.
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    Feb 18 2011: This begs the question: Why describe it? Live it and description is dervative. Poets describe compassion. Politicians describe compassion. Musicians describe compassion. Enough already, stop talking and do some. When you act compassionately, it's true "defintion" will be experiened. It is a mystical experience that cannot be defined.
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    Feb 17 2011: I think that this is woo