Acaryas Quotes Bhakti Quotes The Meaning of Compassion

The Meaning of Compassion

People don’t know the meaning of compassion until they’ve been roasted by the fire of a pure Vaisnava’s chastisement. Those who surrender to and live nearby such Vaisnavas get a good roasting of such compassionate chastisement on a regular basis, while they are burning through their anarthas.

A society with state-sanctioned slaughterhouses is a demonic society. Scripture describes that meat-eating destroys compassion. So all the marxist socialist BS about compassion based on sentiment, while they have sanctioned slaughterhouses, is just that: BS, used as a powerful tool in an age-old cultural war between those with divine qualities and tendencies, and those with demonic qualities and tendencies. Compassion is for the suffering soul in samsara caged in material bodies. “Liberal” or “Conservative” “Right” or “Left” Human Supremacists who think its okay to kill hundreds of billions of animals annually to satisfy their tongues will be awakened to the reality of their brutality by the compassion of Vaisnavas like Prabhupada who declares them all to be rascal demons. This is the highest compassion. Because until you stop feeding the disease, stop slaughtering billions of poor animals, you will have no peace. You want peace, you must first give peace to those weaker than you, then you can get peace yourself.

Vaisnavas are the only real compassionate people in the world.

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Always be in Sadhu-sanga – 12 June 1996

Srimati Radhika and Krsna both are embodied in the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So, Krsna has come to taste Her prema, and not to give this prema. Sva-bhakti, means the mood of Rupa Gosvami; the mood of Rupa Manjari—to serve both. He has come to give this. And, it will be achieved only by following Raganuga-marga, Raga-marga. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has especially come for two purposes— to preach and give Raga-marga and to taste the three moods of Srimati Radhika. Except Krsna, no one can give this prema. Prema cannot be given by anyone else—even by Rama or Dvarakadisa. So, Krsna has given this prema in the form of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. And this is called Raga-marga. If you are in the line of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, then you will have to adopt this process. We can easily have a very thick greed to attain this prema. And if you are not having this mood, then you should think that you are not in the line of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Then you are in the line of vaidhi-bhakti. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has not come to give vaidhi-bhakti. But He has said, “Wait a little in the line of vaidhi-bhakti.” Our Gurus and Acaryas in our disciplic order have come to teach and explain to us Caitanya Caritamrita, and the books of Rupa Gosvami, Raghunatha das Gosvami, and Krsna das Kaviraja Gosvami. If you will read and think about these books, then you can easily have that greed to attain that prema. Try to have a book of Svamiji.

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