Chapter 8: Compassion, Love and Sex
Jesus moved in a very poor world. People were seeking their own solutions. Many were helped - not that Jesus was helping - they were helped. And Jesus says again and again: “It is your faith that has healed you.” When you have faith, compassion can pour into you. When you have faith, you are open to compassion. Buddha did miracles, but those miracles are of the invisible. Mahavira did miracles, but those miracles are of the invisible. You cannot see them; they can only be seen by the person to whom they have happened.
But compassion is always therapeutic; whatsoever your level, it helps you. Compassion is love purified - so much so that you simply give and don’t ask anything in return.
Buddha used to say to his disciples, “After each meditation, be compassionate - immediately - because when you meditate, love grows, the heart becomes full. After each meditation, feel compassion for the whole world so that you share your love and you release the energy into the atmosphere and that energy can be used by others.”
I would also like to say that to you: After each meditation, when you are celebrating, have compassion. Just feel that your energy should go and help people in whatsoever ways they need it. Just release it! You will be unburdened, you will feel very relaxed, you will feel very calm and quiet, and the vibrations that you have released will help many. End your meditations always with compassion.
And compassion is unconditional. You cannot have compassion only for those who are friendly towards you, only for those who are related to you.
It happened in China:
When Bodhidharma went to China, a man came to him. He said, “I have followed your teachings: I meditate and then I feel compassion for the whole universe - not only for men, but for animals, for rocks and rivers also. But there is one problem: I cannot feel compassion for my neighbor. No - it is impossible! So please tell me: Can I exclude my neighbor from my compassion? I include the whole existence, known, unknown, but can I exclude my neighbor? Because it is very difficult, impossible - I cannot feel compassion for him.”
Bodhidharma said, “Then forget about meditation, because if compassion excludes anybody then it is no longer there.”
Compassion is all-inclusive - intrinsically all-inclusive. So if you cannot feel compassion for your neighbor then forget all about meditation - because it has nothing to do with somebody in particular. It has something to do with your inner state. Be compassion - unconditionally, undirected, unaddressed. Then you become a healing force in this world of misery.
Jesus says: “Love thy neighbor as thyself” - again and again. And he also says: “Love thy enemy as thyself.” And if you analyze both the sentences together, you will come to find that the neighbor and the enemy are almost always the same person. “Love thy neighbor as thyself” and “Love thy enemy as thyself.” What does he mean?