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Compassion is the transfiguration of dualism. It is the only emotional state not anchored in the aspect of the separated self. Its very nature is selfless.

Compassion is a state where you feel not for another, this is empathy or sympathy; compassion is feeling and seeing the world as the other person sees it and feels it.

It is from this natural state that true love arises and the little ego-driven self slowly losses strength over actions. In other words the intent underlying cause shift from self to selfless driven.

The selfless perspective is inclusive and very transformative. 

These few quotes hint at the meaning of compassion.

    “Karunananda, means ‘bliss through compassion.’
  "In the Sutra teachings, the means is compassion, while the knowledge (wisdom) is emptiness. By unifying compassion and emptiness, we attain true and complete enlightenment."
~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Sharon Salzberg writes in her book,
A Heart as Wide as the World,
        “As Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen monk, points out, ‘Compassion is a Verb.’ It is not a thought or a sentimental feeling but is a movement of the heart. As classically defined in Pali, (early language of Tibet) compassion is ‘the trembling or quivering of the heart.’ …
    “Compassion is born out of loving-kindness. It is born of knowing our oneness, not just thinking about it or wishing it were so. It is born out of the wisdom of seeing things exactly the way they are. But Compassion also arises from the practice of inclining the mind, of refining our intention.”…
    “Wisdom of our interconnectedness arises hand in hand with learning to truly love ourselves. The Buddha said that if we truly loved ourselves, we would never harm another. When we can love ourselves, we give up the idea that we do not deserve the love and attention we are theoretically willing to give to others.”
     “Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures. But there are two sides to compassion, two sides to the bond. On the one hand, since you are still here as a physical body, you share the vulnerability and mortality of your physical form with every other human and with every other living being. …
“The realization of this deathless dimension, your true nature, is the other side of compassion. On a deep feeling-level, you now recognize not only your own immortality but through your own that of every other creature as well. On the level of form, you share mortality and the precariousness of existence. On the level of Being, you share eternal, radiant life. These are the two aspects of compassion. In compassion, the seemingly opposite feelings of sadness and joy merge into one and become transmuted into a deep inner peace. This IS the peace of God. It is one of the most noble feelings that humans are capable of, and it has great healing and transformative power. But true compassion, as I have just described it, is as yet rare. To have deep empathy for the suffering of another being certainly requires a high degree of consciousness but represents only one side of compassion. It is not complete. True compassion goes beyond empathy or sympathy. It does not happen until sadness merges with joy, the joy of Being beyond form, the joy of eternal life.”
Eckhart Tolle from, The Power of Now, Pages 162 –163

    A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt about a tragedy. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.”
The grandson asked him, “ Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?”
The grandfather answered, “The one I feed.”

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