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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Delayed Daily Musing - January 9th, 2013 - Compassion - 同情 - Tóngqíng

Compassion - 同情 - Tóngqíng
   
In those who have seen Heaven,
hate cannot find a home.
A soul, full of serenity,
finds reflection in the many forms
of universal creation. 
Carbon to carbon,
space-dust to dust.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

  
God has no face. Tao has no true name. We cannot identify the transcendent with human terminology, unless we have acquired a very high level of insight. Until then, the gods with faces, and the Tao which has been given a name, are still worthy of veneration over the illusions of the world.

With long, sincere training, it is possible to see the face of god. Holiness is not a matter of scientific objectivity, testable via experimental means. It is about a deep and profound recognition of the true nature of life. The attitude which one person takes towards God will be entirely different from anyone else's, regardless of common denomination. Divinity is a reflection of your personal understanding. If your experience differs from others, it does not invalidate your godliness. You should feel confident in what you have seen.

Knowing God is a source of compassion in life. We realize our separation from others is artificially created. We are no more separate of other people than we are of Tao. It is only our ego which leads us to define ourselves merely as individuals. In fact, the direct experience of god is a conduit to experience the utter scope and universality of life. If we allow it to change our thinking, we can understanding our oneness with existence.

How does God look? Who is your brother, your family? Once you see God, you will see heaven in everyone you meet. You will find family, everywhere you look.