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Gautam Buddha’s emphasis on compassion was a very new phenomenon as far as the mystics of old were concerned. He makes a historical dividing line from the past; before him meditation was enough, nobody had emphasised compassion together with meditation.

And the reason was that meditation brings enlightenment, your blossoming, your ultimate expression of being. What more do you need? Gautam Buddha’s greatness consists in introducing compassion even before you start meditating. You should be more loving, more kind, more compassionate.

There is a hidden science behind it. Before a man becomes enlightened, if he has a heart full of compassion there is a possibility that after meditation, he will help others to achieve the same beatitude he has achieved. Buddha makes enlightenment for the first time unselfish; he makes it a social responsibility…. But compassion should be learnt before enlightenment happens.

If it is not, then after enlightenment there is nothing to learn. When one becomes so ecstatic in himself, then compassion seems to be preventing his own joy –…That’s why there have been hundreds of enlightened people, but very few masters… Becoming a master means you have tremendous compassion, and you feel ashamed to go alone into those beautiful spaces that enlightenment makes available… Osho, The New Dawn, Talk #22,

Courtesy Osho International Foundation, www.osho.com



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