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Do You Feel Compassion Towards Criminals?


Dec 23, 2009
Granted that God is everywhere and in everyone... How do you take that into worldly affairs? On what level should one feel compassion towards violent criminals? murderers? pedophiles?


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Compassion and approval are not the same thing. Compassion is shown to every one of us even when we are not 100 percent virtuous. Did the Creator ever draw a line on compassion? The Great Giver keeps on giving. A hard standard to live up to.
Jul 13, 2004
Indeed a very high standard to live upto! As a mere mortal, we can just pray to the divine energy in the criminal as - Hey Waheguru, this face of yours is suffocating me... killing me... begging to receive limitless love from you, so that nothing can disturb us

I just want to add something because i think so much has been said in so few words it just doesnt seem right (even though it is...catch my drift?)

One of my favourite adaptations, originally by Bertrand Russell:

Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people]. I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.

I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.

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