Indiscriminate Compassion
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Of course, the ultimate example of this, was Jesus hanging with indiscriminate compassion on a cross. There was no asterisk of names who were excluded from this. No one didn’t “make the cut.” No one was “too bad” to die for.

By: Brennan Manning

Indiscriminate Compassion

by Brennan Manning

[The] insistence on the absolutely indiscriminate nature of compassion within the Kingdom is the dominant perspective of almost all of Jesus' teaching.

What is indiscriminate compassion? 'Take a look at a rose.

Is is possible for the rose to say, "I'll offer my fragrance to good people and withhold it from bad people"?

Or can you imagine a lamp that withholds its rays from a wicked person who seeks to walk in its light? It could do that only be ceasing to be a lamp.

And observe how helplessly and indiscriminately a tree gives its shade to everyone, good and bad, young and old,

high and low; to animals and humans and every living creature -- even to the one who seeks to cut it down. This is the first quality of compassion -- its indiscriminate character.

' (Anthony DeMello, The Way to Love)...

What makes the Kingdom come is heartfelt compassion: a way of tenderness that knows no frontiers, no labels, no compartmentalizing, and no sectarian divisions.

The religious and intellectual traditions of India pose a unique challenge to the idea of compassion,

despite the fact that they developed through a systematic occupation with the suffering and transient existential state of human beings.

The point of departure for this concern with human suffering is its presentation in the framework of a chaotic cosmic reality -- ever-changing, fleeting,

and lacking all purpose -- of miserable and fragmentary human existence in which pleasure and satisfaction of needs have no meaning:

In this ill-smelling, unsubstantial body, which is a conglomerate of bone, skin, muscle, marrow, flesh, semen, blood, mucus, tears, rheum, feces, urine, wind, bile, and phlegm,

what is the good of enjoyment of desires? And we see that this whole world is decaying, as these gnats, mosquitoes, and the like, the grass, and the trees that arise and perish...

Among other things, there is the drying up of great oceans, the falling away of the mountain peaks, the deviation of the fixed pole-star...

In this sort of cycle of existence (samsara) what is good of enjoyment of desires, when after a man has fed on them there is seen repeatedly his return here to earth?

-Maitri Upanishad

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