What is the Role of
Sanatana Dharma emphasizes
compassion as the main attitude we should have toward other
creatures, and charity or giving, as the main duty we need to
perform in life. Compassion consists of offering prayers, blessings
and good wishes to all beings, including animals, plants, departed
ancestors and inhabitants of subtle worlds. Charity consists of
actions done to benefit other people and the world, not merely
material aid but service, including teaching.
Yet charity is part of the
outer dimension of the teaching. In the Oneness of Reality there is
really no one to give and no one to receive. True compassion must
rest upon Self-knowledge or it is a separative act. True compassion
is not helping those we consider to be weak, poor or deprived, but
respecting and nurturing the Divine Self in all creatures.
Compassion toward others
should be balanced with devotion to the Divine. True compassion
comes from the Divine and flows through us by the strength of our
devotion. True compassion has no secret motive to gain, or to
receive recognition as being a compassionate person. It is part of
the movement of Oneness wherein we do not see any real difference
between self and other.