Compassion is unreasonable. It is beyond reason. Throughout the history of our race, good people have been ridiculed and mocked and they have been jeered at and spat at, they have been unjustly punished, beaten and even killed. So what purpose did it solve, such sacrifice
Most people believe that because Christ sacrificed his life, more than a billion people lead a life of inspiration today, even 2000 years later. Because Buddha scarified his kingdom, more than 500 million derive the benefit even today. Compassion and forgiveness are simply synonyms of sacrifice. When you forgive, somewhere you sacrifice a part of your own existence, your respect, your dignity, yourself. However, by forgiving you also go beyond the shackles of ego. Moreover, sacrificing is not a trade, you don’t expect anything for yourself in return, it is philanthrophy, it’s an act of charity.
Ask me not what if the other person doesn’t deserve your compassion or what if they don’t acknowledge it. Because if you still have these questions, you’ve not let the Passion of Christ sink into your heart. Upanishads have a term for our world, Vashishaiva Kutumbakam, the whole world is one single family. It’s one planet, one world, one family.
Compassion does not require a reason or reward, only a desire, a discipline. Forgiveness doesn’t even need discipline but only a big heart, big enough to absorb their mistakes. When your heart is as big as the ocean, their shark like mistakes and tuna like presence in your life will coexist without so much as casing a ripple in your mind.
When you choose compassion over any other choice, you naturally elevate your consciousness. When you sit down to meditate, after a random act of kindness or show of a compassion, you will discover that your mind is naturally quieter than usual. It starts to gravitate towards its natural state. This peace is already in your heart like fragrance in rose.
Reference : A Million thoughts. Om Swami