Generosity Comes From Other Sources

Compassion is not hard to come by when the heart is not filled with the cunning things of the mind.

Published: 24th December 2013 07:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th December 2013 07:47 AM   |  A+A-

Compassion is not hard to come by when the heart is not filled with the cunning things of the mind. It is the mind with its demands and fears, its attachments and denials, its determinations and urges, that destroys love. And how difficult it is to be simple about all this! You don’t need philosophies and doctrines to be gentle and kind.

The efficient and the powerful of the land will organise to feed and clothe the people, to provide them with shelter and medical care.

This is inevitable with the rapid increase of production; it is the function of well-organised government and a balanced society.

But organisation does not give the generosity of the heart and the hand.

Generosity comes from quite a different source, a source beyond all measure.

Ambition and envy destroy it as surely as fire burns.

This source must be touched, but one must come to it empty-handed, without prayer, without sacrifice.

Books cannot teach, nor can any guru lead to, this source.

It cannot be reached through the cultivation of virtue, though virtue is necessary, nor through capacity and obedience.

When the mind is serene, without any movement, it is there. Serenity is without motive, without the urge for the more.

This article has been written by by Jiddu Krishnamurti.

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