Wednesday, June 1, 2011
KARUNA: Cosmic Compassion
In Indian thought, 'Karuna' or Compassion, transcends the individual, and even the human, and is seen as the energy that brings the whole of Creation to birth. It is this concept of Compassion, that also helps us to understand the deep connection between different religious traditions. All Faiths speak of Compassion, and the concern of the Divine within the human for those who suffer. This compassion is essentially creative, in that it releases that energy flowing in the hearts of all living and sensient or sensitive beings; caring for the Other, and cooperating in the eternal process of bringing all things to birth. It is in that sense that we would like to understand art as an expression of Compassion; and it is through this creative impulse that we call art, that there can be a dialogue between Faith traditions, and also a longing, and hope, for the future of our planet earth.