Written by NDT Bureau.
The United States saw a special session on spirituality when world-renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi interacted with leading neurosurgeon-philanthropist Dr. James Doty, the founder and director of the Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE), at Stanford University here. “For me, compassion is the most important factor in our lives,” said Amma (as Mata Amritanandamayi is known globally) in the 90-minute dialogue that took place in Stanford’s packed 1,700-seat Memorial Hall as part of CCARE’s ongoing “Conversations on Compassions” series. “It is the first step. If we take this first step courageously, without fear, then all of our decisions and subsequent actions and their results will have a special beauty, spontaneity and power,” she said. Responding to Dr. Doty’s questions, Amma said human calculations might be wrong, but actions born of true compassion would always be right. “This is because compassion is the law of nature, the power of God and the heart of creation,” she noted. “If we tune the individual mind with compassion, then we, as individuals, are no longer really performing actions, but are merely allowing creation to act through us. And this is the power of compassion. In truth, the spiritual path both begins and ends with compassion,” she added.
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