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If we only acquire information and assume that we know and have compassion, we are mistaken.
Many obtain spiritual teachings but have little experience, knowledge, realisation, wisdom, insight and compassion. How do we know this? The ‘informed’ are judgemental, and easily upset. Just because we’ve read a book doesn’t mean we are practical, spiritually.
There is a missing word in the above list, and that word is ’empathy’.
Empathy is psychological understanding.
Empathy is the ability to experience and share the feelings of another.
Empathy cannot have the wool pulled over its eyes because it’s been there, and done that.
Empathy is complete compassion.
Lower vehicles deny themselves these emotions, and so are unable to help. We can all empathise as, if we are honest, we have all had these experiences: