Compassion on the Tantric Path

Compassion is an oft-overlooked yet vital part of the Hindu and Tantric path toward personal happiness and liberation. In the Devi Mahatmyam, the Gods praise Mahadevi (literally, the Great Goddess) in all Her forms with a famous and powerful hymn called the Devi Suktam. One of the verses from the hymn praises Her as compassion (daya):

ya devi sarvabhutesu dayarupena samsthita |
namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namah ||

Devi Mahatmyam 5.65-67: To that Goddess who exists in all things as the form of compassion, I adore her, I adore her, I adore her, again and again!

The Goddess is compassion, She is manifested in all things as compassion. What does this mean in a real day-to-day sense?

Continue reading »