Look around, my friend,
See that all that is, is not;
Clinging on to what was or what could be,
Deludes us from what is.
Afflictions arise from this attachment,
Suffering arises from this delusion;
Believing that we are immune from this process,
Only festers the wounds.
See first your own existential agony,
Your own grasping onto the unreal;
See how you too are drowning,
Behold your own immersion into the grand ocean of delusion.
Recognizing this delusion allows us to see
that we were not drowning at all;
It was a dream,
Mistaken for the real.
See the how your neighbor and loved ones,
Are also apparently immersed;
Caught grasping for a life-raft,
They act in fear and insecurity of impending doom.
Insight into the nature of impermanence,
Allows us reel ourselves and others to shore.
Compassion is the life-raft,
To free all from being caught up in sorrow.
Compassion is the wishing that,
All be freed from their misery;
Freed from believing we’re drowning,
When we are safely ashore.
Our thoughts can create our reality,
Insight can take us beyond thought;
The greater insight into our well-being’s dependence on others,
The greater our compassion will be.
Compassion is the steps we walk towards enlightenment;
For it allows us to go beyond our self-centered delusions of our own fate;
Every sentient creature deserves freedom from suffering,
Especially from the suffering of suffering.
It is harder to be compassionate to those,
Whose delusion appears as wealth or fame;
They find it harder to recognize the suffering of change,
How all that is, is not.
Fear of loss, overconfidence of gain,
These cause people a lot of pain.
Suffering is also a by-product of “cyclic existence”,
Being caught up in negative emotion or thought;
These breed sticky karma,
Bringing the past to bear its burden.
Gaining insight into the nature of suffering,
Allows us to see it’s pervasiveness;
Compassion is the urge to go beyond this,
Into the loving-kindness of graceful karma,
The wheel of suffering stops when there is no desire;
When there is no self to desire.
Compassion is acting empty of preconceived notions,
Urging all life onto the graceful way.