Compassion…It was rubbish collection day, and so I saw the typical scenes – some had neatly arranged and separated their black bags and clear recycling bags, others were heaped in a pile that could perhaps be seen as some kind of modern art…and as for the worst ones…you know these people, and you may well be one of them…they’re frantically running out of the house in the snow with their rubbish bags, eyes darting around, hoping they haven’t missed the collection…and all the while wearing their PJs or dressing gown. But who am I to judge.
Then, I saw this old lady…she was at her door and clearly unsure what to do. On the one hand, she could bring the bag out to the driveway and risk falling, and on the other leave it on her porch and hope that the waste disposal guys would be attentive enough to spot it.
I wandered past and something inside me said, ‘go on, go help. It will only take a few seconds.’ My immediate thought was, ‘no, she’ll think I’m trying to rob her or something.’ But eventually, this thought conquered me…she was very surprised and thankful.
Was I compassionate? And what motivated me? Was I merely moving towards pleasure or away from guilt? The Bhagavad Gita offers a rather interesting perspective on the nature of compassion. So come along on Thursday and join in.
See you there,
(and the Krishna West London team)
PS. Vegan and GF snacks will be served
Thursday 8th March, 18:30
Bloomsbury Suite Room