Daya – The Master’s Voice


Daya – The Master’s Voice

Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the Founder of AIM for Seva attained Mahasamadhi on 23rd September 2015. One of the greatest spiritual masters and an authority on Advaita Vedanta in recent times, Pujya Swamiji’s influence on the world stage has been enormous.

Pujya Swamiji’s empathy and care towards one and all is best exemplified in AIM for Seva’s anthem, composed by himself.

For the good of the people of this country—Bharata Desa Hitaya

You do what you can do—Kuru Sevam Tvam

On the 5th year of Pujya Swamiji attaining Mahasamadhi, AIM for Seva is privileged to share a small discourse of his in which he has taught a profound truth in simple language.

Compassion is a dynamic word. In Sanskrit, we call it dayä. It involves discovering compassion towards oneself, towards one’s own body, and towards the world in general. Compassion is always towards something. It is always related to something. Compassion is human.

Religion should evoke human compassion and not disturb it.

In a deliberate act of compassion, one acts deliberately, as though one has compassion because one has a value for compassion. An act of compassion without there being compassion, but nevertheless arising from a value for compassion, and in order to discover

compassion, is not pretension. That is called living.


To pass from being a survivor to becoming a contributor, one has to have compassion. Only a compassionate person or a person who has a certain inner space can contribute.

People would say an act of compassion is helping somebody who needs help. I think this is a simple human action with a degree of compassion.

A true act of compassion is deliberate such as when you perceive that somebody has done something wrong to you and yet you pray for that person’s welfare. If somebody does you a disservice and yet, you reach out, you cross all the borders of anger and hatred and get into a new territory that you are not used to, that is called an act of compassion.

—-Excerpted from Living Versus Getting On

From a survivor to a contributor

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