‘It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence. Therefore we need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.’
– Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Most spiritual philosophers teach the same – ‘Learn to co-exist or you shall Perish.’
Modern Management ideology professes the very same concept and they call it by different terminologies like Group dynamics, Optimizing organizational behavior for achieving common good, Organizational synergy, Interpersonal relations, Group psychotherapy, Team building or organizational community, Group cohesion etc.
Love and Compassion form the basis for spiritual development as well as human existence. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have about ourselves and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in our life. With help of love, you can surmount the most difficult times during the journey of your life.
Ultimately, the reason why love and compassion bring the greatest happiness is simply that our nature cherishes them above all else. The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence. It results from the profound interdependence we all share with one another. However capable and skillful an individual may be, left alone, he or she will not survive. However vigorous and independent one may feel during the most prosperous periods of life, when one is sick or is too young or is very old, one must depend on the support of others.
Inter-dependence, of course, is a fundamental law of nature. Not only higher forms of life but also many of the smallest insects are social beings who survive by mutual cooperation based on an innate recognition of their being inter-connected.
(Adapted from: ‘Compassion and the Individual’ – Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama)