‘How can we teach compassion to all?’ I asked
‘You can teach to all but only those who have experienced the other side of compassion would be ready to accept the learning, and teaching those who haven’t is not teaching... merely delivering without acceptance.’ Master replied, ‘Just like renunciation cannot be taught to one who has nothing to give up; only those who have something to let go can accept and learn renunciation.
‘Learning comes from acceptance followed by application of what we have not experienced and for that to happen one must experience the opposite.’ Master smiled at the rising sun, his face aglow in the orange hue. ‘How will you accept the beauty of the day if you have never experienced darkness?’
I remained silent, though my mind struggled with questions.