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Compassion is the feeling of deep sympathy that arises when you see someone stricken by misfortune and are motivated to help them in any possible way to end their misery. Qualities like sharing, readiness to give comfort, sympathy, concern and caring are all manifestations of compassion.

Stories about Compassion
  • Living Heroes

    Compassion for the weak is a sign for greatness!

    Schoolkids' heartwarming sports day gesture for boy with cerebral palsy who was worried people would laugh A group of kindhearted schoolchildren were caught on camera as they helped a boy with cerebral palsy win a sports day race. Daniel Boyers told his mum he did not want to participate in the event at St Oswalds Catholic Primary School, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester. The 10-year-old has cerebral palsy and mum Wendy Boyers thought he felt uncomfortable because of a plaster cast on his ankle after he recently underwent surgery. But the youngster told Wendy he was concerned his school friends would laugh at him if he attempted to run, reports Manchester Evening News.  Wendy said she had no idea the children would be helping Daniel win the race     Daniel began to get upset as Wendy tried to persuade him to run, but his classmates rallied around him and managed to get him to take part in a race. To the surprise of teachers and watching parents, the year five pupils taking part then decided to slow down and run alongside Daniel for the entire race. Video footage shows the youngsters slowing at the finish to allow Daniel to overtake them and win the gold medal. The youngster can be seen stepping over the red tape and cheering hysterically after realising he won. Daniel rushed over to his mum crying his eyes out and shouting ‘I am so happy I have come first. I have never done it before’. Wendy, 40, said she had no idea the children would be helping Daniel win the race. She said: “He has always run every year, but always comes last. This year all of the kids decided not to run past Daniel. “They were so upset he was upset. The youngster can be seen stepping over the red tape and cheering hysterically     "At the end of the video there was a little boy called James putting his arm out to make sure they didn’t go past him. “James was worried he would get in trouble for doing it, but I said it is just super, brilliant. "Daniel ran straight to me and burst into hysterical tears.” Wendy added: “He has learning difficulties so he genuinely thinks he ran a great race, he has been so happy ever since. “The children that ran the race are absolutely brilliant, all of the children in the class, everyone, are supportive of him and make sure he is always included.”
  • Eternal Heroes

    Mother Teresa- A symbol of compassion

     Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhin (Later Mother Teresa) was born to Albanian parents in Yugoslavia on 27thAugust 1910. At the age of 18 she became a Sister of Loreto. She came to India in 1928 and started her novitiate (a beginner becoming a nun) in Darjeeling, a hill station in West Bengal.   Mother Teresa became a teacher at St. Mary’s High School in Kolkata in 1929. Soon she became the principal of the school. In 1931 she adopted the name Teresa. In 1946 Teresa felt an inner urge to start a new experiment to serve humanity. So in 1948 she obtained the Pope’s permission to leave the convent. With only five rupees in hand she went into the streets of Kolkata to work for the poor and the needy. She lovingly collected some slum children, washed them and began to teach them under a tree.   Teresa took Indian citizen in 1948. She then opened a first home and first school in Kolkata for slum children. She also adopted Indian dress, and clothed herself in sari. Mother Teresa started the Order of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. Its members are dedicated to free service to the poor. They look after the unwanted, the abandoned and the unloved. They also run many children homes to care for the sick, retarded and orphaned children. These Sisters work also among the drug addicts, alcoholics and destitute in many countries. In 1957 Mother Teresa opened a home for lepers in Kolkata.   Mother Teresa set up nearly 570 homes for the poor, spread in over 125 countries both in the West and the East. Mother Teresa was honored with numerous titles and awards. These includes the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979, Magsaysay Award (The Philippines), Templeton Award (Britain), and India’s highest Civilian Award, Bharat Ratna. They meant little to her. She was a woman of God who practiced love in action.  
  • Fables

    The White Elephant's tale

    Once upon a time, there lived a herd of eighty thousand elephants at the bottom of the majestic Himalayas. Their leader was a magnificent and rare white elephant who was an extremely kind-hearten soul. He greatly loved his mother who had grown blind and feeble and could not look out for herself. Each day this white elephant would go deep into the forest in search of food. He would look for the best of wild fruit to send to his mother. But alas, his mother never received any. This was because his messengers would always eat them up themselves. Each night, when he returned home he would be surprised to hear that his mother had been starving all day. He was absolutely disgusted with his herd. Then one day, he decided to leave them all behind and disappeared in the middle of the night along with his dear mother. He took her to Mount Candorana to live in a cave beside a beautiful lake that was covered by gorgeous pink lotuses. It so happened that one day, when the white elephant was feeding he heard loud cries. A forester from Benaras had lost his way in the forest and was absolutely terrified. He had come to the area to visit relatives and could not find his way out. On seeing this big white elephant he was even more terrified and ran as fast as he could. The elephant followed him and told him not to be afraid, as all he wanted to do was to help him. He asked the forester why he was crying so bitterly. The forester replied that he was crying because he had been roaming the forest for the past seven days and could not find his way out. The elephant told him not to worry as he knew every inch of this forest and could take him to safety. He then lifted him on to his back and carried him to the edge of the forest from where the forester went on his merry way back to Benaras. On reaching the city, he heard that King Brahmadutta’s personal elephant had just died and the King was looking for a new elephant. His heralds were roaming the city, announcing that any man who had seen or heard of an elephant fit for a King should come forward with the information. The forester was very excited and immediately went up to the King and told him about the white elephant that he had seen on Mount Candorana. He told him that he had marked the way and would require the help of the elephant trainers in order to catch this fantastic elephant. The King was quite pleased with the information and immediately dispatched a number of soldiers and elephant trainers along with the forester. After travelling for many days, the group reached the lake besides which the elephants resided. They slowly moved down to the edge of the lake and hid behind the bushes. The white elephant was collecting lotus shoots for his mother’s meal and could sense the presence of humans. When he looked up, he spotted the forester and realized that it was he who had led the King’s men to him. He was very upset at the ingratitude but decided that if he put up a struggle many of the men would be killed. And he was just too kind to hurt anyone. So he decided to go along with them to Benaras and then request the benevolent King to be set free. That night when the white elephant did not return home, his mother was very worried. She had heard all the commotion outside and had guessed that the King’s men had taken away her son. She was scared that the King would ride him in to battle and her son would definitely be killed. She was also worried that there would be no one to look after her or even feed her, as she could not see. She just lay down and cried bitterly. Meanwhile her son was led in to the beautiful city of Benaras where he was given a grand reception. The whole city was decorated and his own stable was gaily painted and covered with garlands of fragrant flowers. The trainers laid out a feast for their new state elephant who refused to touch a morsel. He did not respond to any kind of stimuli, be it the fragrant flowers or the beautiful and comfortable stable. He just sat there looking completely despondent. The worried trainers went straight to report the situation to their King, as they were scared that the elephant would just waste away without any food or water. The King was extremely concerned when he heard what they had to say and went to the stable himself. He offered the elephant food from the royal table and asked him why he grieved in this manner. He thought that the elephant should be proud and honored that he was chosen as the state elephant and would get the opportunity to serve his King. But the white elephant replied that he would not eat a thing until he met his mother. So the King asked him where his mother was. The elephant replied that she was back home on Mount Candorana and must be worried and hungry as she was blind and had no one to feed her and take care of her. He was afraid that she would die. The compassionate King was touched by the elephant’s story and asked him to return to his blind, old mother and take care of her as he had been doing all along. He set him free in love and kindness. The happy elephant went running home as fast as he could. And he was relieved to find that his mother was still alive. He filled his trunk with water and poured it over his sick mother who thought that it was raining. Then she cried out as she thought that some evil spirit had come to harm her and wished and prayed that her son was there to save her. The white elephant gently bent over his blind mother and stroked her lovingly. She immediately recognized his touch and was overjoyed. Her son lifted her up and told her that the kind and compassionate King of Benaras had set him free and he was here to love and look after his mother forever. His mother was absolutely thrilled and blessed the kind King with peace, prosperity and joy till the end of his days. She was so thankful to him for sending her son back home. The white elephant was able to take good care of his mother till the day she died. And when he died himself, the King erected a statue of him by the side of the lake and held an annual elephant festival there in memory of such a caring and noble soul.
  • Personal Stories

    When at crossroads

    Ram's phone rang. He could hear the perturbed voice of his brother Sreenat at the other end of the line. 'Ram, my bike's broken down at the bus stand near our home. Could you rush and pick it up. I've got to reach my exam hall in 30 minutes and I'll take an auto once you are here', said Sreenat. Ram dropped his book and ran out.Just as he was to exit the gate, he heard a car screech to a halt as it hit a child playing by the side of the road. It was the kid of one of the slum dwellers. In the first few seconds after the accident, he noticed a very large crowd gathering, but none that was willing to take the bleeding child to a nearby hospital. The erring car driver had absconded in the melee. Without second thoughts, Ram lifted the child and sped in an auto. In the meanwhile, he pulled out his phone and informed Sreenat of his predicament. Under the circumstances, Ram recommended that Sreenat park the bike nearby and leave, and that he would try to reach as quickly as he could. Not in the wildest of his dreams, did Ram imagine that getting a victim of an accident would call for an extended drama of hopping between the police station and the hospital, even to get the doctor on call to perform first aid. Gritting his teeth at such bureaucracy, Ram went through the motions. It was almost evening, by the time Ram could leave the child and the hospital safely. The happiness he felt at having saved the child and the relief he saw in the eyes of the child's parents more than made up for the gnawing in his mind from the knowledge of his brother's abandoned bike.  As all good stories with a silver lining, his brother's bike lay safe by the side of the road that he trudged to the nearby mechanic's shop. And he did so with a smile on his face and a heart brimming with happiness.
  • HUVA Stories

    Helping Others

    God Almighty has gifted us with five sense organs. Just imagine how life would be, if we had been born without any one of the them. I found a reason to think about this, following an incident. One day, on my way to school, I found a little girl struggling to cross the road to reach the other side of the school gate. I wondered why she was finding it so difficult to cross the road, since the road was empty. I approached her and asked her the reason. Her reply shocked me. She said that she was blind. I held her hand and helped her cross the road. She thanked me with a huge smile on her face and walked towards the school. At that moment I thought that we are all hail and healthy but forget to smile whenever and wherever needed. Helping others gives everyone a lot of happiness and makes us feel good about ouselves. So why not help others who are in need and feel good just like I did and felt?
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