The Charter for Compassion is now available.
I have added a new page to MOTO so it will always be easily accessible. What’s on that page is here too, so save yourself a click 🙂
The text of the Charter is given below or you can download a more fancy version here.
I urge every MOTO reader, every person involved in the depth and esoteric traditions to affirm the charter by going to the website now. People who have affirmed the Charter include HH the Dalai Lama, Karen Armstrong and Bishop Desmond Tutu. In addition spiritual groups and Orders can affirm the Charter as a corporate action.
Compassion is the heart of all esoteric traditions as much as it is the heart of all religions and we need to show this clearly. Over the next period of time I will be inviting all the various magical, esoteric and Pagan leaders I know to affirm the Charter. It would be great if you, dear MOTO reader, also did the same. Thanks 🙂
The Charter for Compassion
The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.
We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.
We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.