Sympathy in application to every condition of life is a necessity, and the only way to a true realization of Pure Love. It is necessary that it should penetrate into those states which we are at first inclined to regard with repugnance, and to decline to exercise it thus is to lose the opportunity given of a fuller understanding of Love.
Not before a full knowledge of sympathy, and its practical application is attained to, is Love to be realized and understood. It often occurs that opportune moments for its use are passed over on impulse, and by giving way to the momentary effects they produce. This occurs in many ways; often-times it is the condition of the object, or we may not desire to evince an interest, not having realized that consideration of self and appearances must not debar the performance of this required and unselfish duty.
Sympathy does not require discrimination in use, it embraces all conditions. As criticism and resentfulness and partiality to individual things are eliminated from our lives, we reach a standpoint from whence we begin to perceive the Power of Sympathy, and its needed fulfillment before a knowledge of Love is gained.
The want of Sympathy draws a curtain over the possibilities of Enlightenment, and until this is raised by the Compassionate Regard of all things, all progress to the Higher Life is retarded.
Sympathy is the advance-guard of Love; for by sympathizing we begin to know; in knowing, we Love.
Urge on by practice and example the use of this Power which uplifts from misery and lightens up the clouding aspirations of those disheartened by the stress of Life.
"Only the Infinite Pity is sufficient for the Infinite Pathos of human life."
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.