Christian Long

Swami Dayananda Saraswati: Compassion

In TED Talks on April 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Reflection by AMBER W.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Swami Dayananda Saraswati:  Compassion

Note:  This is not his TED Talk, but it does give you a sense of his speaking style.  Go to the TED link above for the original presentation.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati is one of the most interesting speakers I have come upon on TED. Swami offers his perspective on compassion and empathy, keeping the listener on the edge of their seat waiting to see what he will say next. This TED talk is inspiring, interesting and entertaining.

Mr. Saraswati begins his talk explaining how a child is a helpless consumer when first born and in the childs early years of life, which in all reality is true. Yet, as an adult he continues, the children grow up and become contributors to the best of their ability. “…but the growth of a human being, lies in his or her capacity to contribute, to be a contributor. One cannot contribute unless one feels secure, one feels big, one feels: I have enough.”

Insecurity is the number one thing that can destroy people. By being an insecure contributor, it can affect so many aspects of a persons life. Nowadays, self-confidence can get you anywhere and even if you do not have self confidence, faking it can get you just as far too. This is the whole point of Swami Saraswati’s TED talk except he focuses on compassion. Although some may show it more than others, everyone has compassion and I personally liked how Swami Dayananda Saraswati said you cannot make someone campassionate with the example phrase “Please love me. Love is something you discover.” Although compassion and love do not directly relate to each other I found it interesing how he said love is not an action because I disagree with that. You discover and experience love by loving someone, therefore making it an action.

Lastly, I applaud him for his thoughts on limitations about health, knowledge, power and compassion. This is such a great downfall for people because once they set low limits for themselves they set their life around those limitations. The two main points I thought were important in this talk is 1) become limitless- don’t close yourself off and 2) fake it til you make it, because if you keep it up, who knows? Maybe it will just start to come naturally.


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