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July 26, 2008

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DR.PVSSN RAJU

Reflecting on the word"ren"
1)selfless activity brings us together.
2)Compassion is the fragrance of our self
conscious being.

xavier L

To my understanding, the “ren” consist of two characters.
Human, and the number “two”.
Which means two human.
When two human meets, respects, compassions, kindness and consideration is needed in order to stay harmoniously.
When there is not respect whatsoever, the two human will go separate way, then the “ren” cease to exist.

Barry Briggs

Thank you both for your comments on "ren." Because I don't speak Chinese, the inner meaning of this term was new to me. Compassion, such sweet fragrance, arises from harmonious meeting. Without this fundamental harmony, where is compassion?

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