What truly moves this world Is that ravishing beauty called compassion. Compassion sustains the world. Without it men are but a burden on earth. What use is a rāgā that cannot be sung? Or eyes without sympathy? What use are eyes that look like eyes But lack boundless sympathy? Compassion is an ornament of the eyes. Without it eyes are deemed sores. Like trees earth-bound which cannot move Are eyes unmoved by pity. Men without sympathy have no eyes; Nor those who have eyes lack sympathy. This world is theirs who compassionately perform Their duties without fail. That quality of forbearance and sympathy is the best, Even to those who hurt us. Those desirous of refinement will drink with smile Even hemlock when offered.