What Would a Bodhisattva Do? (10.6)


"Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves."
Nisargadatta Maharaj

From the fourth perspective, you look at the world through the mind; from the fifth perspective, you look at the world through the heart. In the fourth perspective you identify with no one; in the fifth perspective, you identify with everyone. The fourth perspective is wisdom; the fifth perspective is compassion. In the fourth perspective you are no one to become everyone; in the fifth perspective, you are the only One.

In the fourth perspective you have no desire; in the fifth perspective, you want the best for everyone. From the fifth perspective, you see what is on its way towards becoming the best it could be. Furthermore, your intention is to help everyone grow and be happy.

Of course, you don't know for sure what could be the best path, but you trust your intuitive loving-kindness to guide you. You believe that if you relax and open your heart with benevolence you will discover opportunities to make things better. Perhaps you won't find the best resolution, but it will surely be a better resolution than the one you would have found without including this fifth perspective.

In the following video, I explain more about the fifth perspective and how to use it to complement the other four.

Should you have any trouble viewing the video please click here to view on Fred's slideshare page

Readers: Consider a challenging situation in which you are involved as if it were a play. If you were a wise and compassionate screenwriter, how would you make it end so that everybody grows?

Fred Kofman is Vice President at Linkedin. This post is part 10.6 of Linkedin's Conscious Business Program. To find the introduction and full structure of this program visit Conscious Business Academy. To stay connected and get updates please and join our Conscious Business Friends group. Follow Fred Kofman on LinkedIn here.