Compassion and the Symptom of the Soul

The following is a class Srila Dhanurdhara Swami recently gave in Christchurch, New Zealand, entitled “Compassion and the Symptom of the Soul,” based on a passage from the seventh canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, where Prahlada pacifies Lord Nrsimhadeva with his prayers.

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 7 Chapter 9 Text 43

naivodvije para duratyaya-vaitaranyas
soce tato vimukha-cetasa indriyartha-
maya-sukhaya bharam udvahato vimudhan

O best of the great personalities, I am not at all afraid of material existence, for wherever I stay I am fully absorbed in thoughts of Your glories and activities. My concern is only for the fools and rascals who are making elaborate plans for material happiness and maintaining their families, societies and countries. I am simply concerned with love for them.