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"What sort of religion can it be without compassion? You need to show compassion to all living beings. Compassion is the root of all religious faiths."

Basavanna, Vacana 247

"One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one's own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires."

Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 18:113:8 (~300 BC)

"The best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure, even as he feels for himself."

Bhagavad-Gita 6:32

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