Today I pondered a question during my ritual activities with the goddess Ma’at. As I thought again of the scales upon which the heart is weighed, I realized that it must not tip to either side. The heart must be balanced with the feather of Ma’at.
Of course, it seemed impossible to think that a human heart could weigh less than a single feather, so I turned to Ma’at for an answer.
A weightless heart, she responded, is a heart which is empty, one which is devoid of feelings for others. A weightless heart ignores suffering, feels no compassion, and offers no service to humankind.
The Dalai Lama tells us that it is not enough to be compassionate. We must act.
Compassion is defined as,