Today we ask that you have compassion for people who are asleep.

The truth is, the vast majority of human beings are asleep.  They walk the earth in a state of hypnotic trance, doing things without really understanding why they do them.  

At an early age, their parents and teachers inculcate them with certain beliefs.  One child will be a Christian, one a Muslim, one a Buddhist.  One child will be conservative, another liberal.  One child will believe in hellfire, another in jihad.  How can they help it?  It is what they are taught, how they are raised.

In every group, a few wake up.  A few question.  A few break out.  But most remain asleep.  They may feel a deep misery, which is really the pull of their true selves, trying to awaken them.  But most do not even understand that there is another reality one can wake up into.

Have compassion for the sleeping ones.  Forgive them.  They do not know what they do.

Do not attack them.  That only drives them further into unconsciousness.

Even intelligent, educated people may be largely unconscious.

Have compassion for the sleeping ones.  You have all been asleep, at one time or another.  You have all done things without knowing why.  They are mirrors are for you.  Have compassion.