Suffering comes of its own accord, just as happiness comes of its own accord. We are not going to help someone by adjusting the shadow. We are going to help someone by addressing the need of the soul. By the grace of Krishna, we may raise the person to spiritual consciousness if we ourselves are in spiritual consciousness, and if we ourselves are following the rules and regulations of spiritual practices. If, on the other hand, we give up our own spiritual activities and simply become concerned with the bodily conceptions of others, then, Prabhupada writes, we will fall into a dangerous position. So compassion needs to be properly placed.
Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on SB 5.8.1-11 entitled “The Pastimes of Bharata Maharaja Part 2” given during March 2011 in Vrindavan, India