The Neurology of Compassion
In the Tamil language, grace light is called “Arul.” Arul is associated with not only compassion, but the highest intelligence that is possible.
Modern science now agrees that compassion and higher intelligence are connected.
The center for compassion in our brain known as the anterior cingulate, houses a type of neuron called Von Economo neurons. These very special neurons were only recently discovered, and are four times larger than average brain cells. In addition to humans, they are found only in the most intelligence animals including dolphins, elephants and apes.
They facilitate rapid communication between brain cells, and are thought by some scientists to indicate the evolution of intelligence.
Compassion stimulates the anterior cingulate and creates more Von Economo neurons within the brain, showing that there is indeed a direct correlation between compassion and higher intelligence.