True compassion is the unconditional love and understanding of another without asking for anything in return.
Question: What is true compassion?
Maitreya: True compassion is love. True compassion is where you ask for nothing in exchange for carrying, for love, for understanding of another without asking for material reward.
Question: Is compassion a form of unconditional love?
Maitreya: Yes, it is. True compassion will not be stopped by anything. For instance, you see somebody who is very badly injured and need assistance, you go and give that assistance without thinking about what can I get out of this. You give it unconditionally with compassion and understanding.