Saturday, June 18, 2005

The Spirit of Forgiveness

"Where there is forgiveness, there is God Himself."

- Bhagat Kabir Ji

How often does a mother forgive her child? How often did our Gurus and other enlightened masters smile forgivingly at the faults of others?

We all will err at some point as we work through the lessons we must learn. Forgiveness is as necessary to life as the food we eat and the air we breathe. It is one of the greatest gifts of spiritual life. When an individual can cultivate an attitude of forgiveness, he helps to create a pocket of tranquillity in the world. To forgive does not mean we condone the misdeeds of another or ever allow them again. It acknowledges that no matter how much we may have suffered, we will not put another human being out of our heart.

An attitude of forgiveness fosters channels of love and understanding in the heart. Years of education involving the study of books, laws and sayings cannot culture the intellect and emotions as can an attitude of forgiveness. Practicing forgiveness of others creates a habit that ultimately allows us to forgive events in our own past. It helps us to let go of the resentment and outrage that we have carried for so long. Only then can life blossom into the fullness we desire.

Source: Anonymous