Posted: 02/26/2008 in Quotes, Thoughts

Forgiveness is one of the qualities we find hardest to develop.Most of the time we are unable to be forgive because we feel our hurt, our resentment, our anger, our hatred is justified. Justified by what? by the other person’s actions.The trouble is this – the action “was” the “other’s” and the negative feelings “is” “mine” – its my mind which is tied up in the threads of hurt, my heart which still smolder with the embers of a fire that should have been put out a long time ago.Forgiveness is about letting go.I recognize there is a poison in my heart. It needs to be purged. There is nothing I can do about the past. What I can do is make my present more fragrant so my future becomes more meaningful. And the smokescreen that is erected by my firm holding on to the past is never going to allow my present to manifest its fragrance. A firm and gentle goodbye to the past is what is in my own self-interest.Forgiveness is about understanding. Whatever any one does is because that particular individual at that point in time in those peculiar set of circumstances could have done that and that only. This is because whether we like it or not, there is a perfect Order that is set in place here, and everything that happens is ever in accordance with that Order alone. The other person’s actions are no doubt heinous. But perhaps if i had the upbringing that he or she did, the temperament, the value structure, the social environment etc etc then my own actions may have been exactly the same.Forgiveness is about acceptance. The past is a ghost. It has no existence save our remnances. There is nothing about it i can change. What i can do is wish it goodbye and move on. The present is ever here, every moment, waiting for me. To embrace it, i need to accept the death of the past. There is ever a resistance towards forgetting the past. This resistance stifles my growth as an individual. Resisting this resistance only creates more resentment. Acceptance is the only antidote to the poison of resistance and forgiveness is the only key to acceptance.Forgiveness is about learning. We often mistake that by forgiving we will not learn from our mistakes. The truth is to the exact contrary. Forgiveness helps us be objective about the past. It removes our negatively distorted view about things. We see why things turned out the way they did and what we can do to prevent this from happening in the future to the extent possible. We have to learn to forgive and forgive to learn.Forgiveness is about being strong. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”It takes courage to forgive. It takes a mature outlook that is not afraid to let go. Deep inside we are afraid to let go of the unpleasant – there is fear of this loss. Overcoming this fear takes courage and strength.From a vedantic perspective, the person who has caused you hurt has in a way done you a favor. He has helped you examine your own capacity to hate, to be angry, he has helped test your mettle, your capacity to act and not react, he has helped measure the depths of your forgiving spirit. After all only pain can help you guage your capacity to withstand pain. Moreover pain and hurt much more than pleasure is what motivates man to enquire, to reflect, to seek.On a final note, forgiveness applies most importantly to one-self. Self-forgiveness is an extremely important quality . For the same negatives that we associate with hurt are exactly applicable to guilt.

(found this post on this site, thought it was AMAZING)
  1. Tara says:

    Wow, your blog could be a brilliant memoir someday. (did I spell that right?) Anyway, it is always inspiring to read, heartbreaking at times, comical, uplifting, and thought-provoking. Love you Carly!

  2. -Jamie says:

    That really was deep. At first I thought you wrote it and I was confused that I never knew you had THAT deep of writing skills! 🙂

  3. Leisha says:

    Brigham Young said that when some people get bitten by a poisonous snake they get riled up and angry and want to find the snake and kill it, all the wile the venom is slowly killing them. Other people forget the snake and want to get the poison out as quickly as possible. Which makes more sense? It’s the same with forgiveness/anger/hatred.Great post.

  4. Shyam S says:

    Thank you for visiting my site and for your kind words; I am glad you liked my post. My very best wishes to you and your family.God bless,Shyam

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