790 – Do we understand the meaning of forgiveness?

So, watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying: ‘I repent, you must forgive them.’ – Matthew 5:23—24

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. – Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Bhagavad Gita 16.3

Lord Krishna declares forgiveness to be a godly quality foundational for liberation and is contrasted with the anger and harshness that characterize the ungodly who stay in bondage.

Forgiveness according to the Vedas

The meaning is that whatever occurs, one should not feel anger, resentment, or mental disturbance. Even if someone attacks or insults us without cause, there is no need to feel enmity.

To develop the virtue of forgiveness, we must embrace Atmabhava, love for our fellow creatures and neutrality. Only this quality will enable us to let go of all feelings of resentment towards individuals who have harmed us, whether they actually deserve forgiveness or not. We do not become saints when we become aware of the gentle art of forgiveness. We carry no grudges and burdens, and our toxicity leaves us. We view the universe with empathy and compassion.

Aim Hrim Klim


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