Thursday, November 20, 2014

11) Virtue #8 ~ Forgiveness

The ability to truly forgive others who had wronged us is essential to live an authentic life. When we have hatred in our hearts towards people who hurt by us or spoke badly about us, we will never have complete freedom or peace. 
Forgiveness sets us free from all emotional hurt and turmoil. To forgive is a divine virtue which will enable us to live a joyful life, free from pride and ego.
All major religious traditions and philosophies carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness
To be sincere in our forgiveness of others we should not even remember the incident. Sometimes forgiveness can be conditional, we shall tell somebody we have forgiven them, but maybe later we will bring it up to use it against them. This is not real forgiveness. Only when we do not think about the experience have we really forgiven others.
When we forgive others, we should not feel that we are just doing somebody else a favour; through forgiving others we are helping ourselves immensely. By remembering the misdeeds of others we live in the critical and judgmental mind. However through forgiveness we learn to appreciate the good qualities of others. Through forgiveness we become aware of our extended reality.
On the cross Jesus Christ spoke these words:

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

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