Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Forgiveness: are you ready?


On Sunday afternoon, I am offering a beautiful workshop about kshama, or forgiveness. As I am studying and preparing, I was deeply inspired by the words of Swami Jyotirmayananda.

"There is a well-known saying that 'to err is human and to forgive is divine'. The goal of spiritual movement is for a human being not to remain 'human,' but to become divine–to rise above normal human limitations and unfold the latent magnanimous qualities within his heart. One great quality that truly makes a person divine is forgiveness, known in Sanskrit as kshama.

To become forgiving in nature, you do not have to forcefully plant the virtue of forgiveness in your heart. You need only to clear away the impediments that prevent your inherent goodness from unfolding, to allow that virtue–which is already in your heart–to express itself. The soul in its essence is the embodiment of all virtues."  ~ Swami Jyotirmayananda

Known to be one of the greatest virtues of the soul, forgiveness is the key to unlocking our divine potential. It is the the by-product of an ongoing healing process and an internal process of recognizing that we do not need our grudges and resentment, or hatred or self-pity anymore.

How many little grudges do you carry? 
How many big grudges do you carry?
Do you find yourself able to forgive others?
Do you find yourself able to forgive yourself?

These questions are just the beginning steps in actualizing the areas in your life where forgiveness is needed. The sweetest nectar of Grace is forgiveness. "To err is human and to forgive is divine."

Which do you choose?
Who do you need to forgive?

Forgive. Breathe. Let go. Move on.

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