There are different masters preaching multiple paths for Spiritual Growth. Each one of them have got a reason for the path preached. After reading through different books and following different masters, I have come to my own conclusion that spirituality, divinity and goodness are based on the foundations of selfless love, compassion and forgiveness. As already mentioned, there are parts of selfless love which are mainly faith, patience, wisdom, prayers and meditation. Forgiveness is the key to spiritual growth and forgiveness should come straight from the heart with no hidden agenda behind it. Else it gives you Bad karma.
Compassion and forgiveness walk hand in hand. Going by the fact that if a human is compassionate, he has to be forgiving by nature. It is like practicing the art of non violence with inherent hate and anger brewing within.
A human claiming to be a compassionate being with empathy and consideration. In my opinion, deeply understands the meaning of compassion. If still holds on to a grudge or hate than there is something wrong in the understanding of the compassion. There is a greater need to understand the meaning of compassion and walk on the path of empathy and forgiveness.
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What is the meaning of Forgiveness?
As far as my understanding goes, it defines the path one should walk, which means to understand that circumstances made an individual behave in a manner to cause hurt, grief or exhibit signs of ingratitude. This individual comes from the right place but those circumstances got the better of the individual forcing the person to behave in a manner not befitting the individual’s True Self. One loses his true nature and identity and becomes someone who is a slave to the situation. This situation is forcing him to perform acts which are not in the favor of anyone inviting unwanted results which no one wants to get in.
We can be a better human if we learn the act of practicing forgiveness by giving the other person the benefit of the doubt or another chance or comprehend the individual’s set of circumstances or state of desperation or mind frame, you usually have a more humane approach to the person and what has caused one grief or angst. That means you have in a way either put yourself in the other person’s shoes and also embraced your heart to the philosophy that we all are human and being human, it is not uncommon for one to slip or mess up or behave in a manner that could cause hurt to somebody else. We should understand that we as humans are not perfect and are a slave to situations which can only be corrected through forgiveness as an ultimate weapon of Spiritual growth.
I may have hurt many humans in different ways. This experience have taught me to be more open to somebody else’s flaws or when somebody hurts me. So in a strange way, by default, falling has made me compassionate when seeing somebody else on the spiritual mat.
Every believer of God has to follow the path of Karma where one receives one gives. It’s like what seed you plan you get the same tree. You can’t expect an apple tree if you plant a mango seed, so if you do bad you received just that and if you practice forgiveness you receive forgiveness. It’s a simple law of cause and effect called Karma. Our belief in GOD has to be unconditional and so our act of forgiveness has to be. There should be no hidden agenda behind this act of forgiveness, it should come straight from the heart. Let me further explain this with an example : If somebody has hurt me or deceived me, I would like to believe, that somewhere, in some lifetime, I have initiated this relationship of hurt and deceit and thus I am being paid in the same coin to balance my karmic account. Or maybe it is a test to see how far I have walked on the spiritual path or may be to see that I can put into practice all that I preach.
Forgiveness is not a favor to the other person, in fact it’s the biggest favor we humans can do to ourselves. With forgiveness we let go of hatred, anger, violent thoughts, sadness, being upset, irritation and all these negative emotions which are like a virus, a form of cancer, that not only eat away our peace of mind but our very health, personality, joy and darken our soul and our aura.
A person who does not forgive is carrying a poison of hatred within which one day will poison the entire body and soul. It will also take us away from selfless love and compassion, two pillars that are so dear to The Lord.
Karma works on the laws of Forgiveness.
Karma is strong and it follows us through births and rebirths. We should be very careful what Karma we are creating for ourselves. When we hold onto a grudge, pain or hate, we are building further Karma with the individual. When you give a poor person, even a beggar, a little money, and if you seek something in return, maybe appreciation, gratitude or even blessings, you begin a chain of Karma with the individual, even if it is generated only through thought and not necessarily always been explicitly expressed, which will necessitate one to come down again in the body to balance off the debt. So says the Law of Karma. we should be careful with our acts of Karma and even more careful with our thoughts as it’s a stronger Karma. It is only when you give selflessly that the Law of Karma does not apply. The good deed will be passed on without the individuals being involved. The Laws of Karma are so fine tuned by God and Goddess with ample time at His and Her disposal.
Now imagine when one is seeking justice or revenge or in the sludge of not being able to forgive, logic demands that the individual will have to return, put a halt to his or her spiritual journey, just in order to seek a balancing of accounts. What a sad reason to engage one’s being into the trap of mire and illusions. Let us do ourselves a humongous favour and release ourselves from the cesspool of cause and effect and also from the claws of hate, revenge, harshness, sadness and entrapment. Obviously to forgive does not mean you allow people to take advantage of you. Be aware and cautious. In no ancient text has it been advocated that to be spiritual one has to leave possession of our senses and common sense. If we cannot forgive, what right do we have, to seek forgiveness from The Big Boy up there. Logic demands that if you believe an eye for an eye, then, be ready to lose an eye, or both, or worse, metaphorically your spiritual vision.
Forgive. It is the most humane as well as the most sensible emotion to harbour. Do not let the wrath of our Lord descend, as The Big Boy will only be serving you a dish, which you would want to be dished out to somebody else. Be blessed always. Practice selfless acts of forgiveness for a better karma to embrace life.