There is a misconception in the minds of
people that a tit-for-tat approach is the real sign of strength.
We admire those who advocate revenge and take an eye for an eye.
Likewise, we tend to look down upon those who advise us to
forgive and move on magnanimously. In the process we forget what
Mahatma Gandhi once said, ďAn eye for an eye will make the
whole world blind.Ē
He also said, ďThe weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the
attribute of the strong.Ē You donít need proof for
Forgiveness is a divine quality; itís in Godís nature. The
world operates through Gods forgiveness not his justice. If it
was not for Godís forgiveness, we would be in perpetual
However, to forgive is difficultóyou have to drop your pride,
ego and anger. You have to give up your need to be right, and
accept your mistakes.
Forgiveness has two facets to it; one is to be forgiving of
othersí mistakes and wrongdoing and the other is to be humble
and ask for forgiveness. The double path of being forgiving to
others and asking for forgiveness fills a manís life with
Repentance is the path to being forgiven. Repentance to be
accepted must be sincere and must stem from the bottom of
oneís heart. But true repentance is tough. Is it easy to say
sorry to someone with whom you have lost your temper? Is it easy
to ask for forgiveness from someone you have badmouthed? It is
better then, to refrain from hurting others. Then, there is no
need for repentance.
Do not be ashamed of admitting your mistakes. Forgiveness is
divine: adopt it and be showered by divine blessings.
If you learn to forgive and to ask for forgiveness, no more will
your mind be clouded with the misery of bad or broken
relationships and you will enjoy peace, bliss and good health.