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TOPIC: Forgiveness - by Cherag Regina Coeli McKnight
FROM THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
Like two golden birds perched on
the selfsame tree,
As long as we think we are the ego,
Those who realize the Self enter into the peace that brings complete self-control and perfect patience. They see themselves in everyone and everyone in themselves. Evil cannot overcome them because they overcome all evil. Sin cannot consume them because they consume all sin. Free from evil, free from sin and doubt, they live in the kingdom of Brahman.
FROM THE BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
"He abused, me he beat me, he defeated
me, he robbed me,"--in those who harbour such thoughts hatred will never
FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN TRADITION
For almost 50 years Zarathustra, the prophet of Zoroastrian tradition, spread the message of God. 'And finally, while offering before the altar of fire which has since the time of Zarathustra been the symbol of dedication to truth, Zarathustra was attacked and killed by the thrust of a javelin. But before he died, he removed the amber beads from around his neck and placed them around the neck of his assailant saying, "May the Lord forgive you as I do."
Let us share in the
"I repent for all the evil thoughts, the evil words, the evil deeds, deliberate or unintentional, which I started on their nefarious journey, related to my body or soul, connected with the material or spiritual world. I repent with the power of the Triple Word."
FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; and condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; release, and ye shall be released; give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall it be given unto your bosom. For with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?... ... ...Cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law.
From the Lord's Prayer,
FROM THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES
Truly Israel is a dear son to me.
FROM THE SCRIPTURES OF ISLAM
Each man shall reap the fruits of
his own deeds; no soul shall bear another's burden. In the
end you shall all return to your Lord, and He will resolve for you your
Believers, turn to Allah in true repentance. Your Lord may forgive you your sins and admit you to gardens watered by running streams, on a day when the Prophet and those who believe with him will suffer no disgrace at the hands of Allah. Their light will shine in front of them and on their right, and they will say: "Lord, perfect our light for us and forgive us. You have power over all things."
FROM THE GAYAN, VADAN, NIRTAN OF HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
There are three things that hinder on the spiritual path--enmity, spite, and bitterness. All other sins don't matter.
Forgiveness belongs to God; it becomes the privilege of mortal man only when asked by another.
He who says, "I cannot tolerate," shows his smallness; he who says, "I cannot endure," shows his weakness; he who says, "I cannot associate," shows his limitation: he who says, "I cannot forgive," shows his imperfection.
Perfection forgives; limitation judges.
The first step towards forgiveness is to forget.
Love manifests towards those whom we like as love; towards those whom we do not like as forgiveness.
The quality of forgiveness that burns up all things except beauty is the quality of love.
What feeling it is to ask forgiveness of those who must ask forgiveness of you, and to thank those who must thank you!
We help God to forgive us by forgiving ourselves.
When we find faults and see no excuses, we are blind to the Light which can free a person from his faults and give rise to that forgiveness which is the very essence of God and which is to be found in the human heart.
In order to learn forgiveness, man must first learn tolerance
He who expects to change the world
will be disappointed; he must change his view. When this is
done, then tolerance will come, forgiveness will come, and there will be
nothing he cannot bear.
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