One of the many SMSes I received last week was on the power of forgiveness. It was sent by someone whom I don’t know, and yet I can say I ‘know’ the person through SMSes.
The SMS read like this: God asked a girl: “What is forgiveness?” The young girl replied,” It is the wonderful fragrance given to us by a flower when we crush it. Or the lasting auspicious colour that mehendi leaves give us when we ground it to pulp.”
This set me thinking. Can we all ever make this beautiful message sink into our mind and soul? Can we ever let ourselves realise that forgiveness is not a sign of weakness but the greatest quality that a human being can possess.
Once you have enough strength and the sense to forgive those who have harmed you etc., you are on the threshold of enlightenment. You have already lifted yourself above the petty worldly businesses of love and hate. Forgiveness is the exhibition of your real worth as a human being. It is the Gandhi, the Buddha and Christ in you coming to the fore. I must say you are on way to acquiring the ultimate awareness that all of us work for.
As someone said, the remedy for wrongs is to forget them and living well because that would be the best revenge. No wonder, John Kasper had said, “he who has not forgiven his enemies has not yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of life.”
To conquer hatred, which is a result of one’s ego ballooning out, is greater than conquering war. While war leads to deaths and destruction, forgiveness leads to a world full of love and patience. And sooner or later, your enemies will wake up to see your greatness and they will try to emulate you. Imagine a society in which ‘forget and forgive’ is everybody’s mantra --- the first thing to recite after wake-up in the morning. There will be a phenomenal change in everybody’s attitude and behaviour. Can you promise yourself to begin your day reciting ‘forget and forgive’? Just try and enjoy the difference.