The following are links to posts I have written on the subject of forgiveness.  I only included a portion of the text (except for the poem, that is the whole thing), you will need to click on the title to see the whole post.

“Tempus fugit” By Samuel Menashe

For John Thornton

Fellow fugitive
Forgive yourself
And me thereby
Thus we can live
Whatever’s left
Of time for us,
Each day a gift
We take on trust

Tolerance = Forgiveness

I was watching a Radhanath Swami lecture at the Kennedy School of Government,  Harvard when something he said stuck. He quoted Ananda Mayi Ma, “Love is everlasting forgiveness.” …

Without Human Feelings We Cannot Love God

“Those who think that devotion to God and kindness to the jivas are mutually different from each other, and perform accordingly in their life, such persons will not be able to follow the devotional culture. Their performance is only a semblance of devotion.” …

Forgiveness Is Giving Up Hope For A better Past

I was in a discussion and the topic of forgiveness came up. I had recently heard a great quote so dropped it in. “Forgiveness means giving up on a better past.”…

Forgive With Humility and Compassion

“Do you want to know God? Then learn to understand the weaknesses and imperfections of [others]. But how can you understand the weaknesses of others unless you understand your own? And how can you see the meaning of your own limitations until you have received mercy from God, by which you know yourself and Him? It is not sufficient to forgive others: we must forgive them with humility and compassion. If we forgive them without humility, our forgiveness is a mockery: it presupposes that we are better than they.”…

Bhakta Tirtha Swami:  Forgiveness being something we do for ourselves

In other words, forgiveness is something we mainly do for ourselves so that we can personally free ourselves from various stagnations because  such stagnations can affect us physically, psychologically as well as spiritually. …

The duty of a brahmana is to culture the quality of forgiveness

As far as salvation is concerned, one has to conquer the principles of lust, anger, unlawful desires, avarice and bewilderment. To get freedom from anger, one should learn how to forgive. …

The Power of Choice

We have many choices. We can choose forgiveness over revenge, joy over despair, or action over apathy. You can choose to curse God or thank God. Which is your choice? Every choice will have an end result. It is the summation of these choices that will determine the quality of your life. …

Forgiveness versus Getting One’s Favor

This is the difference between the two. The extra step of rectifying the situation beyond the apology must be there for forgiveness to be complete and for favor to be bestowed upon the offender.

“Thank U” by Alanis Morrissette

how bout how good it feels to finally forgive you…

Okay, now it’s time to lighten up a bit:

Forgiveness?

This is a story about old Rama das and old Tulasi das, two members of an ISKCON forum, who were always at odds with each other. They were constantly at each other’s throat on issues concerning ISKCON. When one of them said “yea,” you could be assured that the other would say “nay.”…

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