A Road Map to Abundance – 3

A Road  Map to Abundance – 3

To forgive is truly divine…  no wonder we humans struggle to forgive 

In our last blog we spoke about preparing the “metaphorical” farm, much as a farmer would, prior to planting the seeds. We discussed the importance of regularly weeding out bad habits even as we try and set healthy routines.

A very important aspect of the weeding out process, and one most of us stumble over frequently, is the need to forgive and be forgiven.

Before we make an attempt to understand forgiveness, let’s try and understand the Law of Karma.

The Law of Karma states: “As you sow, so shall you reap”. This implies that we ourselves are the cause of every good and bad experience in our lives. There is, however, no need to adopt a fatalistic approach. On the contrary, open your mind to the possibility of making your own destiny using the Law of Karma. Remember the golden rule is: “Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you” and its reverse, “do unto others as you want them to do unto you”.

You can practice the law of karma at every level — physical, verbal and mental. The people in your life, the situations, society at large or whatever it is that is part of the sorrow/happiness giving process for you — these are only instruments. When the time comes for your karma to yield fruit, trust that it will find its own medium to get through to you.

Now with this knowledge, let’s examine forgiveness in some detail. There is probably no one on Earth who hasn’t been hurt in some way or another; and none of us can claim never to have hurt anyone. But what happens when we hold on to our hurt and refuse to forgive.

Lack of forgiveness breeds

  1. Negative feelings of anger, resentment, jealousy and a need for revenge.

  2. It fills your mind with useless thoughts and emotions, which hamper your creativity, growth and progress. It’s like wallowing in mud.

  3. Holding grudges and bottling up negative feelings in due course, manifests as physical ailments.

  4. Non- forgiveness and the anger and hatred that arise as a result, leads to an energy link with that person, binding you to him/her constantly. And unless it is resolved it will entangle your souls for future incarnations too.

So when you do forgive, what do you gain?

  1. Forgiveness is not a matter of who is right or wrong. It is a matter of doing the right thing and achieving inner peace and tranquility.

  2. Inner forgiveness is therapeutic. It heals your soul and frees the heart of negative emotions of anger, hatred and jealousy.

  3. It frees your mind and emotions of negativity and allows for positivity and all its benefits to take over.

  4. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. Remember the law of karma.

  5. Your soul will be freed as the energy cord is cut.

In our next blog, we will lead you through some of the steps you can take towards forgiveness. Until then, why not take 10 minutes to examine your conscience. Call to mind all those who might have hurt you, and also your own faults and how they have impacted others.
For now, forgive all those minor instances. Think in terms of love, empathy and compassion as you bring these people to mind. Think of the good times and see if these more than compensate for their lapses in judgment. Perhaps you know what they are going through; forgive them if you feel they hurt you out of their own sense of frustration and despair.
Next week after we go through the steps of forgiveness you can bring your more serious experiences to mind and begin the process of freeing yourself from resentment, anger and hurt. Until then stay home, stay safe and stay happy.

– Lalitha Viswanath

(Edited by- Ms. Maria Kallukaren)

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