Monday, April 25, 2011

Forgiveness. When is it needed? Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba dies.

Forgiveness. To forgive means you have felt hurt and need to be released, to let go of that hurt. Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba died today in India. This god-man with millions of followers means there are beliefs of others the strength of which we do not understand. Some say he was divine. How does this relate to forgiveness? Ask the people of Rwanda, where one million people were murdered in 100 days. We cannot understand the beliefs, be they spiritual or political, of others. Beliefs have power. But the greater power resides in forgiveness.

Entrance to Puttaparthi is the birth place and abode of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Image by Williampfeifer released to wikipedia
Whatever power people give or recognize, the greatest power is the power to forgive. To let go of hate. To let go of anger. To let go of memories. Painful memories freeze you in a trap of self-thinking. When you forgive those who hurt you or you perceived that they hurt you in some way, you release your mind to consider thinking of something other than yourself. If we hold onto hate, perceived wrongs, we limit the energy within us - however, you may define that energy, the spark of the divine, the light that gives us life.

1 comment:

crayzys said...

Been wondering what would have been Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's thoughts on forgiving ourselves.

If any readers have insights to his thoughts on how to forgive yourself for past behaviors due to lack of knowledge, please share with our readers.

Self-forgiveness might be the first step in learning to forgive others. How we talk to ourselves influences how we forgive others.

We have so many "I Should Have..."

Forgiveness begins within. Letting go of our self-recriminations is a beginning to finding peace within and being able to give that peace to others.