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.
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.
|Entrance to Puttaparthi is the birth place and abode of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.|
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