The first step towards forgiveness

September 16, 2013 Comments Off on The first step towards forgiveness

The first step towards forgiveness is to forget.

Bowl of Saki, September 12, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

In order to learn forgiveness man must learn tolerance first. And there are
people whom man cannot forgive. It is not that he must not forgive, but it
is difficult, beyond his power to forgive, and in that case the first thing
he can do is to forget. The first step towards forgiveness is to forget.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIII/XIII_14.htm

They say, ‘Forgive and forget’, which is very expressive of the process of
forgiveness. It is impossible to forgive unless you can forget. What keeps
man from forgiving his fellow man is that he holds the fault of another
constantly before his view. It is just like sticking a little thorn in
one’s own heart and keeping it there and suffering the pain. It may also be
pictured as putting a drop of poison in one’s own heart and retaining it
until the whole heart becomes poisoned. Verily, blessed are the innocent,
who do not notice anybody’s fault, and the greater credit is to the mature
souls, who, recognizing a fault, forget it and so forgive. How true are the
words of Christ, ‘Let those throw a stone who have not sinned.’ The
limitations of human life make man subject to faults. Some have more
faults, some have less, but there is no soul without faults. As Christ
says, ‘Call me not good.’

Forgiveness is a stream of love, which washes away all impurities wherever
it flows. By keeping this spring of love, which is in the heart of man,
running, man is able to forgive, however great the fault of his fellow man
may seem. One who cannot forgive closes his heart. The sign of spirituality
is that there is nothing you cannot forgive, there is no fault you cannot
forget. Do not think that he who has committed a fault yesterday must do
the same today, for life is constantly teaching and it is possible in one
moment a sinner may turn into a saint.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIII/XIII_20.htm

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