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    Learn to "Forgive" to set free the prisoner in you.

    I happen to come across the verses from the Holy Bible, in the gospel of St. Matthew 6:9-13 "The Lord's prayer - And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." This verse is more challenging as it requires us to act before the Almighty God i.e. When we ask him to forgive us our trespasses or sins, there is a condition that asks us to forgiven the trespasses or sins of others against us.

    Lewis B. Smedes once quoted that "To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." When we have a grudge against anyone, we keep on thinking about it and anger, hatred, revenge, pain, etc keeps on making a house on our mind and we are never able to relax.

    It is not an easy task to forgive others repeated mistakes or easy to learn to forget and forgive but we need to make an effort to believe in and act on 'forgive and forget' policy. What do the members feel about setting the prisonr free from oneself by forgiving others?

    (My 8th entry for the ISC 13th Birthday Special - A thread a day challenge. )
  • #702755
    Forget and forgive is the great traits of human being behavior and not every one would follow the same. How can one would forget the abusive words hurled on us over the course of discussion on some petty matter of not our importance and just because we have been called to mediate and pacify the agitated persons, we are taken to task with bad abuse which we cannot even heard in our life time. And how can we forgive those who were with us as the friends and very close than no body else and all our weakness are exploited to the hilt and then fled away with lots of favor done to them. Those people neither be forgotten nor forgiven.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #702773
    Forgiveness is a heavenly quality. We seek forgiveness to God and God likes to forgive our sins. One who forgives others gets closer to mercy of God.

    How many people have hurt us we know but how many people we have hurt, most probably, we don't know.

    Forgive others for peace in life

  • #702783
    Forgive and forget are divine traits that everyone should acquire. But in the present generation, we should not find any such person. Many individuals try to take revenge for the insult that they got from their opponents. Such a kind of attitude keeps both individuals in mental agony and take away peace. But no one realizes this fact but they enjoy take revenge against each, Those who follow the principles of forgiving and forget policy are considered to be divine personalities only.

  • #702796
    It is easy to say but difficult to practice. Forgive and forget. We can advise others. But to what extent we are following this? We heard that Gandhiji used to show them the right side when somebody slaps him on his left side. But these days we will not find such people and if we do so also we can't control the other person. I think we will not find any such people these days. Tit for Tat is the attitude these days. But it is very great if we can forgive somebody who did a mistake and if we can forget that. Only people like Mahatama Gandhi or Ramakrishna Paramahansa can only practice such difficult traits.
    always confident

  • #702802

    The author has posted a good thread on a good subject.
    It is said 'to err is human to forgive is divine'
    All religious teachers and saints have dwelt on these matter .Swami Vivekandand ais ""We do not look at our own faults; the eyes do not see themselves, they see the eyes of everybody else. We human beings are very slow to recognize our own weakness, our own faults, so long as we can lay the blame upon somebody else."
    Lord Rama is said to have the characteristic of 'sameka bhaavam.' That is, to forgive others faults as we forgive ourselves or to punish ourselves as we would punish others for the same fault. Such noble souls are said to be 'swadosha paradosha samekaika driks".

  • #702806
    Yes, we must learn that to keep the mind free. Thinking of hatred, anger or revenge is not going to help us in any way rather it always works in the opposite direction to increase all those hatred, anger or revenge even more. It increases in such a tremendous amount that we become prisoners of those things. We remain surrounded by those things. The solution is to just forgive. It's not easy to forgive and that's why we have to learn to forgive. It is learned by practice.

    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

  • #702819
    If a person can forgive a person, then he can free himself by being a prisoner. Nowadays killing happens mainly due to misunderstanding between the family. For one minute of mistake, the concerned person needs to live his whole life in jail. It is not good for their family as it will be difficult to find a job for them. Always have a good mind for the people and give some time to hear what they want to say about it.
    "Earning knowledge is by sharing it with ISC and we will rectify our mistakes."

  • #702993
    forgiveness cannot be easily given and it takes to love and emotion and at times even strong willpower. We can easily say that we can forgive but it is very difficult and that is what makes us the prisoner. When we forgive, it is like healing the wound and once it gets cured, we forget about it making us free from its pain. In the same way, till we forgive from our heart, the pain remains in our heart and will subdue only after it is healed completely by our forgiveness.
    “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." — Morrie Schwartz

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