“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
Forgiveness, compassion and mercy, have been long considered values which stand against cruelty, injuriousness, punishment and blame, and have been known as acts that create long lasting inner peace as well.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
Through the Law of Forgiveness and the Law of Mercy, the love of God can be tapped into, to reduce the effects of wrong deeds from the past.
According to Master Choa Kok Sui, practicing Forgiveness and Mercy has neutralizing effects on the negative karma generated from the past.
Following the Golden Rule, what we do to others, will be done to us. Therefore by showing mercy to others, mercy shall be shown to us!
“Blessed are the merciful for Mercy shall be shown to them.”
Forgiveness in term refers to the act of stopping to feel angry and blaming others for their hurtful words or actions. It is ceasing the feeling of wanting to make even or take revenge. Although taking revenge might sound fair and justified, from ancient times it is not being recommended, and forgiveness has been emphasized instead.
In many ancient religions and practices, including Christianity and Buddhism, forgiveness has been considered a virtuous act and has been recommended over and over again. It is believed that forgiveness is not only benefiting the offender but also is therapeutic and beneficial for the person being hurt.
According to great spiritual teachers including Master Choa Kok Sui, forgiveness is not really the matter of who is right or wrong, but the matter of doing the right thing.
“Inner Forgiveness is therapeutic. If you do not Forgive you cannot be Internally Healed. Forgiving heals the Soul.”
Master Choa Kok Sui
Without forgiveness, the heavy weight of anger, resentment and bitterness is always with us, wherever we go and whatever we do. We even look at the world through all these emotional garbage that not only affect our perception towards life, but also our interpretations, and influence our current and future relationships.
The energy of anger is in fact very dirty and it contaminates one’s energy body. Anger and resentment in the long run result in many ailments such as arthritis, asthma, kidney failure and even cancer. Therefore to free ourselves from anger and resentment and live a healthy and happy life, we need to forgive and forget!
“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
Furthermore our ability to fly in the inner world, to have many spiritual experiences and evolve also depends on our ability to forgive and let go. Without forgiveness, all these negative emotional garbage will pull us back!
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
Lewis B. Smedes
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
Compassion is one level higher than forgiveness when the person not only forgives but also feels sympathy for the offender.
In order to go beyond just forgiving the person who has hurt us to feeling compassion, first we need to know how the universe works, and how the Law of Karma affects each of us.
Based on the Law of Karma, also known as the Law of Cause and Effect, whatever that we do to others, we are basically doing to ourselves. What we sow, is what we reap.
So by making other people suffer or hurt, we are basically creating seeds of suffering for ourselves, which will come back to us sooner or later. If the negative acts or mistakes are done deliberately and with awareness, the negative impacts are even more.
A person who feels compassionate about the people who hurt him is in fact aware of this law. He knows that first of all, he has done something wrong in the past, probably similar to what that has hurt him now, and that is why he is getting hurt in the current situation. So basically, if we look at the situation from a wider perspective, there is nothing to forgive, because what we are experiencing is the result of our own thoughts, words and deeds.
Once we realizes that what the offender has done to us, will go back to him many times in the future we will feel compassion towards the offender. In this way not only there will remain nothing to forgive, but also a feeling of sympathy towards the offender.
“And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
Blessed are in fact the merciful who not only forgive other people for their mistakes, but also feel compassion towards them and try to help them come out of their sorrows and sufferings. Their Heart chakra is therefore highly developed and strong which gives them the ability to forgive in a few seconds and continue loving, living and helping.