Beneath the cold glare of the desolate night,
arises a Knight with all vigour and might
to fight against the darkness of pain and ignorance,
he is not scared to ignite the spark of light
There is only one defect in forgiving a person and not another. People take a forgiving person to be weak. That defect however should not be taken into consideration for forgiveness is a great power. Forgiveness is the virtue of the weak and an ornament of the strong. It subdues all in this world. What is there that forgiveness cannot achieve? What can a wicked person do unto him who carries a saber of forgiveness in his hand? Fire falling on the grassless ground is extinguished of itself. And unforgiving individual defiles himself with many enormities. Righteousness is the one highest good; and forgiveness is the one supreme peace; knowledge is one supreme contentment; and benevolence, one sole happiness.
From The Mahabharata
Udyoga Parva Section XXXIII
The above excerpt is acknowledging the power of forgiveness at the same time pointing that people who forgive can be considered weak. This shows that the Vedic tradition is not blind from the reality that forgiveness can be mistaken to be virtue of the weak.
To understand the practicality of forgiveness as a useful practice, it is essential to discern the crucial yet subtle difference between Trust and Forgiveness. Often we equate forgiving with trusting and this leads to a lot of problems.
Forgiveness essentially means to stop the feeling of anger or resentment towards a wrongdoer. Whereas trust is much more a positive thing. When we trust a person, we see him as more reliable, truthful and faithful. Forgiveness is about past but trusting is about the future. Understanding the difference between the two is essential for developing healthy relationship and take the correct action at the time of need.
Usually, we think, “When I forgive someone, the person who is under some guilt, is freed from that guilt”. Normal conception is that the other person’s guilt will be lessened.
The problem with this understanding is that the person committing the offence is not even conscious of his mistake most of the times and does not even seek forgiveness. And we feel there is no point in forgiving him. (more…)
“The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
Martin Luther King, From Strength to Love
Human beings are capable of venturing into possibilities which are tough to imagine.The inherent nature of inquisitiveness present in Humans species enables them to achieve miraculous things. Advancement in science and technology is one of the prominent testimony of such Human perseverance. The present scenario is such that it is practically impossible to live a day without Technology coming into the picture. Technology has occupied a predominant stature in current human civilization. And sometimes it makes us wonder about the validity and the impact of the apparent predicament that technology is offering in the form of appealing objects in our day-to-day lives. Accepting the dominant role that technology has to play, not just today but for days to come, in solving the practical problems, it is imperative to find equivocal opinions over the impact of such technological influence on the thinking and creative abilities of man.
Being in India, we are privileged to experience so many occasions of festivities all throughout the year. For every such occasion, there is a magnanimous history behind. And the celebrations become even more joyful and successful if we are aware of the purpose why the celebration is being held and is going on from time immemorial. According to the Sanatana Dharma, human life is meant for purification of our existence and this become easier by aligning our lives with the guidelines of God. And festivals are the occasions when we get the best of the opportunities to practice spirituality.
Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most celebrated festivals of all. People from all sections of life, participate in it with great joy and enthusiasm. It is a five-day festival beginning with Naraka Chaturdasi, Deep Daan or Deepavali day, Bali Pratipada and ends with Bhaiya Duj. Every mentioned day is historically significant and the most important day of Deepavali is the day when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after his 14 years of exile ended. In scriptures, we can find vivid descriptions of all the activities that signify the celebration of each mentioned day. On the day of Diwali, people decorate their homes with rows of lamps or Diyas, and other lightings, hence the name: festival of lights. So, the central point of this article is not just to glorify the festival and its historical significance but also to try to figure out what should be our mood or intention while celebrating these festivals. (more…)
From infancy to old-age, sure enough to find,
An incessant struggle to quench the thirst of curiosity.
Seemingly satiable, of things so mortal and kind
That has bound us all in this paradigm of hostility. (more…)