Kabir: Forgiveness is a game only saints play.
Jesus: Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Bible: Judge not lest ye be judged
Sai Baba: The actor who slaps you on stage waits behind
the curtain to congratulate you on your performance.
Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: Judge no one by the worst moment of his life.
Francis Bacon: A man who studies revenge keeps his wounds green.
“Say: O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of
the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most
Merciful.” [Sûrah al-Zumar: 53]
Jesus: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
Course In Miracles: The holiest ground in creation is that where 2 former
opponents have forgiven each other. P
J Myzkowski: My former enemy was a mirror who revealed
the dirt upon my face. P
Kabir: The saint helped the scorpion over and over again
and the scorpion each time returned a sting. Some said
“do you not know it is the nature of the scorpion to sting?”
and the saint replied “it is my nature to save.”
J Freundschuh: When I’m having trouble forgiving someone
I mentally regress him to baby state.
Sri Yukteswar: The vanished lives of all are filled with
many shames. Therefore do not judge.
April Baer: Forgiveness is a form of cleaning out closets P
Nancy Taylor: Unforgiveness wastes energy as extra weight
is carried around. Unforgiveness requires the energy
waste of repressing.
Maria Susie: (re the Bible that God tosses our sins into the deep sea)
God has posted a no fishing sign in His deep waters.
Patty: Do not look into the rearview mirror. (all who look
back are turned into pillars of bitter salt)
Sai Baba: You may blame me for the bad which passes through
you if you praise me for the good. (God is the only Doer)
Gopal: It helps to understand in why people do bad things
to remember that only a tiny slice of the pie of their
divinity was brought into this incarnation with them.
Sai Baba: Not in the morning pond does the lion wash his blood.
The Buddha: The more evil done to you the more good do in return. (Buddha’s
purity was so great that those who plotted to kill him had their plans recoil
upon themselves, not by his actions, but by the law of spiritual physics.)
Wayne Dyer: If you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out.
Nothing can come out of you that is not in you. If when you
are pressured, anger comes out, it is not the fault of the person
who pressured. P
Jan Freundschuh: (To a former foe) Now I see you as a pure rushing fountain
..adorned only by your own sweet splashes.
D Calleia: I went to sleep praying for an opponent, someone who
had repeatedly harmed me. That night God came to me in her
form.. and gave me a creative new way to draw my graphs.
JBO: So are you saying that you are getting the senior citizen
discount on your sins and the reduced weekend excursion rate
on your transgressions?
Saint Of Shirdi: It is the fruitladen tree which attracts a shower of
S Anthony Grafio: To hold someone in past thoughts is to imprison him.
Leonard Bertsch: Resentment turns a face slap into an ulcer.
A Thakur: My uncle received the anger of a great saint. He
considered it a blessing.
Alanon (passed through SC) Others’ opinions of me are not my
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and
gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Poster: Until past images are released, one is a blocked tv screen.
K. S. Hoare: The woman was not miraculously healed until she forgave
the horse who had thrown her.
(*perhaps all horses need to forgive their human oppressors)
John C Lehman Jr: Sometimes it is not necessary the problem
to solve but change the angle of vision and the problem dissolves.
K. S. Hoare: Part of her heart was tied off by God..
that the rest might grow larger.
Mahatma Gandhi: An eye for an eye makes everyone blind.
(Jesus came to make the blind see.)
Unknown: To understand all is to forgive all.
Josh Billings: There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
Ausonious: Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
Alexander Pope: To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Henry Ward Beecher:
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not
forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note–torn in two,
and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.
Starseed: You do not have enough data to assign value to
Swami Premananda: True forgiveness lies in awakening the divinity of another by manifesting the divinity in oneself.
S. B. Everett: paraphrased: When we recognize that we are all One, we send vibrations of love to all. (When one part of the body is in pain, cells elsewhere rush to heal.)
Sai Baba: God stands outside all mathematical equations
no matter how long.. ready to render a plus or minus,
multiplication or division.
Jesus: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
Bible: Judge not lest ye be judged.
Few earthlings want to be released immediately
from our body prisons, nor let the bird of life soar
out from the rib cage
Balaram fought the demon all night long and they were still tied..
Krishna disarmed the demon with one smile of unconditional love
-Sai Baba- P
Anger is always internal..it can be released but not
created by external stimuli………
No one but you can annoy you or make you angry
You are responsible for your response to the environment
Jesus in the Our Father He asked His followers to recite:
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
There’s nothing in this life which is worth worrying about,” she says.
“Don’t be nervous, whatever happens. Don’t sit near your TV sets and wait till
finds you. Work, walk, meet people, do something but don’t stop moving.
“Love people and forgive people, whatever they do.
-Hanna Barysevich near Minsk.. 116 years of age-
P means paraphrased
No arrow can return unless it was sent out by a person
in one life or another.
a documentary on the Green River killer….
Like many serial killers he was perhaps an abused child and more
animals…. the loved ones of his many women victims
were allowed to confront him at the trial.. he sat unmoved
… as they all accused him… finally one man came forth
and said “I forgive you.” The prisoner broke into tears.
Forgiveness can move mountains
It is the nature of judges to be judgmental, and in the US, the ‘higher’
their status, the more likely they are to kill with their pens.
Thaddeus Golas: In response to pain, the natural thing is to contract
but one should expand (rather than shutting down when
someine is cruel, Golas says togive more love)
Corrie Ten Boom: (paraphrased) Speaking about forgiveness
after the war, a man came up to me after the lecture. He took my hand and
told me he had been the jailer who had harmed my sister (who
had died in the camp). He asked for my forgiveness. My arm froze. I prayed to
God that though I could not forgive him, God
could pass forgiveness through me to him. In the current
which rushed through my arm, we both began to weep.
Yom Kippur is not the only day God calls on Jews to forgive.
Every day Jews are called on to forgive.
R Avrutis: Each year on Yom Kippur at my temple we recite:
“May no one suffer on my account.”
We become what we focus upon.
Unknown: Don’t hate the haters
Do not ask the sour hard green fruit to be rainbowhued soft and sweet.
nor the rosebud to have the beautiful fragrance
of the fullblown rose
nor the sapling to provide the shade of a centuries old oak.
L Hill: Sometimes negative memories can roll around the
head for many decades before they are finally released.
SMC: Even if your part was only 5% of the argument,
try to send a letter asking for forgiveness whether or not
you name mistakes you made.
Don Young: paraphrased: judging implies superiority
Richard Nixon prosecuted an evil war, bombed and killed millions.
But he too had some wisdom. He said words to the effect ‘Your enemies may hate
you, but they don’t win unless you hate them back.’
Forgiveness flushes away escess weight, stress, and cancer
Catherine Ponder: When one holds resentment toward another, he is bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel.
Nonforgiveness is a passive form of violence,
degrading into a sulkiness which repels others.
. unplugging a clogged sewer
. putting down a heavy burden on a very hot day
. recognizing God who indwells our foes as well
. realizing that all return hurts are boomerangs of what
we sent out in this or another life
. letting go of the old images on the tv screen of our minds that new ones can enter
. taking the needle off the broken record
. knowing that all judging is projection of self hatred
. melting the icebergs of ego and resentment in the sea of love
As 32 degrees centigrade is the temperature at which
icicles melt, so it is inevitable in the history of each soul
that he or she arrives at a forgveness point.
As the icicle daggers of King Winter melt away,
so do the stalactites
of past fights.
(P after an entry signifies it is paraphrased from memory)
When President McKinley was shot by Czolgosz
Those in line behind Czolgosz and guards in the room all jumped on Czolgosz and
started to punch him. Seeing that the mob on Czolgosz might easily and quickly
kill him, President McKinley whispered either, “Don’t let them hurt him” or “Go
easy on him, boys.”
Edmund Morris reports in the book Theodore Rex that McKinley’s
last words before his death several days later were “Nearer my God
to Thee. Thy will be done.”
(McKinley was shot on Sept 6 2001 and was recovering,
but gangrene from the bullet’s path through nonvegetarian
intestines was the final cause of death. When George Wallace,
American candidate for president shot by a hit man employed
by war profiteers, was hit, he had, said a national news magazine,
just eaten a hamburger, and the bullet trailed an ecoli (colon
bacteria) path through his body.)
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is
shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Hatred can magnetize enemies to each other to the point that
they are fused together as Siamese twins.
Lawrence Wilson: about the presence of adrenaline in the brains of those experiencing anger: Anger is a state of glandular arousal the body in response to danger or perceived danger.
S B Everett: We do not judge those we love. That unconditional love can be extended to all. P
Unforgiveness yokes one to his foe.
Nondualists, those accepting the unified field theory of physics,
believe GOD is the only Doer, the only Actor. Therefore
nondualists must forgive GOD.
The vicious cycle of revenge can go on for millenia.*
The vicious cycle of revenge causes escalated violence.*
The sour hard green fruit cannot help it that it is not ripe soft and sweet, nor are young souls unfolded.
Do not take personally the projection of others’ movies onto your screen.
The scorpion becomes the eagle when he soars high in detachment from the foibles of others.
If we were self realized masters seeing only
the divinity shining in each being, we would not
see imperfection. Not forgiving someone else
implies we are reflecting a part of ourselves
we have not forgiven.
Unnamed entries are by editor Saiom Shriver