JOYOUS FORGIVENESS
February 03, 2002
Waukegan Mandira

Kakaji described "joyous forgiveness" as the highest type of forgiveness. At the lowest level, when we forgive someone, some negative feeling still remains. At a higher level, there is no negative feeling, but the awareness of having forgiven remains. At the highest level of joyous forgiveness, one does not even remember the occurrence.

In Shikshapatri verse 201, Swaminarayan Bhagwan states, "Saints should tolerate the verbal and physical abuses of wicked opposition, but never retaliate against such abuses verbally or physically. They should not only forgive them, but bless them and shall never think to curse them." In Vachanamrut Gadhada First 27, Swaminarayan Bhagwan explains, "[The saint's] greatness lies in the fact that he tolerates the insults of even insignificant people. Only those who are forgiving in this manner are extremely great."

In the 4th principle of Soonrut, Yogi Bapa explains, "Tolerance is a great virtue. If someone speaks to us sarcastically, then instead of retaliating, one should bear it - that is the quality of forgiveness. By forgiving, one experiences peace in the heart...and the great saint is pleased."

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