Friday, September 24, 2010

A note on the values of forgiveness as flashed by me on the f.b on Sepember 25,2010.

Bishwanath Singh: One often talks about forgiveness.Let us examine as what forgiveness means to all of us! Forgiveness is typically defined as the process of concluding resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, difference or mistake, and ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. Literary forgiveness is termed as to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offense or debt.

 Further comment of  Bishwanath Singh :The concept and benefits of forgiveness have been explored in religious thought, the social sciences and medicine. Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the person who forgives including forgiving themselves, in terms of the pers...on forgiven and/or in terms of the relationship between the forgiver and the person forgiven. In some contexts, forgiveness may be granted without any expectation of restorative justice, and without any response on the part of the offender -for example, one may forgive a person who is incommunicado or dead. In practical terms, it may be necessary for the offender to offer some form of acknowledgment, apology, and/or restitution, or even just ask for forgiveness, in order for the wronged person to believe he is able to forgive. Most world religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness, and many of these teachings provide an underlying basis for many varying modern day traditions and practices of forgiveness. Some religious doctrines or philosophies place greater emphasis on the need for humans to find some sort of divine forgiveness for their own shortcomings, others place greater emphasis on the need for humans to practice forgiveness of one another, yet others make little or no distinction between human and/or divine forgiveness. In the Christianity, in the New Testament, Jesus speaks of the importance of Christians forgiving or showing mercy towards others. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus repeatedly spoke of forgiveness, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. He also laid emphasis on love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. In Buddhism, forgiveness is seen as a practice to prevent harmful thoughts from causing havoc on one’s mental well-being. Buddhism recognizes that feelings of hatred and ill-will leave a lasting effect on our mind karma. Instead, Buddhism encourages the cultivation of thoughts that leave a wholesome effect. In Hinduism, Krishna, who is considered to be an incarnation of Vishnu by Hindus. Krishna said in the Gita that forgiveness is one of the characteristics of one born for a divine state. It is noteworthy that he distinguishes those good traits from those he considered to be demoniac, such as pride, self-conceit and anger. Islam teaches that God (Allah ) is 'The Most Forgiving', and is the original source of all forgiveness. Forgiveness often requires the repentance of those being forgiven. Depending on the type of wrong committed, forgiveness can come either directly from Allah, or from one's fellow man who received the wrong. In the case of divine forgiveness, the asking for divine forgiveness via repentance is important. In the case of human forgiveness, it is important to both forgive, and to be forgiven. As per Quran, to receive forgiveness from God there are three requirements (a) Recognizing the offense itself and its admission before God. (b) Undergoing commitment not to repeat the offense. & (c) Request for forgiveness from God. Forgiveness is therefore in nutshell itself an illusion, a tool for the undoing of unconscious guilt wherever it is experienced, and a tool which leads to the removal of all blocks to love. In time we thus must practice true forgiveness in order to undo the insane world we think is real.

.Rithy Singh and Poonam Matia like this..

Poonam Matia to punish is human and to forgive is divine we all must try to learn .........itz difficult but not impossible

 Bishwanath Singh- I like it.
September 25,2910.

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