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Satsang with Ma: The Roots of Forgiveness

12 October 2012 3 Comments Print article Print article

Devotee: How does one go about learning to forgive from within as well as externally?

Shri Anandi Ma: We tend to forget or ignore what makes up the roots of every being.  The first step in understanding these roots is recognizing the presence of divine energy in every being. The energy that is making you do whatever you do is the same energy in other people. There is no difference. So’ham Hansaha — ‘You and I are one.’

Christ was able to speak words of forgiveness in the face of terrible misconduct because he understood that those around him were acting under the influence of illusion, or maya, and not under the influence of their own consciousness. Such people do not know who they really are — they are trapped under the aspects of illusion and ignorance and they are behaving under the influence of that illusion. But you, as a person one step above them, cannot be pulled into that situation.

Go to the innermost level of understanding: ‘there is no real difference between this person and me,’ and ‘this person is acting out of his or her own mind, whereas I need to act through the depths of my soul.’ Naturally, once you begin to relate in this fashion, there’s no reason not to forgive.

The root problem is that we expect others to behave a certain way, when we may not do the same in those situations.

We are all human, and we all make mistakes, and many times when we make mistakes, we expect that the other person will forgive us and give us another chance. We need to cultivate that same attitude toward others. It may be difficult, but it needs to be done, nonetheless.

For little things, we say ‘sorry’ so easily. We bump into someone and it’s so easy to say ‘sorry’. When we get a hard bump, there should be no difference. The root problem is that we expect others to behave a certain way, when we may not do the same in those situations.

When we do not forgive, we plant the seed of samskara and tie karma to the other person.

When we do not forgive, we plant the seed of samskara and tie karma to the other person. But when we forgive, the whole action is dissolved and there is no further interaction binding the souls together.



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  • saraswati said:

    If souls are not bonded together, then will they become strangers?
    These people in our lives, husband, wives, families, friends, we interact with each other, do we have karma tied and souls binding with them because we haven’t forgave?

    How do we know if the people in our lives is binding/tie karma or liberating karma and free our souls from each other?

  • Akshara said:

    I am finding the nuances of karma confusing and am trying to understand more. I ask the same question I believe as Saraswati – how do we know if the people in our lives and the interactions we have are binding/tie karma or liberating karma? Could a negative re-action towards someone actually be liberating and resolve a past karma? Or does this just create more ties? How can we be sure one has truly been forgiven within yourself – and issues will not rise in later years, or in the next lifetime?

  • satya said:

    I’m not sure you can know anything regarding karma with another person. They cannot bind you, only we can do that by incorrect actions and reactions. The Relationship Webcast sounds like it could be helpful in exploring this further. Neither can another person (besides your sat guru) liberate you. Only we can do that by correct actions and reactions to whatever a person and maya brings to us. By correct, i mean what Ma states about acting and responding from the understanding of sameness/oneness at our core. I’m not saying this is easy but it is our assignment for however many times it takes. I found that when understanding comes, it’s a lot easier to change my behavior. The catch is i have to repeatedly force myself to behave the opposite of my 1st inclinations (and still do) until it becomes my 1st response. Everything becomes sadhana.

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