Mahasamadhi 2016: Forgiveness and Mercy
When a person gets hurt, his natural reaction is to retaliate or fight back. It becomes difficult for him to forgive, and his ability to be calm and understanding in that situation is overpowered by the need to get even. He thinks that by not forgiving the person, he is able to take revenge for the mistakes done to him.
But just as love binds two persons together, so do anger, hatred, and resentment. So, by not forgiving, the person does not realize that he is placing himself in the most unfavorable position. As Master Choa Kok Sui has said in his book, The Existence of God is Self-Evident:
Divine Justice can be balanced by Divine Mercy. It is in forgiving that one is forgiven. “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,” said St. Francis of Assisi. By showing mercy, one can receive mercy. “Blessed are the merciful for Mercy shall be shown to the them.” (Matthew 5:7) If a person does not show mercy by forgiving, how can one harvest forgiveness, thereby partially erasing one’s negative karma? The Law of Forgiveness and the Law of Mercy supersede the Law of Karma, (page 103).
However, it is understandable for a person to need some time to forgive and to fully and sincerely let go of all the pain he has experienced. But, in that moment, that is where we see the level of evolution of a person. The higher the spiritual development of a person, the easier it is for him to forgive.
Nevertheless, no matter how advance a person’s spiritual development is, it must not be forgotten that he is still human. He is constantly evolving and must therefore, repeatedly practice patience, understanding, and tolerance. From the same book given above, Master Choa Kok Sui gave the perfect example:
Some readers or students might create an unrealistic image of what MCKS is, based on their preconceived idea of what a spiritual teacher should be. All of these, MCKS is not. MCKS is just a good person who is trying to be a better person – a better soul. MCKS, just like all of you, is in the process of evolving and has to repeatedly practice patience, understanding and tolerance. MCKS also gets hurt and experiences pain and has to remember to practice forgiveness. MCKS is as human as all of you. Qualitatively, this is true. Quantitatively, there is a certain degree of difference, (pages 106 – 107).