Cheam of Tahir Region - What Does Other Religions State About Forgiveness?

Cheam of Tahir Region - What Does Other Religions State About Forgiveness?

 

Forgiveness

I am m sure everyone would have at some point made a mistake for which they wanted to be ...(you got it!)...forgiven/pardoned/excused. Some lucky ones are pardoned yet others, not so lucky ones, are not excused. This article is for all those who do not forgive and forget! I'm going to explore what a couple of Religions have to say about forgiving, for my atheist followers I will quote some philosophers, thinkers and other intellectuals.

Buddhism

“He abused me, he struck me, he overcame me, he robbed me’ — in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will never cease.”

“He abused me, he struck me, he overcame me, he robbed me’ — in those who do not harbor such thoughts hatred will cease.”

(Dhammapada 1.3-4; trans. Radhakrishnan)

Hinduism

"There is one only defect in forgiving persons, and not another; that defect is that people take a forgiving person to be weak. That defect, however, should not be taken into consideration, for forgiveness is a great power. Forgiveness is a virtue of the weak, and an ornament of the strong. Forgiveness subdues (all) in this world; what is there that forgiveness cannot achieve? What can a wicked person do unto him who carries the sabre of forgiveness in his hand? Fire falling on the grassless ground is extinguished of itself. And unforgiving individual defiles himself with many enormities. Righteousness is the one highest good; and forgiveness is the one supreme peace; knowledge is one supreme contentment; and benevolence, one sole happiness."

 

(Mahabharata, Udyoga Parva Section XXXIII, Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli)

 

Judaism

"When asked by an offender for forgiveness, one should forgive with a sincere mind and a willing spirit. . . forgiveness is natural to the seed of Israel."

 

(Mishneh Torah, Teshuvah 2:10)

 

Christianity

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

(Bible Matthew 5:23-24)

Sikhism

"Where there is Wisdom, there is Righteousness.

Where there is falsehood, there is sin.

Where there is greed, there is Death.

Where there is Forgiveness (Compassion),

God Himself is there."

 

(Sri Kabir Ji, Slok 155, p. 1372, SGGS)

 

Islam

‘Take to forgiveness, and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant.’

 (Qur'an 7:200)

Ergo:

Dear readers please forgive someone today or tomorrow or the day after tomorrow or when someone wrongs you, you will feel better about it and so will they. If you care about humanity, see it as an act of charity to them so drop the ego and forgive and forget...this by no means implies you and wrongdoer becoming friends but seriously it feels better both for the Forgiver and the Forgiven.

Submitted by Talha Niazi (Cheam Ishaat Department)

Original Article by Anser Zafar

March 2012