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1. act of pardoning somebody: the act of pardoning somebody for a mistake or wrongdoing
2. act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.
3. disposition or willingness to forgive.
 Forgiveness is a giving, for which we receive peace, love, and understanding.
(Source – Let There Be Light by Bernice Simpson Dittmer, original author Unknown)Forgive Definition:
1. transitive and intransitive verb stop being angry about something: to stop being angry about or resenting somebody or somebody’s behavior
2. transitive verb pardon somebody: to excuse somebody for a mistake, misunderstanding, wrongdoing, or inappropriate behavior
3. transitive verb cancel obligation: to cancel an obligation such as a debt
[ Old English forgiefan, literally “abstain from giving”]“
“When we truly forgive in our hearts, not only do we purify ourselves from the heavy burdens of negative karma but we begin to create a new space for positive energy to enter this world. When we forgive, we are no longer chained to the negative actions we have created in the past.”
― Christopher Dines, Mindfulness Meditation: Bringing Mindfulness into Everyday Life
“Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.” quoted by Mr. Dag Hammarskjold
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”– Mahatma Gandhi
“Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other persons apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand
you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its
own way and time—just like it does for you and me.” – Sara Paddison
“Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love.” – Gandhi
“Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare.” – Lance Morrow
“Ho’oponopono means to make right. Essentially, it means to make it right with the ancestors, or to make right with the people with whom you have relationships. We believe that the original purpose of Ho’oponopono was to correct the wrongs that had occurred in someone’s life including Hala (to miss the thing aimed for, or to err, to disobey) and Hewa (to go overboard or to do something to excess) which were illusions, and even ‘Ino (to do harm, implying to do harm to someone with hate in mind), even if accidental.” The Huna Process
“Whether men soar to outer space or dive to the bottom of the deepest ocean they will find themselves as they are, unchanged, because they will not have forgotten themselves nor remembered to exercise the charity of forgiveness. The Everything and The Nothing, by Meher Baba, p. 110.”
”I have found that I have to forgive others in all situations to maintain any real spiritual progress….I must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter of form, but in my heart. I do this not for the other person’s sake, but for my own sake. Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished, are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have nothing to do with my original problem.” ~ Bill Wilson
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” -Catherine Ponder
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” Martin Luther King, Jr
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
~Lewis B. Smedes
“Even forgiveness, if weak and passive, is not true: fight is better. Forgive when you could bring legions of angels to the victory.” Swami Vivekananda
“In this life… we are unable to forget whatever remains unforgiven. So, if we won’t let go of some pain – whose time has now past – then who is to
blame for the weight of this burden still being carried on our back?” Guy Finley
“If you are bitter you are like a dry leaf that you can squash and you can blow away by the wind. There is much more wisdom in forgiveness.” ~ Vusi Mahlasela
The Way To Happiness forgives & restores self respect. it brings calm to a troubled world.
“True joy and happiness are valuable. If one does not survive, no joy and no happiness are obtainable.
Trying to survive in a chaotic, dishonest and generally immoral society is difficult. Any individual or group seeks to obtain from life what
pleasure and freedom from pain that he or they can.
Your own survival can be threatened by the bad actions of others around
you. Your own happiness can be turned to tragedy and sorrow by the
dishonesty and misconduct of others.I am sure you can think of
instances of this actually happening.
Such wrongs reduce one’s survival and impair one’s happiness. You are important to other people.
You are listened to. You can influence others. The happiness or
unhappiness of others you could name is important to you.
Without too much trouble, using this book, you can help them survive and lead happier lives.
While no one can guarantee that anyone else can be happy, their chances of
survival and happiness can be improved. And with theirs, yours will
be. It is in your power to point the way to a less dangerous and
These are the precept titles:
Take Care of Yourself.
Don’t Be Promiscuous.
Love and Help Children.
Honor and Help You Parents.
Set a Good Example.
Seek to Live with theTruth.
Do Not Murder.
Don’t Do Anything Illegal.
Support a Government Designed and Run for All the People.
Do Not Harm a Person of Good Will.
Safeguard and Improve Your Environment.
Do Not Steal.
Be Worthy of Trust. Fulfill Your Obligations.
Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others.
Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do to You.
Try to Treat Others As You Would Want Them to Treat You.
Flourish and Prosper.” L.Ron Hubbard
“One forgives to the degree that one loves.” François Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-80), writer, moralist
“But I want you to understand that you can transcend Karma and cancel out every mistake, with the slate wiped clean, right here now, in this lifetime. This does not mean that you will have overcome the tendency toward error, or that you will necessarily cease the cycle of incarnations, but it does mean you can be forgiven of all transgressions of the Law. How? By accepting the forgiveness of your indwelling Christ. The idea of Forgiveness is a part of your deeper Consciousness, and this idea of Forgiveness is forever expressing itself. Recognize that forgiveness is a part of the divine Gift. Accept it. Realize it and you can be free of the past.
But in order to realize it, you must cease living strictly in your
emotional nature. You must give up all hostility, mental turmoil,
resentment, condemnation. You must forgive yourself and everyone
else. You must clean up and clear out your consciousness before the
pure energy of Forgiveness can be received and embodied.
“This is for-giveness. It is the beauty given for ashes that Isaiah saw across the ages. All the competitives that constitute the ginger and
glow of human encounter, flourishing like trees for strength, give way
to the miracle that sets each man into his right place. Wraps the
conscious mind in sane security. The mind is forgiven its
suggestibility to foolishness and ignorance. The mind is cured of
“We always become like those with whom we associate. God enthroned above the pairs of opposites is the bad man’s
deliverer and the good man’s glorious liberty. ‘There is a path which
no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen’, saith the
Rewarder of the diligently watchful. The ‘fowl’ is the looker for
right words and their outcomes. The ‘vulture’ is the searcher for sin
and its consequences. This was the patience and the faith of the
saints of old, the observers of badness and goodness, the strong
believers in rewards and punishments, the unknowing of the law that
‘that thou seest, man, that too become thou must’ “.
“The One served by inward beholding gives for our former nature Its own nature. Today there are those who by contemplating the Healing God rather than their own pains, have had given for their diseased bodies, vigorously
healthy ones; for their depressed minds, buoyancy of heart, thus bodily
“Honor and fortune and knowledge are for-giveness by recognition of the Glorious Presence of Victorious Divinity. Health and strength and joy and peace cooperate as God with man, by upward visioning. New knowing starts with mystically sighting toward the Original Knower by whom our knowing roots are quickened.
Let us know from our own base, and poverty and foolishness and evil
have nothing to tie to. Thus do we find our original goods. So are we
“Agreement is harmony. And harmony with the Adversary to pain, ignorance, disorder, means success like the Adversary.
High success denotes entire harmony, entire for-giveness.
He that is entirely for-given speaks with resistless inspiration. … so
we, for-given, know that life, health and joy are eternally native to
us all, and our positive fervours warm past all doubts.”
“Who is not glad to surrender his proud mind’s muddy wadies of foolishness, its dark pools of ignorance ? – …
Here is my heart; it is Thine only. For-give Thou its dissatisfactions;
for-give its restlessness. For-give its discouragements; for-give its
elations. For-give its hopes and its fears; its loves and its hates. …
I am for-given and governed by Thee alone, and I cannot sin, I cannot suffer for sin, nor fear sin, sickness or death.”
“Here is a mental treatment guaranteed to cure every ill that flesh is heir to: sit for half an hour every night and mentally forgive everyone against whom you have any ill will or antipathy” -Charles Fillmore Source
“Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.” Swami Sivananda
For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?
The action of forgiveness is one of replacing the false belief with an idea of Truth. We are all perfect beings, each on his or her own path of enfoldment. We always do our best according to
our understanding at the time.