Uttam Kshama – Supreme Forgiveness
If knowingly or unknowingly, I have caused hurt or offense in any manner, through my words or actions, I seek forgiveness
- from my acquaintances, colleagues, friends, and family members
- from people of all religion, color, and orientation
- from all living beings – animals and plants
- from the planet on which we live and the universe around”
Growing up in a Jain family it was an annual ritual on “Kshama vani”, to visit and greet the members of the extended family and seek their forgiveness, irrespective of age or gender. Years later I realized the virtue of the practice.
Seeking forgiveness or saying sorry with intent takes a lot of courage and requires one to drop his/her ego and approach the person he/she may have hurt or wronged, including self. But the outcome is worth it. Saying sorry releases you from the burden of carrying guilt. On the other hand, granting forgiveness frees the mind of the burden of resentment and anger against the person who might have hurt or wronged you.
Harboring the feeling of guilt or resentment for long can have a detrimental effect on one’s emotional and physical health. It can lead to a drop in focus and performance at work and even strained family relations. Like someone said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies!”
So, if you are angry with someone who has wronged you, or you are remorseful about having hurt someone, at your workplace or in the family, drop the ego and muster the courage for forgiveness today!
Would love to know how you felt after the act of forgiveness.