January 2020 Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

It is through forgiveness that I am often able to clear blockages and move forward.  I remember many years ago when I was angry at my brother for his behavior and his words.  Suddenly, I remembered the teachings on forgiveness.  With an “Oh yeah!” I let go of the anger.  John wasn’t around.  Maybe he benefitted by my releasing the anger, I don’t know.  But I know I did!

Had my brother acted badly?  Yes.  Did I want to use that as an excuse to hold my righteous anger.  Oh yeah.  It doesn’t matter which end of the event in which you find yourself – forgiveness will free you.

Paramhansa Yogananda, in Whispers from Eternity, wrote:  “O Spirit, Father, save me from the fever-attacks of anger that have burned my brain, stressed my nerves, and poisoned my very blood…….”

“Help me to see only kindness reflected in my mental lake.  Why disturb those calm waters with blasts of disharmony, producing only misery and useless agitation.”

I’ve no doubt the New Year will provide us all with endless opportunities to practice forgiveness!  My resolution is to meet them head-on.

Many Blessings,

Nityananda Hickey

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(considered by many to be the spiritual heir to Gandhi.)

      "Vinoba Bhave used to explain the royal road to forgiveness to us. There are some skeptics who can only see faults in everyone. Their skepticism prevents them from practicing forgiveness. Then there are people who see some good and some bad in everyone; these are the rationalists. For them, practicing forgiveness is also difficult. Then there are people who mainly see good in everyone. They can begin to practice forgiveness. Then there are those who, on finding some small virtue in others, magnify it, praise it extravagantly, and shower them with appreciation. These are the people on the royal road to forgiveness.


      “I questioned whether this kind of behavior was honest and truthful. Vinoba responded that when you see a small virtue in someone, you need to realize that this good quality represents a reservoir of virtue hidden in their hearts. By focusing on that virtue, you shine a light on it. It is comparable to reading a map in which one inch represents ten miles. Although on the map you see an inch, you know that on the ground it is ten miles. In the same way, you may look at one small virtue in a badly behaved person and know that he or she has the potential to be a saint. In fact, it is possible to transform an evil person into a saint by forgiveness.”


From the article The Power of Forgiveness by Satish Kumar.  Parabola Magazine, Fall 2019 edition

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