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“‘Isn’t it possible,’ I asked myself, ‘to escape these waves of retribution right now? Whatever the lessons my friend needs to learn, surely I, at least, can free myself.’ Then, from the depths of my heart, I cried, ‘I forgive him!’ At that moment, with a feeling of ineffable relief, I awoke. In that simple act of forgiveness I felt that I had actually freed myself of some karmic burden.”
Jesus Christ told his followers that if they had a grievance with one of their brothers, they must settle it before entering the temple. Explaining the inner meaning of Christ’s words, Paramhansa Yogananda said that if we want to enter the temple of deep meditation, we first must rid ourselves of any negative energy we hold towards anyone.
How do we do this? First, look honestly at any resentment or grudges you may be harboring towards others. It doesn’t matter if these feelings are justified by the other person’s actions towards us—our part is to identify the negativity we’re harboring in our own heart, and cast it out.
Next, pray repeatedly for the person until you feel an inward release from your antipathy. Is this quick and easy? No, but the amount of time it takes is determined by the intensity and sincerity of our efforts.
Finally, be constantly vigilant so that no new noxious weeds sprout in your soul’s garden and choke out the flowers of noble sentiments. The sooner you recognize any weeds of negativity— before their roots become deeply entrenched—the easier it is to pull them out.
Our Guru said, “Reincarnation is created by the satanic force, which has instilled in people wrong desires and attachments, and has influenced them to leave the kingdom of God to return repeatedly to earth—the land of false hopes and suffering.”
If we want to find God and end our story of many incarnations, we must earnestly, energetically, and determinedly oppose those tendencies that make us cling to lower states of consciousness. When the ego realizes that we will never let up in our efforts, it eventually abandons the field of battle, and we stand victorious over the one true enemy: delusion. And that is the end of our story.
Joined with you towards victory, Nayaswami Devi