Saturday, August 13, 2005

Chhama and God's Laws

22. Forgiveness (kshama) in the man of God consists in not inflicting, wishing to inflict, punishment on those who harm or wrong him. He knows that the cosmic law will see to it that all injustices are rectified; it is unnecessary and presumptuous to attempt to hasten its workings or to determine their form. Retribution at the hands of the immutable law of karma has for its proper and far-seeing purpose the eventual spiritual redemption of the sinner.

—Paramahansa Yogananda, the twenty-six ennobling qualities of the devotee, chapter 16, God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita.


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