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How to Forgive by Srila Prabhupada

Quotes by our spiritual master, nectar for the heart.

Srila Prabhupada

The duty of a brahmana is to culture the quality of forgiveness, which is illuminating like the sun. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, is pleased with those who are forgiving. (SB 9.15.40)


This is the sum of duty. Do not do unto others what would cause pain if done to you. (Mahabharata 5.1517)


Even if a devotee commits the most abominable actions, he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated,”. As you will say, “To err is human”, so in the neophyte stage we may always expect some discrepancies are there. Kindly see the things in this light and forgive their small mistakes. The big thing is they have given their life, everything to Krishna–that is never a mistake. (Letter April 30, 1973)


Srila Prabhupada

I am glad to learn that your co-operation for this society is appreciated by the authorities, We should learn to forget and forgive minor incidents because whenever there are two men in a place, there is always some misunderstanding. (Letter, January 11, 1968)


Brahmanas are beautiful when they are forgiving, ksatriyas when they are heroic and never retreat from fighting, vaisyas when they enrich cultural activities and protect cows, and südras when they are faithful in the discharge of duties pleasing to their masters. Thus everyone becomes beautiful by his special qualities. And the special quality of the brahmanas, as described here, is forgiveness. (SB 9.15.40)

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