This month, REV DADA JP VASWANI talks about the power of forgiveness and other important life philosophies, which bring positive changes in the way of life.
How do we motivate oneself when we experience failure?
Treat failure as a gift from God. The measure in which you accept, you will nd that there is something which you need to learn. In all conditions and circumstances of life, in loss and gain, sorrow and joy, there is a meaning of mercy. Accept and move forward!
What step should be taken to forget the past?
What step do you take to protect your house at night? You close the door…so close the door. Learn from the mistake, from the past. Don’t carry unnecessary baggage. There is no human being who does not make a mistake. To err is human. Every one of us has made mistakes. Learn and kick aside the memory. Otherwise you will be heavily laden and not be able to proceed further. Learn the art of forgetting; forget many errors committed by you. Learn the lesson and don’t repeat the mistakes. Go to God with a heart sincere and contrite. Pray for forgiveness and pray for strength not to repeat the mistake and proceed further. No man on earth has not made a mistake.
How do we eliminate the negative energy or negative thoughts of others surrounding us?
You can isolate yourself. You need not come under their inuence, what is called peer pressure today. We never heard of peer pressure in our days, in the colleges or in the school. You can isolate yourself. In our days also, there were peer inuences, but we used to form our own circle. We had a circle of friends. We used to meet from time to time to talk about scriptures. We can isolate ourselves. The difculty today is that we fall an easy prey to peer pressure.
How would you dene life?
Life is an adventure in forgiveness and in helping others.
Why is forgiveness so difcult for one and all?
Because we are under the inuence of ego. It is the ego that feels hurt. So long as the ego is strong, there can be no forgiveness. I know of people who remember things that happened to them 20 years ago. Just imagine. The ego is strong.
What is the secret of the peace and serenity radiating from you?
This peace and serenity is not a secret. Whatever little I have is due to my broken faith in my beloved Master and in the Almighty. There should be belief in the meaning of God’s mercy in everything happening to us. This world is not a pleasure-hunting ground, but a school in which experience is our teacher, whether pleasant or not. After learning the lesson, one moves on to the next until one grows in the wisdom of life. Then one is never perturbed for the gem of serenity is within.