F is for Forgiveness
Forgiveness means pardoning someone
who may have done something bad to you.
In Jainism, just as Ahimsa* is the
main goal, forgiveness is the main action. We will find a lot of people who
have done, said, or thought something bad about us. But no matter how they
hurt us, we should forgive them. We should always think that may be we did
something bad to them first, and now they're getting back at us. No matter
what, we should stay calm and not get angry, and we shouldn't try to get even.
In the picture, Lord Mahavira** is forgiving Chandkaushik, the snake,
even though he bit Mahavira. This shows that if Mahavira can forgive we, his
followers, should also forgive those who hurt us. Forgiving helps our soul and
anger will only pull us down.
Just as Ahimsa is part of our life, forgiveness
should also be part of our actions.
* look under A
** look under M