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It is true that we hold our lives very dear to ourselves. But, do we also hold dear those traits which actually make us alive in the true sense? As none of us would be ready to exchange our lives with howsoever big an offer comes to allure us; why then we discount our humanistic ideals in exchange of trifle allurements, succumbing to the commands of our mind?

One of the prime yardsticks that characterise a human being is 'forgiveness'. It's a trait which can metamorphose the entire behavioural make-up of an individual. On the other hand, if in place of forgiveness, hatred is nurtured, it severely harms the life. How forgiveness acts as a boon and hatred as bane, let us analyse…

Unless and until the weeds of hatred are rooted out with the sickle of forgiveness, they will keep spoiling inner peace and calm. In the language of neuroscientists, the brain has a set of wiring known as 'the hate circuit'. Unlike a switch, which turns on and off, this circuit gets activated whenever the emotion of hatred is stimulated. This circuit communicates the message of hatred all through, not just to the psychology but also the physiology.

Coming to the impact on psychology, when we nurture the feelings of hatred in our inner being, truckload joules of heat is generated in the brain, thereby upsetting the nervous system. Consequently, the entire dynamics of the psycho-setup gets badly affected, thrashing down the peace of mind to pieces. 

Doctors have proved to the extent that a person harbouring within himself the toxic mixture of hatred, bitterness, resentment, and the emotions alike, infects the surroundings with the same. The condensed molecules being exhaled through the breath with his verbal expressions are thoroughly infected with these toxins. If these toxins are allowed to accumulate for one hour, they can suffice to kill 80 guinea pigs. 

With time, the power of forgiveness has been realized by the intelligentsia as well. It is apparent from the fact that where the number of researches on forgiveness numbered not even 60 till 1997, there the count has made a drastic jump to touch the figure of 1200 today. This clearly speaks of the phase shift in perception with respect to valuing the trait of 'forgiveness' in life. 

Therefore, the wise ones always recommend that when you encounter any situation which tends to shatter your inner peace with the toxic fumes of hatred, adopt an intelligent route. Remind yourselves that although it is easier to reciprocate injustice with hatred, yet you will poison your inner-being by entertaining such feelings. Try practicing forgiveness once. After tasting its fruit, it's guaranteed that you will never revert to the path of hatred. In this manner, you will be the fortunate one to say, “I was doubly benefited! I wasn't harmed by your attacks; simultaneously, I wished for your well-being! These benefits were worth procuring than the momentary satisfaction of hatred and revenge!”

Ashutosh Maharaj


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