Twelfth century Persian, Hafiz, became a poet of the court of Abu Ishak. He gained much fame and influence in Shiraz. This was his phase of Spiritual Romanticism in his poetry. He wrote 500 ghazals, 42 Rubaiyees, and a few Ghaseehehs, composed over a 50 year period. He only composed when he was divinely inspired. Thus, he averaged only 10 Ghazals a year. He focused on writing poetry worthy of the Beloved.
Hafiz wrote, “Forgiveness is all the cash you will ever need.” Think about that for a moment. Forgiveness is the cash you need to open the door of your mind and heart to experience abundance. Forgiveness opens you to the abundance of your ideas, love and the power, comfort and grace of God.
God’s presence and grace is right here and now for everyone if we are open to it. Thus, you need to bring that to mind and bring it into your heart. Open your heart to the abundance, the power and wonder that is God’s gift when you open to forgiveness.
What and who do you need to forgive? Surprisingly, you need to begin by forgiving yourself first. It is a known fact that the majority of people are more unforgiving toward oneself than of others.
Thus, it is oneself and others who need your forgiveness.
o “To err is human: to forgive…is divine.” Alexander Pope
o “If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” Mother Theresa
o “The weak can never forgive, forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi
o “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.” Josh Billings
o “Resentment hurts; forgiveness heals!” Larry James
o “You master your enemy not by force but by Forgiveness.” Author unknown
o “Carrying a grudge is like a run in a stocking, it can only get worse. Forgiveness is the answer.” Author unknown
o “Without forgiveness there is no future.” Desmond Tutu
o “Ask not to be forgiven, ask rather to learn how to forgive”. A Course in Miracles
This moment is the first moment of the rest of your life. Open your heart to the abundance, the power and the wonder that is God’s gift to you when you open to forgiveness of yourself and others.