In the language of Rwanda, known as Kinyarwanda there are two words: "imbabazi" which means (ask for) forgiveness, and "kubabarira" which means to forgive. On May 19, 2011 in London, Jean-Paul Samputu, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide wrote for Laurent about forgiveness: "In life we must find creative (or constructive) ways to negotiate conflicts. We cannot change the past but we can change how we approach it, or how we carry our feelings about it into the future, and forgiveness is the key. Forgiveness is the most powerful weapon against terrorism and atrocities. To break these cycles of violence, wars, conflicts, is to preach forgiveness. We live in the world where revenge is the culture. Only the culture of forgiveness will stop the cycle (of war, genocide, etc.). My real enemy was not the one who wronged me, my real enemy was my hatred, bitterness, my anger which came alive in me. We become what we don't forgive. Forgiveness means to liberate from bondage, to release from the prison of our desire for revenge, of our anger, our bitterness, and hatred. Life is not changed by knowing the word of the truth but by living the truth."
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This review of this moving and meaningful book is cast in poetic form which is appropriate to the dialogical nature of this book which includes material from live seminars. Even through this poetic presentation I do share -- and give some details about -- the four major themes of this book. This book provides simple and effective tools for (1) developing and heeding intuition, (2) gaining freedom from worry and cutting out worry by being your true self (the book also explains why this system of gaining freedom from worry is necessary to curtail the dissipation of psychic energy needed for spiritual advancement), (3) the question of how to grant forgiveness and how to understand the nature of forgiveness as unconditional as not something done for a reason, and (4) the practice of participating in each other's spiritual pilgrimages as a part of a broader project called, in the words of Meher Baba, "bring[ing] together all religions like beads on one string." I'm Ringing the Doorbell of Forgiveness I'm ringing the doorbell of forgiveness My intuition is that I need to bless and forgive like the Whim of the Universe Let go of worry and so reverse the past and live in the present first. Let me join people of all faiths and search and share pilgrimages both mine and yours. Let this search be our service the humble act of the dervish. Dear Avatar of the Universe With your living service, You untangle the knots and you have purged and cleaned all the thoughts that had lingered. In the atmosphere at places of pilgrimage. So these shrines of saints are now purest. You've thinned down the thoughts that were accursed, And grounded tombs' purpose with forgiveness. So we can all enter these places now purest. "The way of oneness is the way to happiness."* Worry arises in manyness As the "One with no second," all happiness is your gift to us by which we're blessed. May my only worry be remembrance of your Holy Name and Your essence. I want to love like beads on one string. I want to love and be forgiving and do it for the sake of befriending. I want to love and stop worrying. I stand at your door and give it a ring. I'm looking inside and intuiting. on the journey of my soul's involuting The Avatar Meher Baba I am saluting. The Avatar's glance is piercing the patterns of worry not serving moral courage and cheering enthusiasm and with balancing I'm poised to address what life brings. And sometimes life brings on such sufferings that sanskaras get unwound in loosened strings. I remember the meaning of suffering That Khizr showed Moses in the things For which Moses lacked understanding. If only we knew the deep meaning we might have patience we need to bring but that practice of patience like forgiving comes first in the order of things First is the practice and then that brings The meaning you seek for understanding. The purpose of life is is unfolding absorbed into God and beginning dissolving in God which is to bring, bring out the heart for intuiting. Let freedom from worry make us joyous to sing Of the fullness of life in our journeying. In this journey we "bring beads together" on one string. Of religions together in collective sharing and seeing how God is always embodying His Truth and His Mercy that to us brings Clearness of vision and strength for loving. People all think it's so snappy: to say "Don't worry Be Happy." But it is work for the purpose of energy To advance along far on the journey You have to cut the cord of worry. "Don't Worry. Be Happy" is more than cute It's an order to be resolute It's also the promise, if only you knew it, that He will help you in his love, so don't refute this proverb as if it were in dispute. Do your best, then after you do it, Turn it over to God in your pursuit And in His love you will get through it. Jai Saheb-e Zaman Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai ! * Meher Baba, quoted in Bhau Kalchuri, Lord Meher, p. 5809