and Selfless Love manifests as Sacrifice. Such Love knows
no hatred. It envelops the entire Universe, and is capable
of drawing near even those who are seemingly far away. Love
it is that transforms the human into the Divine. In the phenomenal
world, you come across many shades and derivatives of this
Primordial Love. You love your father, mother, brother, sister,
friends and so on. In all such cases, there is always a tinge
of selfishness somewhere or the other. Divine Love, on the
other hand, is totally free of even the slightest trace of
selfishness. You must surrender to such Love, become completely
submerged by it, and experience the Bliss it confers.
For acquiring such Love, the quality of Kshama or forbearance
is a vital necessity. Every individual must cultivate this
noble quality. Kshama is not achieved by reading books or
learnt from an instructor. Nor can it be received as a gift
from someone else. This prime virtue Kshama can be acquired
solely by self-effort, that is, by facing diverse problems
squarely, enduring difficulties of various sorts, not giving
in to anxieties, and bearing with equanimity suffering as
well as sorrow. In the absence of Kshama, man becomes susceptible
to various evil tendencies. Hatred and jealousy easily take
root in a person lacking this virtue.
Kshama is the grandest and the noblest among virtues. The
troubles the country is currently passing through are largely
due to the absence of this noble quality of Kshama. Without
Kshama, mankind becomes degraded and starts declining, but
if it has this quality then it can progress in leaps and bounds.
Kshama is thus the very breath of life.
Everything must have a basis. For spiritual progress and advancement,
Kshama is the real basis or foundation. When Kshama disappears,
disturbance sets in and there is decline. Great countries
have lost their glory, prestige and reputation for this reason.
Patience is therefore a virtue that must be assiduously cultivated,
by individuals as well as nations, if troubles and tribulations
are to be successfully faced. Without patience and the capacity
for forbearance, one becomes spiritually weak. When patience
is gone, the greatest of men get reduced to utter fools.
The importance of Kshama cannot be over-stressed. This virtue
is best cultivated under adverse circumstances, and one must
therefore gladly welcome troubles instead of regarding them
Jealousy is the greatest enemy of man, and it takes root when
Kshama is absent. If you possess the virtue of Kshama, then
none of these enemies can come anywhere near you. Cultivation
of Kshama must therefore be an important priority. No doubt
you will face many difficulties during life's journey, but
bravely march on, taking courage from the fact that once you
have Kshama there is nothing that you cannot achieve.