I have found that I have to forgive others in all situations
to maintain any real spiritual progress. The vital importance
of forgiving may not be obvious to me at first sight, but
my studies tell me that every great spiritual teacher has
insisted strongly upon it.
I must forgive injuries, not just
in words, or as a matter of form, but in my heart. I do this
not for the other persons' sake, but for my own sake. Resentment,
anger, or a desire to see someone punished, are things that
rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles to me with chains.
They tie me to other problems that have nothing to do with
my original problem.