Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance towards a person or a group who had harmed us, regardless of whether they deserve our forgiveness or not. Forgiving really means pardoning the unpardonable act of aggression just like believing what is unbelievable and hoping when everything seems hopeless. Only a person who has the attitude of forgiveness can be endowed with sacred love. This cannot be learned from textbooks nor can it be acquired from preceptors or anyone else. It is something one cultivates himself in times of difficulties, trials and tribulations that one is forced to meet. Only when we face problems and difficulties that cause grief and misery, this quality of forbearance and forgiveness has the scope for taking root. When we are confronted with problems and difficulties, we should not get upset and become victims of depression which is a sign of weakness. In such a situation, we should bring tolerance and an attitude of forgiveness into play and should not get agitated giving rise to anger, hatred and revengeful attitude. We are the embodiment of strength and not weakness. The quality of forgiveness is the greatest power for us and when we lose it, we become demonic. Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “Forgiveness is the most powerful thing we can do for ourselves on the spiritual path. If we cannot learn to forgive, we can forget about getting to a higher level of consciousness”. Most important in forgiveness is to learn how to forgive oneself instead of wrapping one with the cloth of guilt. That is a stumbling block for personal growth and development. Whatever we have done before, we need to learn to accept and let go. We are not perfect, and we can make mistakes. We need to learn not to hide from the shadows of the past. Let us not get trapped in the darkness of shattered memories and let the light pass through and shine upon us. Forgiving oneself is the only way to step into the future from the past by pressing the pause and then the play button. Forgiving others is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. There are several steps involved in the process of forgiving. First, one should understand the emotions associated with hurt feelings and make a commitment to feel better. Forgiveness is not necessarily reconciling with the person who offended us but recognizing that our distress is due to our own emotions and thoughts and letting them go. It helps us reduce the expectations from someone who hurt us earlier and know allowing such emotions to prolong is equivalent to giving away the power to someone else. Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what had been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning. We forgive others, not because they deserve it, but because we deserve peace. Sometimes, we may forgive someone and still not want to have anything to do with them. Forgiveness is about freeing ourselves of pain. It is not about making room for someone painful in our future. Forgiving is not an act of weakness, but it shows our strength to come out of our emotions, become stronger recognizing the mistakes committed by others, and forgive them to set ourselves free. One should forgive, under any injury. It has been said that the continuation of the species is due to man’s being forgiving. Forgiveness is holiness; by forgiveness, the universe is held together. Forgiveness is the might of the mighty; forgiveness is sacrifice; forgiveness is quiet of mind; forgiveness and gentleness are the qualities of the self-possessed. They represent eternal virtue. The greatest benefit is the presence of balance in life. The practice of forgiveness gives us a sense of equanimity. We can take happiness and joy in a neutral manner. It gives us the courage to face the challenges of life. It raises our EQ (emotional quotient) and results in the manifestation of Love for all.