Divine Qualities: Forgiveness

                                                                  Q. From the beginning on, I have been completely unable to fit in with the devotees. The major issue seems to be my lack of faith or confidence in the process, and the devotees do not seem to tolerate that. For the most part at the nama-hatta, nobody speaks to me at all, and if they do, it is usually in a patronizing, condescending tone. Unless I initiate a conversation, barely anyone ever talks to me. I therefore feel like I am merely an impostor and that they would rather see I wouldn't be there at all.

                                                                  Q. What is forgiveness and letting go in Krishna Consciousness? Is it  that you have someone who has hurt you, but you forgive them in your  mind and let go since you need to move forward? Or forgive them and  continue talking to them as normal? How do you define forgiveness?

                                                                  Forgiveness is a very critical part of character development. Forgiveness has a significant impact upon who we are *within*, i.e. how we conduct our internal lives. Forgiveness or the lack of it also very often defines the nature of our relationships with those who are close to us.

                                                                  Q. Is guilt for past deeds a good thing? I feel guilty of past mistakes done when there was no knowledge of Krishna Consciousness; however, that guilt makes me sad and dejected. How to counteract feeling low out of guilt and rather use that realization to become more determined and enthusiastic for Krishna Consciousness.

                                                                  Since Bhaktivinoda Thakur uses the term 'regret' instead of guilt, I am going to respond to your question using the term 'regret'

                                                                  Q: Apparently one version of Ramayana indicates Mantara being severely admonished or even beaten by Shatrughna when he found out from a Minister that she was behind the intrigue of Ram’s banishment. Bharata stopped this. Can you verify?