Q: Gurudev, you spoke of the necessity to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed us. But what is more difficult for me is forgiving myself, and to let go of the guilt I feel from the hurt and betrayal I have caused others.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If you find you have some sins, give it to me, I will take care of it. Don’t worry about it. You give me your past and I will take responsibility of your past. You have nothing to do about it.
You are relieved of your past. Forget about it. Move on to the future. .
The future is on a platter for you, fresh; so drop your past coat here. Move afresh and naked to the next level, got it. ?
Do you know, whenever a student came to a master, the student would be given a different name, to signify a new birth. It’s a second birth. 'Until now, whatever mistakes you did, you did it out of arrogance, you did it out of lust, you did it out of greed, you did it out of anger'.
These are the four doors to hell - lust, greed, arrogance and anger. You would have committed a mistake out of these four things. There is no fifth thing. Drop these things. In the present moment you are innocent. Believe in your innocence in the present moment. Just remember this.
Give me your past, believe in your innocence in the present moment and move on with enthusiasm.
Lord Krishna in the Gita (scripture of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata) says the same thing to Arjuna, ‘Arjuna, you are trying to get rid of your sins. It is impossible. I will relieve you of your sins, you don’t worry about it. Just drop your mind to me, I will take care of your past sins. Don’t grieve about your past’.
I say the same thing. Don’t grieve about your past; drop it, and move on.