Forgiveness does not mean we do not care
or that the other person is pardoned.
Our forgiving others does not mean they will escape their karmic consequences. We can forgive; we cannot pardon. Nor does forgiving mean we do not care about what happened—it means we understand.
Understand that actions will unfailingly have consequences.
Understand the potency of one’s karmic force amassed over uncountable lifetimes.
Understand the futility of embracing our desire for retaliation.
By forgiving, we ease our pain. Also, we spare ourselves having to act as judge and executioner. The wrongdoer’s just retribution will occur naturally; we do not have to dispense it. Instead of expending energy on vengeful thoughts, we can release them. Failing to do so, they will pull us down into a spiral of anger, reprisal, and more suffering. As the Buddha cautioned, being angry is like holding a hot coal waiting to throw it at another.
We are the one who gets burned. Now, and for lifetimes to come.