Love manifests towards those whom we like as love; towards those whom
we do not like as forgiveness.
Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
In the East, when we speak of saints or sages, it is not because of
their miracles, it is because of their presence and their countenance
which radiate vibrations of love. How does this love express itself?
In tolerance, in forgiveness, in respect, in overlooking the faults
of others. Their sympathy covers the defects of others as if they
were their own; they forget their own interest in the interest of
others. They do not mind what conditions they are in; be they high or
humble, their foreheads are smiling. To their eyes everyone is the
expression of the Beloved, whose name they repeat. They see the
divine in all forms and in all beings.
Think of the life of the great Master Jesus... one sees that from
beginning to end there was nothing but love and forgiveness. The best
expression of love is that love which is expressed in forgiveness.
Those who came with their wrongs, errors, imperfections, before the
love, that was all forgiven; there was always a stream of love which
We may make an ideal in our imagination, and, whenever we see that
goodness is lacking, we may add to it from our own heart and so
complete the nobility of human nature. This is done by patience,
tolerance, kindness, forgiveness. The lover of goodness loves every
little sign of goodness. He overlooks the faults and fills up the
gaps by pouring out love and supplying that which is lacking. This is
real nobility of soul. Religion, prayer, and worship, are all
intended to ennoble the soul, not to make it narrow, sectarian or
bigoted. One cannot arrive at true nobility of spirit if one is not
prepared to forgive the imperfections of human nature. For all men,
whether worthy or unworthy, require forgiveness, and only in this way
can one rise above the lack of harmony and beauty.