forgive them; for they know not what they do." Luke 24:34 This request
of Jesus is more than just for the moment of the crucifixion and for those
that perpetrated that crime. It extended to all mankind throughout
time and reveals the compassionate heart of God. How can any man
have all the information and understanding necessary to know exactly what
he is doing? The Book of Proverbs says that only God knows a man's
way. Even a criminal does not know how he violates his own soul.
The cosmic delusion (called Maya to the Hindus and Satan to Christians)
disguises the ultimate reality of every soul's relationship with God.
The restless mind and heart must be trained to be more forgiving by approaching
God in stillness, meditation, wakefulness, and prayer. No other reality
matters more than our relationship with Him. God will heal all our
wounds and comfort all hurts when we contact Him and His joy in cosmic
ecstasy in this life (and not just after we die). He is beyond all
creation and came to us personally. We cannot possibly know all His
ways; He who is the creator.
by Paramahansa Yogananda, p.200