The Importance of Forgiveness by Cat Matlock, a Mantra Teacher Student


One thing about forgiveness is this:
Forgiving someone doesn’t mean they win. YOU always win when you forgive because your energy is freed to flow within you, dissipating sickness, disease, mental stress, etc. Forgiving means you move on and never means you have to associate with that person again and let them continue to harm you. You aren’t agreeing to be walked on. You are choosing to be at a higher level of greatness. One of the hardest challenges in my 25 year long process with forgiveness is that I have had to accept that there are people that I’ve needed to forgive that don’t even admit they ever did something harmful, mean, etc. I’ve had to forgive people I’ve never seen again and never got to confront them on their harming me. I’ve had to forgive my little self for being an ass, for being greedy, for lying when I was consumed with my shadows. And every time I say to myself or someone else, “I forgive you” I get lighter and brighter. I feel there is nothing more powerful than forgiveness because it opens the doors of compassion, releasing shame, releasing anger, and ultimately, profound love.


About Satyabhama Ashley-Farrand

Satyabhama met Satguru Sant Keshavadas in December 1980 at his Temple of Cosmic Religion in Washington, DC. She also met Thomas Ashley-Farrand/Namadeva Acharya (1940-2010) the same evening, and a year and a week later they were married by Satgurus Sant Keshavadas and Rama Mata. Satyabhama studied with Sant Keshavadas and Rama Mata and with Namadeva for the next 3 decades. She became a Vedic priest in her own right in the mid-1980s and worked with Namadeva Acharya in performing and teaching ancient mantra techniques and spiritual practices. In 2008 and 2009, like Namadeva Acharya, she received guru diksha to be a guru from Satguru Rama Mata, Sadguru Sant Keshavadas' widow, to whom he passed the lineage in 1997. When Namadeva Acharya discovered that his death was imminent, he told Satyabhama that he wanted her to continue their mission of teaching the dharma, and he gave her a powerful initiation to enable her to teach his workshops with his spiritual energy. Since then, she has continued to travel and teach and also to manage the Gayatri Temple in Beaverton, Oregon, with the encouragement of Satguru Rama Mata and her family. Satyabhama has a B.A. from New York University and a Law Degree from Southwestern School of Law. Dedicated to serving God through humanity, she is a certified mediator and maintained a private law practice from 1981-2007. Prior to her law practice, Satyabhama worked to further the status of women through her involvement with the National Organization for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus. In 2004, Satyabhama assumed management of Saraswati Publications, LLC and Sanatana Dharma Satsang, Inc., a 501(c)3 religious organization. She is committed to making the world a better place in which Divine Law becomes the law of life.

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